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Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences MSc

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Join us for Mental Health in the 21st Century, a series of online lectures hosted by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

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.
  • Learn from world-leading scientists at King’s College London.
  • 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


From psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, to speech and language therapists and world-leading researchers, you’ll be taught by a wide range of experts. Through their lectures, you’ll become aware of the latest problems in the field and develop an opinion about the latest debates. 

Whatever career path you decide to take, we know practical experience is vital. As well a compulsory placement at one of our partner trusts, you’ll get the chance to examine tissue from our brain bank and see our MRI scanner in action.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 30 students.

Course leaders

Dr Eileen Daly 

Further details

Course contact for further information

T: 020 7848 0694


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Forensic & Neurodevelopmental Sciences Division of Academic Psychiatry



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Course detail


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.

Course format and assessment


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)


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.


Course 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

Extra information

Regulating body
King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Required Modules
    Students on this course are required to take: 
  • 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)

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.

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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1

Medical degree, or a Bachelor’s degree with First or Upper Second Class Honours in a relevant subject, e.g. Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Mental Health Nursing. 

Applicants with a professional qualification and some years of relevant work experience may be considered if they do not otherwise meet the entry criteria.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70  applies.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.
For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021

  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £13,380 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £31,350 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £6,690 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £15,675 per year (2021/22)

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


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 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, 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.

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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