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Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology MSc

Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Developmental Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

This programme, run in conjunction with, and based in 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 a year-long observation of infants in a family setting, and a research project. Students develop a theoretical grounding in psychoanalysis as related to child development and clinical practice. Observations of parents and children allow students to witness some of these theoretical constructs in real world contexts and help students develop the observational skills essential in clinical work. The research teaching covers qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and gives students the tools necessary for conducting reliable, valid and ethical research. Please note this programme is now only offered on a full time basis and no longer has a part time option.


Students who successfully complete the MSc can apply their degree in a variety of settings. Our graduates have found work as psychology assistants or child mental health workers, taken up posts as research assistants and have been admitted to psychotherapy trainings in both adult and child programmes and to PhD positions.

Optional qualifications

This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Research paper - Core
Observation I: Parent Infant - Core
Research Methods II: Introduction to Statistical Analysis - Core
Psychoanalytic Thought: Developments and Applications - Core
Psychoanalytic Thought: Introduction to the Clinical Theory of Psychoanalysis - Core
Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Child Development III: Latency and Adolescence - Core
Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Child Development I: Infancy - Core
Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Child Development II: Toddlerhood and Early Childhood - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

University information

UCL (University College London) is a world-renowned institution in the heart of London. It offers 675 postgraduate research, taught and teacher training programmes, covering a range of disciplines. Students can gain qualifications through: Master’s degrees MPhil/PhD degrees PGCE degrees Founded in 1826, UCL has had countless inspiring minds walk through its doors – 29 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to its current or former staff...more

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