The Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc is currently the only paediatric programme in the UK that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and students who successfully complete the programme are deemed to have completed the academic components of the BPS professional Qualification in Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology (QiCN).
Students of clinical paediatric neuropsychology develop an understanding of the techniques, methods and contemporary findings in the field. They are trained to interpret clinical case presentations within the context of current scientific findings of developmental brain-behaviour relationships and gain knowledge of the major 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 (120 credits, full time nine months and part-time two years) is 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 a combination of lectures, group seminars, video demonstrations and directed self-study time (reading, essay writing, seminar preparations). Assessment is by two essay journal papers of up to 3,000 words each, two commentary papers of up to 1,500 words each and four 90-minute unseen examinations, and the dissertation examined by viva-voce.
The British Psychological Society (BPS) views the QiCN as the 'gold standard' for practitioners in clinical neuropsychology.
Top career destinations for this degree:
-Psychologist, NHS University College London
-Consultant Clinical Psychologist, The Children's Trust (NHS)
-Educational Psychologist, Camden Local Education Authority
The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides graduates with the knowledge and research components required to work as clinical paediatric neuropsychologists in the UK. The third dimension, practice, is examined by the BPS. Universities do not currently offer organisation or supervision of the practice dimension in neuropsychology.
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 Great Ormond Street 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.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas equivalent. Applicants are required to be qualified clinical or educational psychologists or educational psychologists as recognised by the Health and Care Professsions Council. Applicants with a Psychology BSc but who are not yet clinical or educational psychologists should apply for Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc.