UCL MRes Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology

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Hello, I am a current senior attending a state university in California, USA. I am really interested in the Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology program at UCL and I would appreciate any tips/advice regarding the application and interview process and how to best prepare, as well as descriptions regarding what current/past student's experiences have been like. I am also wondering if I even have a chance at getting in since I am coming from a very small state school and UCL and Yale are such competitive and prestigious universities. I do have research experience in cognitive psychology and social-cognitive neuroscience. Specifically, I've been working in a lab at my home institution using EEG/ERP methods to study memory. I am also working as a summer intern at a private university researching brain-behavior interactions and their role in social and cognitive development in children with autism. I also have a few other relevant experiences and a rather high gpa. In this way, I feel I am a competitive applicant, but I am sure there are people even stronger and may be way in over my head!
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Hello, I am a current senior attending a state university in California, USA. I am really interested in the Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology program at UCL and I would appreciate any tips/advice regarding the application and interview process and how to best prepare, as well as descriptions regarding what current/past student's experiences have been like. I am also wondering if I even have a chance at getting in since I am coming from a very small state school and UCL and Yale are such competitive and prestigious universities. I do have research experience in cognitive psychology and social-cognitive neuroscience. Specifically, I've been working in a lab at my home institution using EEG/ERP methods to study memory. I am also working as a summer intern at a private university researching brain-behavior interactions and their role in social and cognitive development in children with autism. I also have a few other relevant experiences and a rather high gpa. In this way, I feel I am a competitive applicant, but I am sure there are people even stronger and may be way in over my head!
Hi UCL is a great university but you have a relevant degree and - more importantly - you have relevant work experience. Universities in the UK are ken on international students (show me the money) so you are in a strong position.
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Hello, I am a current senior attending a state university in California, USA. I am really interested in the Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology program at UCL and I would appreciate any tips/advice regarding the application and interview process and how to best prepare, as well as descriptions regarding what current/past student's experiences have been like. I am also wondering if I even have a chance at getting in since I am coming from a very small state school and UCL and Yale are such competitive and prestigious universities. I do have research experience in cognitive psychology and social-cognitive neuroscience. Specifically, I've been working in a lab at my home institution using EEG/ERP methods to study memory. I am also working as a summer intern at a private university researching brain-behavior interactions and their role in social and cognitive development in children with autism. I also have a few other relevant experiences and a rather high gpa. In this way, I feel I am a competitive applicant, but I am sure there are people even stronger and may be way in over my head!
Hi,
I'll also be applying this year! Although I don't study in the US, it looks like you have a great application - fingers crossed.
I think your research experience will give you a good chance because it's also relevant to the course syllabus. Do you have any publications?

I study in the UK and will be going into my final year starting September. I just finished my placement year of full-time work at a hospital in London in an acute mental illness psychiatric ward as a trainee assistant psychologist. I also have two years of research experience with a cognitive psychology professors at my home institution - this research is based on decision making, pattern identification and mathematical thinking in children using an online game. My dissertation project this year focuses on this research but I'll be observing non-neurotypically developing children (i.e. with ASD, ADHD.) This summer I also have a summer reserach assisstant internship at the Centre of Applied Neuroscience in my home country at a lab where I'll be given the opportunity to study EEG/ERP and programs like MATlab. My marks, unfortunately, are where I lack strength. I'm hoping to increase them in this semester before applying but overall will have a predicted 2:1. I study BSc (Hons) Psychology.

Hope this helps to give you a bit of an idea of what kind of people will apply! I've heard it's extremely competitive but you can't win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket, right?
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