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DevelopmentalNeuroscienceandPsychopathologyMRes
ThisuniquetwoyearinternationalprogrammeisofferedincollaborationwithYaleUniversity.Thereisafocus
ondevelopmentalpsychopathologydrawingonneurobiological,cognitive,developmental,clinicaland
psychoanalyticperspectives.StudentsspendyearoneatUCLandyeartwoatYalewhereawiderangeof
supervisedresearchopportunitiesareavailable.

KeyInformation
Modesandduration

Fulltime:2years
Programmestartdate

September2016
TuitionFees(2016/17)

UK/EU:
9,020(FT)
Overseas:
23,020(FT)
Applicationdeadlines

Allapplicants
Open:5October2015
Close:17June2016
EntryRequirements

AminimumofanuppersecondclassBachelor'sdegreefromaUKuniversityoranoverseasqualificationofan
equivalentstandard.
EnglishLanguageRequirements

IfyoureducationhasnotbeenconductedintheEnglishlanguage,youwillbeexpectedtodemonstrateevidence
ofanadequatelevelofEnglishproficiency.
TheEnglishlanguagelevelforthisprogrammeis:Good
FurtherinformationcanbefoundonourEnglishlanguagerequirementspage.
Internationalstudents

Countryspecificinformation,includingdetailsofwhenUCLrepresentativesarevisitingyourpartoftheworld,
canbeobtainedfromtheInternationalStudentswebsite.
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Internationalapplicantscanfindouttheequivalentqualificationfortheircountrybyselectingfromthelist
below.
Selectyourcountry: Selectacountry
Notethatthisisahighlyselectivecourseandinterviewsareheldonarollingbasis.Earlyapplicationsare
recommended.
Typically10studentsareacceptedeachyear.Thefocusofthisprogrammeisonunderstandingtheemergenceof
developmentalpsychopathologyfrommultipleperspectives,drawingonneurobiological,cognitive,
developmental,clinicalandpsychoanalyticperspectives.Asubstantialresearchprojectiscompletedinthe
secondyearatYale.AsanMRes,thisMastersprogrammeprovidesanexcellentframeworktoadvance
students'researchskills,importantforthoseplanningafuturePhDorClinicalDoctorate.
Content
ObjectivesandOutcomes
Theprogrammeprovidesanintroductiontoarangeofperspectivesondevelopmentalpsychopathology,
coveringallmajordisordersofchildhood.Theabilitytocriticallyevaluatecurrentresearchandtheskills
neededtodesignandimplementresearchapproachesarecentraltothecourse,particularlyfMRIandEEG
neuroimagingtechniques.
Year1Teaching
InthefirstyearyouwillbeprimarilybasedattheAnnaFreudCentreinHampstead,Londonwithfull
accesstoUCLsinternationallyrenownedcampus,includinglibrariesandcomputerfacilities.Thefirst
yearmodulesprovideafoundationindevelopmentalpsychopathology,(whichincludesanintroductionto
themaintherapeuticorientationsusedwithchildrenandyoungpeople),neuroscienceresearchand
methodology,statisticsandpsychoanalytictheory.
Year2Teaching
TeachingduringYear2comprisesaseriesofformativeworkshopsthataimtosupportstudentsin
completingtheirindependentresearchprojectandengageproductivelyintheworkoftheresearchlabof
theirmentor/supervisor.
Theseworkshopsinclude:fMRImethodsEEGmethodsAdvancedResearchDesignandIntegrating
CrossDisciplinaryPerspectives.Electivesareofferedatpostgraduatelevels,rangingfromneuroscience,
philosophy,clinicalscience,researchmethodologyandstatistics.Westronglyencouragestudentsto
producepublishablefindingsfromtheirresearch,incollaborationwiththeirresearchmentor.
WhyStudyatUCL?
TheDivisionofPsychology&LanguageSciencesundertakesworldleadingresearchandteachingin
mind,behaviour,andlanguage.
Ourworkattractsstaffandstudentsfromaroundtheworld.Togethertheycreateanoutstandingand
vibrantenvironment,takingadvantageofcuttingedgeresourcessuchasabehaviouralneuroscience
laboratory,acentreforbrainimaging,andextensivelaboratoriesforresearchinspeechandlanguage,
perception,andcognition.
Thereareopportunitiesforgraduatestudentstobetaughtbyworldrenownedresearchersinallareasof
investigation,frombasicprocessestoappliedresearch.TheDivisionoffersasupportiveenvironment
includingnumerousspecialistseminars,workshops,andguestlectures.
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Whoistheprogrammefor?
Theprogrammeisparticularlysuitableforstudentswithastrongacademicbackgroundinpsychology,
medicine,genetics,neuroscienceandrelateddisciplineswhohaveaninterestinneuroscienceandwishto
progresstoaPhDorClinicalDoctorate.Applicantsarenotrequiredtohaveextensiveresearch
experience,butsomerelevantresearchexperienceandideallyfamiliaritywithempiricalresearch(e.g.
datacollection,analysisandwritingup)isimportant.
Structure
ThistwoyearMResiscomprisedofatotalvalueof330creditsacrosseightcoreassessedmodules,
formativecourses,andaresearchportfolio.
Year1:London
CourseThemes Modules
Neuroscience
Research
Methods
Child
Development
and
Psychopathology
Psychoanalytic
Thought

NeuroscienceMethods
EvaluatingResearchLiterature
(Formative)

AffectiveNeuroscience
StatisticalAnalysis

ResearchSkills

MultiplePerspectiveson
MultiplePerspectives
DevelopmentandPsychopathology onDevelopmentand
I
PsychopathologyII

(Doublemodule
spanning2terms)

AnIntroductiontoPsychoanalytic
Theory

TheClinicalTheoryof
Psychoanalysis

Year2:Yale
Research

Oralpresentationandproposal

Dissertation

Formativeteaching

Seriesofworkshopscovering
EEG,fMRI,advancedresearch
designandintegration

TeachingandAssessment
Theprogrammeisdeliveredthroughlectures,researchclasses,tutorials,smallgroupseminars,and
computerbasedpracticalclasses.Assessmentisnormallythroughessays,statisticalassignments,
submissionofaliteraturereviewandunseenexaminations.Inthesecondyearassessmentwillbeby
researchportfolio(seedetailsbelow)
ResearchPortfolio
AttheendofYear2studentssubmitaresearchportfoliothatcomprises:
ProjectPresentationconsistsofanoralpresentationoftheirresearchideas,thesupportingpowerpoint
slidesandawrittenresearchproposal.Thiselementisworth15credits.
Dissertationa15,00017,000wordthesisrelatingtothestudentsindependentresearchprojectThis
elementisworth165credits.
Aconferencestyleresearchposter,worth15credits.
Previousprojectshavespannedabroadrangeofpopulationsandmethodologiesandhaveincluded:
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fMRIandsocialexclusioninautism
EEG,faceprocessingandautisticandpsychopathictraits
fMRIandchildhoodmaltreatment
Mentalisationinadolescents:understandingaddictions
EEGfMRI:thebiologicalbasisofrisktakingandreward
Effectiveattachmentbasedinterventionsformothersinsubstancemisusetreatment
Clickheretoseeonepreviousstudentpresenthisresearchinashortvideo.
NathanHayesDNPAlumni,discusseshisDissertation:TheImpactofMaternalSubstanceUseon
NeuralProcessingofSocialandNonsocialFeedback
Application

ApplyNow
Application
EntryRequirements
NormallyaminimumofanuppersecondclassBachelor'sdegreefromaUKuniversityoranoverseas
qualificationofanequivalentstandard.
PleaseseeourEnglishproficiencyrequirements.
DeadlineforApplications
Theofficialdeadlineisthe17thJune2016butwesuggestapplyingearlyasthisisahighlyselective
course.
Pleasenote:youarerequiredtoprovidedetailsof2refereesinyourapplication,atleastoneofwhom
shouldbeacademic.Werequireyourreferencestobecompletedonorverysoonaftertheapplication
deadlinesopleasebearthisinmindwhenyouapply.
Funding
Pleasenote:thiscourseisnoteligibleforUSFederalLoanAuthorityfunding.
TheAnnaFreudCentreoffersonebursaryforthisMRescourse(3000peryear)whichisopenonlyto
HomeandEUStudents.Itisawardedbasedonacademicabilityandpotentialaswellasonfinancialneed.
Pleasenote,studentsareonlyeligibletoapplyforthebursaryoncetheyhavebeenissuedwithafirm
offerfromUCLforthiscourse.ThebursaryisadministeredbytheAnnaFreudCentreandisnotpartof
UCL.
UCLScholarships
ThereareavarietyofdifferentfundingoptionsforbothUK/EUandInternationalStudents.For
informationonentryscholarshipsandothersourcesoffundingforGraduatestudentspleasegotothe
UCLScholarshipspage
Testimonials
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ImadethedecisiontoundertakeadegreeinDevelopmentalNeuroscienceandPsychopathologybecause
Iwantedtobeattheforefrontofanewfieldthathasthepotentialtolinkknowledgeaboutthebrainwith
ourunderstandingofthemind.ThisfirstyearinLondonalsohelpedforgeanawarenessabouttheways
inwhichneuroscienceandpsychoanalysiscanunitetoformaspecialunderstandingofdevelopment.
BeinginvolvedwitharesearchlabatYaleduringthesecondyearhasallowedmetoapplymyownideas
andcreateauniqueresearchproject.Sofarmydecisionhasprovedtobeanextremelyrewardingone,
andIamconfidentitwillcontinuetochallengemebothintellectuallyandacademically
Justin,formerDNPstudent
Ihavefoundthatthecourseoffersachallengingandfascinatingjourneythroughmultipledisciplinesand
theirpointsofintersection.Thetwoyearprogrammehasgivenmepracticalresearchexperienceintwo
leadingresearchinstitutions.Ihavefeltthat,ratherthanbeingsimplytaught,wehavebeenencouraged
tothinkinorderthatwemightcontributetothisnewandrapidlygrowingmultidisciplinarydebate
ourselves.
Jo,formerDNPstudent
ThetwoyearsspentattheAnnaFreudCentre/UCLandYalehavebeenanintellectuallystimulatingtime
duringwhichIacquiredthenecessaryskillstofurthermycareer.Inparticular,Ienjoyedthefactthatthe
programmeofferedbothacomprehensivetaughtcomponent(duringthefirstyearinLondon)aswellasa
stronghandsonresearchexperience(duringthesecondyearinYale).Theresearchprojectgoeswell
beyondwhatmostmasterprogramsusuallyoffer.DuringthesecondyearatYaleIhadtheunique
opportunitytoimmersemyselfinaresearchenvironment,forafullyear,withsomeofthebestteamsinthe
world.Moreover,thetaughtcomponentsduringboththefirstandthesecondyearallowedmetohave
directcontactanddiscussionswithworldleadingcliniciansandacademicsofvariousfields,including
developmentalpsychopathology,cognitiveneuroscienceandpsychoanalysis.
Mattia,formerDNPstudent
VisittheAnnaFreudCentrewebsiteforavirtualtourandtofindoutmoreaboutpostgraduate
studyattheCentre.
Careers
Typically,studentsaremotivatedtopursuearesearchcareer(forexample,workingasaresearchfellow,
undertakingaPhD)orpursuingaclinicalcareer(forexample,applyingforaClinicalPsychology
doctorateorChildPsychotherapytraining).
Overhalfofstudentstypicallyprogresstofurtherresearch,eitherasresearchassistantsortoPhD
programmes.Theremaindereitherpursuefurtherclinicaltrainingorwork.Aminoritydecidetopursuea
careeroutsideofpsychology.Thechartbelowdetailsthecareerpathsofourgraduatesfrom201415.

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Contact
Department:DivisionofPsychologyandLanguageSciences
ContactName:MsLaurenShum
ContactEmail:lauren.shum@annafreud.org
FAQs
Q.DoIneedaspecialistbackgroundinneurosciencetoapplyforthiscourse?
A.No.Allprospectivestudentswillbeexpectedtohaveaninterestinneuroscience,andsomeapplicants
mayhavecompletedintroductorycoursesatundergraduatelevel.Applicantswillneedtobeabletospeak
atinterviewabouttheirinterestinneuroscience.
Q.Whatkindofbackgrounddoyoulookforinsuccessfulcandidates?
A.Previouslysuccessfulapplicantshaveastrongacademicbackgroundin:PsychologyMedicine
GeneticsNeuroscienceandRelateddisciplines.Relevantresearchexperienceisalsohighlydesirable.
Q.WouldIneedtohavelotsofresearchexperiencetosecureanoffer?
A.Applicantsarenotrequiredtohavehadextensiveresearchexperience,butsomefamiliaritywith
experimentalwork(e.g.datacollection,analysisandwritingup)isimportant.
Q.I'manoverseasstudent.WherecanIconvertmygradestofindoutifIameligibleforthe
course?
A.YoucanfindinformationonconvertinggradesontheInternationalStudentswebsite,under
informationbycountry.
Q.AmIrequiredtotaketheGREtoqualifyfortheMRes?
A.No.ApplicantsdonotneedtotaketheGRE.Thisisnotrequiredaspartoftheselectionprocess.
Q.IsitpossibletodotheMResasaparttimestudent?
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A.Theprogrammeisofferedasfulltimeonly.
Q.Doyouacceptmaturestudents?
A.Yes,weacceptstudentsofallagesprovidingtheymeettheGraduateAdmissionrequirements.More
informationabouttheUniversity'sEqualOpportunitiesPolicycanbefoundontheEqualOpportunities
pageofthewebsite.
Q.ArefeespayableforbothyearsoftheMRes?
A.Yes,feesarepayabletoUCLforbothyearsofstudy.
Q.AretherefundsorgrantswithintheUniversityordepartmentthatmaybeabletoassistwiththe
costofthecourse?
A.ThereareavarietyofdifferentfundingoptionsforbothUK/EUandInternationalStudents.For
informationonentryscholarshipsandothersourcesoffundingforGraduatestudentspleasegotothe
UCLScholarshipspage.Toapplyforfundingitisnecessarytohavefilledinanapplicationformfor
admissionasaGraduatestudentbeforecompletingascholarshipapplicationform.Pleasenotethatthe
deadlinesforscholarshipapplicationsarestronglyadheredtoandnoapplicationwillbeacceptedafterthe
deadlinedateindicated.
TheAnnaFreudCentreoffersonebursaryforthisMRescourse(3000peryear)whichisopenonlyto
HomeandEUStudents.Itisawardedbasedonacademicabilityandpotentialaswellasonfinancialneed.
Pleasenote,studentsareonlyeligibletoapplyoncetheyhavebeenissuedwithafirmofferfromUCLfor
thiscourse.ThebursaryisadministeredbytheAnnaFreudCentreandisnotpartofUCL.
Q.DoIneedHealthInsurance?
A.StudentshaveaccesstoNationalHealthService(NHS)provisionwhilstintheUK.Priortogoingto
Yale,studentsarerequiredtoensurethattheyhaveadequatehealthinsuranceinplaceinordertomeet
visarequirements(ifrelevant)andrequirementsforadmissiontoYale.Somestudentsmaybeeligibleto
applyforaUCLtravelinsurancepolicy.
Q.WhathappensifIfailanexam?
A.Candidateswillbeallowedtoreenterforassessmentofanelementoftheprogrammeinthefollowing
sessionforoneoccasiononly.
Q.WhatkindofcareersdopeoplemoveintoaftertheMRes?
A.TypicallytwothirdsofstudentsprogresstoaPhDoraresearchpostfollowinggraduation.Abouta
thirdtakeamoreclinicalroutebystartingaclinicalpsychologytraining,usuallyatdoctorallevel.A
minorityofstudentsdecidetopursuerelatedcareers,forexampleinscientificjournalism.
Staff
ProfessorEamonMcCroryistheProgrammeDirectorforthiscourse.EamonisalsotheHeadof
PostgraduateStudiesforallUCLcoursesattheAnnaFreudCentre,aswellasConsultantClinical
PsychologistandCodirectoroftheDevelopmentalRiskandResilienceUnitatUCL.
ProfessorLindaMayesistheProgrammeCoordinatoratYale.LindaleadstheYaleBridgeProgramme
attheAnnaFreudCentre,andistheArnoldGesellProfessorofChildPsychiatry,Paediatrics,and
PsychologyintheYaleChildStudyCenter.

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ResearchThemes
Clinical,Educational,andHealthPsychology
ExperimentalPsychology
InstituteofCognitiveNeuroscience
Language&Cognition
Linguistics
Speech,Hearing&PhoneticSciences
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