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Professor David Skuse

Dr Helen Bruce

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Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Child & Adolescent Mental Health

MSc, PG Diploma & PG Certificate

Programme Directors: Professor David Skuse and Dr Helen Bruce

This MSc fosters the application of critical and analytical thinking skills to theory, policy and practice in child and adolescent mental health.

It provides essential training in research and management approaches, and promotes personal reflection and growth in those already working in the field.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide participants with skills to integrate clinical knowledge, academic understanding and research findings into high quality professional practice
  • To provide participants with training in research methods and statistics relevant to child and adolescent mental health through academic teaching and the supervised completion of a research project

You can complete the programme as a full-time or as a part-time (modular/flexible) student. As a full-time student you would complete the course in one year. As a modular/flexible student you have between two and five years to complete the programme.

Please note that teaching for this programme occurs on Wednesdays only apart from the Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health module and the Basic Research and Statistics module which are taught as one week modules from monday- Friday 9-5.

Term dates 2016/17:

Term 1 - Monday 26 September 2016 - Friday 16 December 2016

Term 2 - Monday 09 January 2017 - Friday 24 March 2017

Term 3 - Monday 24 April 2017 - Friday 09 June 2017

Opportunity for Clinical Attachment

For students with sufficient relevant clinical experience* we are able to offer a limited number of clinical placements in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services at the East London NHS Foundation Trust and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The placements are for a minimum of one day a week for 8 weeks and will be supervised by medical and non-medical consultants within the service. Depending on the individual student's level of experience there will be opportunities for attendance at team meetings, observation of clinical practice and some joint clinical work. This element of the programme will not be formally assessed but may offer opportunities to participate in research studies, audit and other academic and teaching activities in the host Trust.

Students will apply and be considered separately for this component of the programme for which there will be an additional fee.

In addition to the IELTS level 7 requirement, students will need to demonstrate their registration with the relevant professional body and have an enhanced DBS check in order to secure an honorary contract with the Trust.

* post foundation years with some (ideally 4 to 6 months) experience in paediatrics or mental health

The UCL Institute of Child Health is renowned for its promotion of Child and Adolescent Mental Health through cutting edge clinical practice, research, teaching, consultancy and advocacy. ICH works closely with a number of centres of excellence in the UK and abroad.

This dynamic blend of clinical and research excellence is reflected in the delivery of this multidisciplinary course where high standards of clinical care are fostered through applied academic theory, clinical knowledge and research expertise. Using a combination of core and optional modules, students are encouraged to apply their critical and analytical thinking skills to theory, policy and practice in child and adolescent mental health.

The availability of a number of optional clinical placements at Great Ormond Street Hospitaland the East London NHS Foundation Trust offers added-value experience to suitably qualified candidates.

This programme is designed for:

  • Postgraduate doctors seeking to specialise in psychiatry or child health
  • Graduate psychologists with counselling or other mental health qualifications or experience who wish to obtain a Master's level qualification in Child & Adolescent Mental Health
  • UK practitioners and graduates from the fields of nursing, social work and education who have an interest in child mental health and are seeking to obtain a higher level qualification in this speciality
  • International Medical Practitioners who wish to gain experience or further qualifications in the UK, either for personal development or for those hoping to undertake specialist training

Core Modules

MSc students:

Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are compulsory. Students then choose three modules from the optional module list.

PG Diploma students:

Modules 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are compulsory. Students then choose three modules from the optional module list.

PG Certificate students:

Modules 1, 2 and 3 are compulsory. Students then choose module 4 or 5 as their remaining module.

Module Credits
Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CHLDGM03) 15.00
Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Child Mental Health (CHLDGM05) 15.00
Basic Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CHLDGM07) 15.00
Treatment in Child and Adolescent Mental Health - Pharmacological (CHLDGM02) 15.00
Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health - Psychological (CHLDGM06) 15.00
Research Project - Dissertation (CHLDGM99) 60.00

Optional modules

Module Credits
International Child Mental Health (CHLDGM04) 15.00
Adolescent Mental Health & Transition to Adult Services (CHLDGM01) 15.00
Professionalism and Ethics in Child Mental Health (CHLDGM08) 15.00
Investigating Research 15.00
Research Methods and Statistics (CHLDGS10) 15.00

Entry Requirements

  • Medical registration or a 2:1 grade in an undergraduate degree in psychology, social work, nursing or equivalent
  • Provision of evidence of ability to study at post-graduate level
  • Demonstrated desire to work clinically in a mental health, paediatric, educational or other relevant setting

English language qualifications

In April 2011, the UK Border Agency introduced new requirements for English language. UCL's English language qualification requirements can be found here

This programme requires the following levels for entry onto the course:

English language test Score/result required
IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests
TOEFL Score of 109, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 23/30 in the listening and speaking subtests
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Pass at grade B

Fees - 2016/17

£9,815 £23,440
PG Dip
£6,045 £15,590
PG Cert
£3075 £7,640

Information on fees and other useful information can be found on the Information for graduate students pages

UCL Scholarships and funding

There are no specific funding for this programme, however there are a range of UCL scholarships aimed at assisting students with their studies.


The UK Government has introduced student loans for Postgraduate Study from Summer 2016. For more information and to check eligibility, please visit


Applications are made direct to UCL. You may apply online or download the application forms in pdf format.

Please note: when applying you will be asked to provide two references. As far as possible, one of these should be an academic reference, which is someone who knows you in an academic capacity and is familiar with how you study. The second reference should be a professional reference from someone who knows you in a professional capacity. For example a line manager or someone you work with.

Applications for 2016/17 close on 29 July 2016.

Online application - guidance notes

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Short and Taster courses in Psychological Therapy Interventions

The Institute of Child Health (ICH) offers a selection of postgraduate modules as short courses or ‘taster courses’. Short courses are aimed at candidates seeking non-credited continued professional development (CPD) for which they receive a certificate of attendance, upon completion of the module(s). Taster courses are assessed as a standalone module. The credits for these taster modules can be carried over into a Master’s, PG Diploma or PG Certificate.

For the first time in 2016-17, The Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc programme in ICH will be providing CPD and Taster courses in Psychological Therapy Interventions. This module runs for a period of 10 weeks every Wednesday from 13.30-16.30 pm beginning Wednesday 11 January 2017.

Learning Objectives:

This module offers an in depth understanding of the putative mechanisms underpinning different psychological interventions. It considers and critically evaluates the theories underlying different models of psychosocial intervention and reviews the evidence-base for these treatments. Therapeutic modalities covered include cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, multi-systemic therapy, family systemic, narrative, group work, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy and parent training approaches. Further we debate the unique and common features of each and their applicability to different conditions and patient groups in the context of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.


Student will have full access to UCL wide library facilities while on site accessing the course. CPD/ Taster students will be welcome to attend the wide variety of lectures aimed at graduates and health professionals on offer across the UCL campus. In our experience being part of such a vibrant academic community is immensely valuable to further learning.

Entry criteria (for Taster course option only):

2.1 or international equivalent

How to Apply:

Please complete the form below and return it to the following address:

Programme Administrator

MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Institute of Child Health

30 Guildford Street



United Kingdom

CPD Application Form

Taster Application Form

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