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UCL (University College London): Early Child Development and Clinical Applications

Institution UCL (University College London) View institution profile
Department Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
Study type Taught


This programme, based at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, provides a unique foundation for individuals interested in a clinical/psychotherapy training or a research/academic career in child development. The MSc combines a comprehensive multi-perspective understanding of development and clinical practice in the early years with a supervised clinical placement, a two-year observation of infants in a family setting, and a research project.

The programme provides a multi-perspective theoretical grounding in early child development, allowing students to:

  • Develop practical observational and clinical skills for work with children and parents in the early years;

  • Engage deeply with an area of knowledge and develop the skills required for conducting reliable and valid research;

  • Develop skills in integration across theory, clinical practice and research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 270 credits.

Year 1: Eleven compulsory modules (165 credits).

Year 2: Three compulsory modules (45 credits) and a research paper (60 credits).

The programme also consists of formative modules and workshops (non-assessed) across the two years.


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