This MSc is designed to train home students or overseas professionals in various aspects of science underpinning clinical paediatric neuropsychology practice, and is suitable for outstanding psychology postgraduates who are not yet qualified clinical or educational psychologists but are motivated to study paediatric neuropsychology at this stage of their career.
Students develop an understanding of the techniques, methods and contemporary findings of developmental cognitive neuroscience and are trained to interpret clinical case presentations within the context of the latest scientific findings of developmental brain-behaviour relationships. They gain knowledge of professional, ethical and service delivery issues in assessment and rehabilitative work.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma consists of eight core modules (120 credits), full-time nine months is also offered. There are no optional modules for this programme.
-Introduction to Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
-Professional Issues for Paediatric Neuropsychologists
-Development of Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Neural Systems
-Developmental Disorders and Neuropsychological Profiles
-Infant and Neurodevelopmental Assessment
-Assessment of Neuropsychological Disorders and Functional Implications
-Advanced Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
-Developing Clinical Formulations and Interventions
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial report and an oral presentation.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, group seminars, video demonstrations and directed self-study time (reading, essay, seminar preparations). Assessment is by two essay journal papers (up to 3,000 words each), two commentary papers (up to 1,500 words each) and four 90-minute unseen examinations, and the dissertation examined by viva voce.
This programme aims to equip students with the skills needed for positions such as research assistants and assistant psychologists and prepares students for PhDs and DClin Psych qualifications, which in turn lead to clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist positions.
Top career destinations for this degree:
-Research Assistant, University of Hong Kong
-Teaching Assistant, Springfield University Hospital (NHS)
-PhD Neuropsychology, University College London (UCL)
-Student Support Assistant, Barnet Southgate College
-Research Assistant, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (NHS)
Students can gain experience of administering and interpreting neuropsychological assessments, testing clinical groups, qualitative and quantitative data analysis (including neuroimaging and electrophysiology) and report writing. It gives students an excellent grounding to pursue PhD clinical psychology doctorate or research assistant positions.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This programme covers all key areas of the syllabus recommended by the BPS Division of Neuropsychology and draws on the wealth of specialist expertise in neuropsychology within Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the UCL Institute of Child Health and other related neuroscience and psychology departments within UCL. We also invite many external speakers who are international experts within their area of specialism.
The UCL Institute of Child Health has a very close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and much of its research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis.