Taught course

Early Child Development and Clinical Applications

UCL - University College London · Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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Months of entry


Course content

This programme, based at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, provides a unique foundation for individuals interested in a clinical/psychotherapy training or a research/academic career in child development. The MSc combines a comprehensive multi-perspective understanding of development and clinical practice in the early years with a supervised clinical placement, a two-year observation of infants in a family setting, and a research project.

Teaching on the programme is based at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in London, a world-renowned centre for research, training and clinical practice in the field of child mental health.

The MSc is also based within UCL's Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, one of the world’s leading integrated departments of research and teaching in mind, behaviour and language.

This MSc integrates different theoretical and clinical perspectives and gives students the opportunity to develop skills necessary to work with babies, children under the age of five and families. While the MSc has a predominantly psychoanalytic approach, it integrates current research from developmental psychology and neuroscience. The programme envisages its graduates as being able to translate concepts across these domains and therefore develop an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of each domain itself and areas of overlap between domains. As such, it forms an excellent basis for careers in academia, clinical work and research.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


The programme’s theoretical modules are taught through a combination of weekly lectures, followed by workshops where students will be able to discuss lecture material and readings. Observations are discussed in small groups with an experienced psychoanalytic clinician. Clinical placements are supervised normally by clinicians from the Early Years Service at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Clinical competencies masterclasses are taught by experienced clinicians with various approaches. Research projects are carried out under the guidance of an individual research supervisor. Assessment types include but are not limited to: essay, exam, science communication article, care report, oral presentation, observation paper and a research paper. Assessment occurs throughout the programme (usually at the end of the relevant module).

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7794 2313