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Our world-class, research-led learning experience attracts the very best students from around the world who enjoy unrivalled learning opportunities – supported by strong partnerships with the NHS. Each year we are joined by hundreds of students from around the world, who join a thriving community of scholars, looking to take the next step in their career.

Our students benefit from:

  • Outstanding career, networking and mentoring opportunities, learning from some of the world’s leading academics in the field.
  • Superb range of clinical placements through our partnership with the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust, which offers the widest range of mental health services in the UK.
  • World-class research and study facilities.
  • Access to a hugely diverse clinical population and vast data sets.

In our MSc in Developmental Psychology & Psychopathology, you will develop knowledge about the genetic and environmental causes of developmental psychopathology from pregnancy through to adulthood, the standard psychological therapies and treatments available, and research methods and statistics relevant to this field. The course will provide you with tools to understand both latest research findings and current treatments for mental health conditions across the lifespan. You will benefit from comprehensive coverage of the field exploring how biological (genetic), behavioural and cognitive processes, along with family and wider social forces, can affect development across the life course. The course is ideal if you plan to work/are working in mental health of young people (for example, within academia, education, charities, the media and in policy development), plan to study for a PhD, or if you are looking to progress to a role in the psychological professions (such as assistant psychologist, clinical associate in psychology, mental health and well-being practitioner, clinical psychologist). Placements are available in diverse settings, including mental health charities, within research teams and clinical services, and within the government.

Study with us

Duration: 12 months full-time. September to September

This course will develop your knowledge about genetic and environmental causes of developmental psychopathology across the lifespan.

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Explore postgraduate study in Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry

Who we are

About us

About the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre

Research themes

Our research

Combining social, genetic and developmental research to understand mental health.