M.Sc. On Campus

Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice

24 months
29400 GBP/year
12900 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice programme offered at the University College London (UCL) aims to encourage an integrated understanding of child development and a range of childhood disorders, and to give students an opportunity to apply this understanding in a clinical setting through a supervised placement in the second year within a mental health service.


The Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice programme offered at the University College London draws together theory, research and therapeutic thinking from a range of perspectives, including clinical and cognitive psychology, systemic thinking, psychoanalysis and neuroscience. 

In a workshop setting, students develop competencies in engagement, assessment and evaluation, and practical skills necessary for therapeutic work with children and families. 

These are then put into practice during the clinical placement.


Since the MSc was established in 2011, graduates have gone on to work with children and families in children's services and various therapeutic settings, or to undertake doctoral-level clinical training, such as clinical psychology, child psychotherapy, or counselling psychology. Some of our graduates also pursue research careers, taking up posts as research assistants or going on to PhD study.


Completing this MSc will help you develop several core clinical competencies and provide direct supervised experience of work in a child and adolescent mental health service, placing you in a very strong position to proceed to a full clinical training, such as in clinical psychology or child psychotherapy.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Multiple Perspectives on Development Psychopathology
  • Research Methods  (formative)
  • Research Methods : Introduction to Statistical Analysis
  • Research Methods : Introduction to Qualitative Research (formative)
  • Evaluating Clinical Interventions
  • Psychoanalytic Thought: Introduction to the Clinical Theory of Psychoanalysis
  • Building and Maintaining Therapeutic Relationships
  • Assessment and Planning Clinical Interventions
  • Parent-Infant Observation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


270 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in Psychology, or in another relevant social, clinical or life science discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
  • It is highly desirable that students have obtained relevant experience working with children or adolescents prior to application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29400 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    12900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12900 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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