Research course

Developmental Science

UCL - University College London · Research Department of Developmental Science

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or a taught Master’s degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Our research is distinctive in its interdisciplinary approach to the study of typical development and developmental disorders, viewing perception and cognition, visual and auditory pathways, and linguistic and psychological processes as necessarily intertwined. We also carry out leading research with clinical and educational application, evaluating possible interventions to enhance outcome.

UCL Developmental Science provides an outstanding research environment in which to study for MPhil/PhD. There are links to other Research Departments and Specialist Centres throughout the Division of Psychology and Language Science, providing the potential for collaboration with experts from related fields. The Division provides access to a range of resources including EEG, fMRI, TMS and eye-tracking equipment. We also have close links with Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London Hospital. There is a dedicated infant/child experimental laboratory based at Chandler House.

Department specialisms

Dyslexia Autism Spectrum Disorders: perception, attention and social communication Development of Language and Mathematical Skills Psycholinguistic Assessment and Intervention for Deaf Children Development of Children’s Understanding of Causality Assessment and Intervention for Children with Speech Production Difficulties Perception, Language and Communication in Deaf Children Auditory Processing and Language in Children with Mild to Moderate Sensorineural Hearing Loss Lexical Retrieval Difficulties in Children Social Cognition in Non-Speaking Children with Complex Motor Impairments Outcomes of Alternative and Augmentative Communications (AAC) Interventions Normal and Abnormal Visual Brain Development Models of Language Acquisition

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

There are a number of different sources of funding to support students entering the MPhil/PhD program in Developmental Science. Demonstratorships (teaching assistantships) are available. There are also PhD studentships available through the Doctoral Training Centres at UCL that are supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), either four years of funding (including 1 year Masters degree) or three years of funding. There are also four-year MRC/ESRC interdisciplinary studentships. Other sources of funding include the UCL Grand Challenges studentship programme, UCL Graduate Research Scholarships, UCL Overseas Research Scholarships, and the four-year Wellcome Scholarship.

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available at:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Dr John Swettenham
+44 (0)20 7679 4220
020 7679 3001