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 page.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme, run in conjunction with, and based at The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, 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 and children 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 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.

Click here to view testimonials from previous students on The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families Website

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years; Flexible: up to 5 years;

Fees and funding

Fee UK/EU Full-time: GBP9,290; UK/EU Part-time: GBP4,645; Overseas Full-time: GBP23,710; Overseas Part-time: GBP11,800;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, and theory and observation seminars. Seminar groups are small, often led by clinicians and allow plenty of opportunity for discussion and reflection. Research work is supported by an individual supervisor and by workshops throughout the year. Assessments include a variety of essays, examinations, observation papers and a research dissertation and assessment occurs throughout the programme (usually at the end of the relevant module).

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214