Taught course

Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology

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

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 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 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme, run in conjunction with the Anna Freud Centre, provides a unique foundation for individuals interested in pursuing a psychotherapy training or an academic career in childhood development. The programme combines psychoanalytic theory of development and inter-family relationships with year-long observations of infants, children and, in some cases, psychotherapists at work with families.

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

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

Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

Full-time: 1 year; Flexible: up to 5 years;

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
12 months


The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, observation exercises, and tutorials. Students are assessed throughout the programme. Assessments include a variety of essays, examinations, observation papers and a research dissertation.

Further information about the programme is available on the department website.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214