Our Program

Objectives and Outcomes

The program provides an introduction to a broad range of perspectives on developmental psychopathology, including psychoanalytic theory, neuroscience and cognitive theory. Students are equipped with knowledge and understanding of both neuroscientific and psychodynamic concepts and the ability to design research approaches using a range of neuroimaging and psychological techniques.

Why Study at UCL?

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behavior, and language.
Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioral neuroscience laboratory, a center for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

Who is the program for?

The program is particularly suitable for students with a strong academic background in psychology, medicine, genetics, neuroscience and related disciplines who have an interest in neuroscience. Applicants are not required to have extensive research experience, but some familiarity with experimental work (e.g. data collection, analysis and writing up) is important.

Year One: London

In the first year you will be based at The Anna Freud Centre in Hampstead, London. As a UCL student you will have access to the facilities of an internationally renowned university including library and computer facilities. The teaching in the first year comprises 11 mandatory modules, grouped into four streams, which are listed in the structure section below. These modules provide a foundation in developmental psychopathology, neuroscience research, statistics, psychoanalysis and normative developmental psychology. 

Year Two: Yale

Founded in 1701, Yale now stands amongst the world’s great universities. As a leading academic institution, it is renowned for its interdisciplinary and innovative biomedical research. The Child Study Center, a department at Yale University School of Medicine, brings together multiple disciplines to further the understanding of the problems of children and families including child psychiatry, pediatrics, genetics, neurobiology, epidemiology, psychology and social policy.

The strengths of the Center are reflected in the breadth and integrative nature of its research, clinical services, and training. In particular, the Child Study Center has been at the forefront of research in a number of developmental disorders including autism, Tourette’s syndrome, and ADHD. The Center is a short walk from the center of New Haven, a large New England town with rich cultural activities more akin to cities many times its size. In addition to many museums and coffee shops, New Haven offers a wonderful variety of excellent restaurants and cuisine. Moreover, it is only 90 minutes by train from the many attractions of New York City and Manhattan.

While at Yale students complete two core modules in Advanced Neuromethods and Clinical Applications of Neuroimaging. These modules provide a solid grounding in how atypical patterns of neural structure and function relate to psychopathology, and helps students integrate cognitive, psychoanalytic and neuroscientific approaches. Students have many opportunities to attend additional ‘elective’ courses, ranging from neuroscience, philosophy, clinical science, research methodology and statistics. Formative teaching and workshops on psychoanalysis are also provided to encourage students to integrate their understanding. Students are encouraged to produce publishable findings from their research.