About the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences
The Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences (FANS) is one of Europe’s largest research groups and one of the few teams in the world bringing together leading experts in brain development and pro and antisocial behaviours. We believe it is essential to investigate the determinants of normal development in order to understand abnormal behaviour (or illness).
FANS academics play a critical role connecting expertise in basic animal models through to the latest neuroimaging technique, with epidemiology and the social sciences. We are world leaders in infant brain imaging, and in relating differences in brain structure and function to social and cognitive development. We also study the genetics, epidemiology, psychopathology, neurobiology and psychopharmacology of autistic spectrum disorders and ADHD across the lifespan; conduct disorder and callous unemotional behaviour in children; and offending and antisocial personality disorder in adulthood.
National and International Partnerships
We have extensive collaborative links with centres nationally and internationally, including large EU funded training networks linking the IOPPN to China, the USA, and the Netherlands. Our work is supported by large scale grants from leading agencies including the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, National Institute of Health Research, National Institutes of Health (USA), The Sackler Foundation, and the European Union. We currently hold around £45 million in research funding, and continually publish in the world’s best neuroscience, psychology and psychiatric journals.
By fostering collaboration between academics, researchers and clinicians, we rapidly translate cutting-edge research into clinical practice, improving patient outcomes, training and clinical practice to create world-leading improvements in healthcare. As part of the Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry Clinical Academic Group (CAG), we provide high quality forensic and neurodevelopmental services through the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM) – provider of the widest range of mental health services in the UK.
Our one year full time or two year part time MSc courses teach you everything you need to know and understand, whether enhancing your clinical practice, building a foundation for your DClinPsy application or providing a gateway for you onto our PhD programme. Highly rated in postgraduate teaching and research assessments, our education programmes reflect the integration of our research programme with our clinical services, presenting our students with a unique learning environment along with opportunites to become the next generation of world-leading translational researchers.
Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Science MD(Res)/MPhil/PhD
The Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences offers prospective students supervision from internationally recognised academics with expertise in many areas of forensic and neurodevelopmental research. These include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Infant brain development
- Neurodevelopment and Psychosis in the 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
- Research in the Forensic Environment
We welcome applications from prospective students. Find out more about the application process or visit Postgraduate Research Programmes for information about the PhD opportunities available within the School of Academic Psychiatry. For general guidance on potential supervisors, contact the Post Graduate Admissions Tutor Dr Vaheshta Sethna, including your CV and a brief research proposal.
Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time, September to September
Our Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences course provides you with a holistic understanding of the aetiology and clinical management of neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan, with a particular emphasis on the adult population.
Duration: MSc Clinical Forensic Psychology pathway: accredited by the British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology for Stage 1 chartered forensic psychology training
The Forensic Mental Health course is designed for students with a clinical or academic interest in the complex relationship between mental disorders and criminal behaviour.
See if you're eligible for a Master's Scholarship for 2022 entry.
FANS Events & Training
The deparment hosts the Forensic & Neurodevelopmental Sciences Research Seminars ,(FANS Science Meetings) providing invited speakers with the opportunity to present the latest research and developments from across the field. Seminars take place every 2 months and provide a lively forum for all to exchange knowledge and ideas and build connections across the department and beyond.
In addition, we also deliver a number of training courses including ADOS-2 and ADI-r. Further information about these and other course can be found on the FANS Autism training event series page.