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Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences MSc

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The overall aim of the programme is to develop a holistic understanding of the aetiology and clinical management of neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan, with a focus on the adult population.

Key benefits

  • Located at the heart of Europe's largest institute for psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience.
  • Compulsory clinical observation placement developing insight into clinical services.
  • Access to large sets of clinical data from the world renowned Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).
  • Partnered with the Sackler Institute who offer students an unrivalled opportunity to take classroom learning directly into a translational research setting.
  • We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment

On this course, you’ll develop your understanding of 'neurotypical' brain development. This will help you understand the biological basis of neurodevelopmental disorders and the impact they have. At the same time, we’ll look at areas like intellectual disability and research methods. A real highlight of this course is learning how research can be applied to practice. To help you understand the latest advances in the field, we’ll discuss different brain imaging methods and basic genetics. And, for your research project, we’ll challenge you to look at a current issue in more detail. Many students on this course join us after completing their BSc – this is normally in psychology or another science. But, if you’re already working in the field, studying this course part time is a great opportunity to learn from experts and arm yourself with expertise for your role. If you’ve come straight from your degree, you might not have any practical experience yet. But, with a placement as part of the course, we can guarantee that you’ll spend time in a clinic that specifically deals with neurodevelopmental disorders. King’s is a joint lead on Autism Innovative Medicine Studies-2-Trials (AIMS-2-Trials), the world’s largest autism grant. As a student at King’s, you’ll work alongside the experts – and you might even decide to use the data for your dissertation project. By the end of the course, you’ll have an expert understanding of the theory, evidence, and practice behind neurodevelopmental disorders. We’ll also make sure you’re confident carrying out research that could move the field forward.

Base campus

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Format

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Typical Brain Development and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (16 hours) | Self-study time (254 hours)

Clinical Observation Placement

Lectures (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (30 hours) | Self-study time (255 hours)

Intellectual Disability and Forensic Aspects of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Lectures (30 hours) | Self-study time (270 hours)

Research Methods and Statistics

Lectures (71 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (61 hours) | Self-study time (168 hours)

Dissertation

Seminars / Tutorials (25 hours) | Self-study time (575 hours)

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations, coursework and practical work. The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules

    Structure

    Required modules

    Students on this course are required to take:

    Full time

    Typical Brain Development & Neurodevelopmental Disorders (30 credits)
    Intellectual Disability & Forensic Aspects of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (30 credits)
    Clinical Observation Placement (30 credits)
    Research Methods & Statistics (30 credits)
    Dissertation (60 Credits)

    Part Time: Year 1 - Required Modules You are required to take the following modules:

    Typical Brain Development & Neurodevelopmental Disorders (30 credits)
    Intellectual Disability & Forensic Aspects of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (30 credits)
    Clinical Observation Placement (30 credits)

    Part Time: Year 2 - Required Modules You are required to take the following modules:

    Research Methods & Statistics (30 credits)
    Dissertation (60 credits)

    Optional modules

    There are no optional modules.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Our graduates are expected to further their academic career (e.g. apply for a PhD) or enter a career in areas such as clinical psychology, social work, occupational therapy or nursing with expertise in neurodevelopmental disorders.

    Career destinations

    Graduates from this course tend to apply their skills to:

    • Further education – PhD or Clinical Doctorate
    • Research assistant roles within the IOPPN and other institutes
    • Assistant psychologist positions

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £7,035 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £32,940 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £16,470 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
    • DBS checks
    • Library fees and fines
    • Personal photocopies
    • Printing course handouts
    • Stationery
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    On this course, you’ll develop your understanding of 'neurotypical' brain development. This will help you understand the biological basis of neurodevelopmental disorders and the impact they have. At the same time, we’ll look at areas like intellectual disability and research methods. A real highlight of this course is learning how research can be applied to practice. To help you understand the latest advances in the field, we’ll discuss different brain imaging methods and basic genetics. And, for your research project, we’ll challenge you to look at a current issue in more detail. Many students on this course join us after completing their BSc – this is normally in psychology or another science. But, if you’re already working in the field, studying this course part time is a great opportunity to learn from experts and arm yourself with expertise for your role. If you’ve come straight from your degree, you might not have any practical experience yet. But, with a placement as part of the course, we can guarantee that you’ll spend time in a clinic that specifically deals with neurodevelopmental disorders. King’s is a joint lead on Autism Innovative Medicine Studies-2-Trials (AIMS-2-Trials), the world’s largest autism grant. As a student at King’s, you’ll work alongside the experts – and you might even decide to use the data for your dissertation project. By the end of the course, you’ll have an expert understanding of the theory, evidence, and practice behind neurodevelopmental disorders. We’ll also make sure you’re confident carrying out research that could move the field forward.

    Base campus

    NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
    Denmark Hill Campus

    Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    Format

    You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

    Typical Brain Development and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

    Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (16 hours) | Self-study time (254 hours)

    Clinical Observation Placement

    Lectures (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (30 hours) | Self-study time (255 hours)

    Intellectual Disability and Forensic Aspects of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

    Lectures (30 hours) | Self-study time (270 hours)

    Research Methods and Statistics

    Lectures (71 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (61 hours) | Self-study time (168 hours)

    Dissertation

    Seminars / Tutorials (25 hours) | Self-study time (575 hours)

    Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations, coursework and practical work. The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules

      Structure

      Required modules

      Students on this course are required to take:

      Full time

      Typical Brain Development & Neurodevelopmental Disorders (30 credits)
      Intellectual Disability & Forensic Aspects of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (30 credits)
      Clinical Observation Placement (30 credits)
      Research Methods & Statistics (30 credits)
      Dissertation (60 Credits)

      Part Time: Year 1 - Required Modules You are required to take the following modules:

      Typical Brain Development & Neurodevelopmental Disorders (30 credits)
      Intellectual Disability & Forensic Aspects of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (30 credits)
      Clinical Observation Placement (30 credits)

      Part Time: Year 2 - Required Modules You are required to take the following modules:

      Research Methods & Statistics (30 credits)
      Dissertation (60 credits)

      Optional modules

      There are no optional modules.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Our graduates are expected to further their academic career (e.g. apply for a PhD) or enter a career in areas such as clinical psychology, social work, occupational therapy or nursing with expertise in neurodevelopmental disorders.

      Career destinations

      Graduates from this course tend to apply their skills to:

      • Further education – PhD or Clinical Doctorate
      • Research assistant roles within the IOPPN and other institutes
      • Assistant psychologist positions

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £7,035 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £32,940 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £16,470 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
      • DBS checks
      • Library fees and fines
      • Personal photocopies
      • Printing course handouts
      • Stationery
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • Graduation costs

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