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Child and 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, the Basic Research and Statistics module, and the Child Mental Health and Well-being: Adaptations module which are taught as one week modules from Monday- Friday 9-5.

Term dates 2017/18:

Term 1 - Monday 25 September 2017 - Friday 15 December 2017

Term 2 - Monday 08 January 2018 - Friday 23 March 2018

Term 3 - Monday 23 April 2018 - Friday 08 June 2018

Opportunity for Clinical Attachment

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 NHS Foundation Trust.

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.

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

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 Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and 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
Child Mental Health and Well-being: Adaptations (CHLDGM10) 15.00
Investigating Research 15.00
Research Methods and Statistics (CHLDGS10) 15.00

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for:

  • postgraduate doctors seeking to specialise in psychiatry or child health
  • graduate psychologists with counselling or other mental health qualifications
  • UK practitioners from the fields of nursing, social work and education
  • International medical practitioners who wish to gain experience or further qualifications in the UK.

Application deadlines
All applicants
27 July 2018

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Child and Adolescent Mental Health at graduate level
  • why you want to study Child and Adolescent Mental Health at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 27 July 2018
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Tuition Fees (2018/19)
UK/EU:
£10,410 (FT) £5,240 (PT)
Overseas:
£24,860 (FT) £12,380 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

For a full listing of fees, please consult UCL's Fees Schedule

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.

NEW!

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

https://www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study

 For students undertaking the part-time route, 4 modules should be taken in year 1 and 4 plus the dissertation should be taken in year 2. In year 1, students must take 3 compulsory modules and choose 1 module from the list of optional modules. In year 2, students must take 2 compusory module and the dissertation module and must choose 2 optional modules from list below.

YEAR 1:

COMPULSORY MODULES

Module code Module title UCL Credit value
CHLDGM03 Introduction to Child & Adolescent Mental Health 15 T1
CHLDGM07 Basic Research Methods in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 15 T1
CHLDGM06 Treatments in Child & Adolescent Mental Health - Psychological Interventions 15 T2

OPTIONAL MODULES

Module code Module title UCL Credit value
CHLDGM01 Adolescent Mental Health & Transition to Adult Services 15 T1
CHLDGS10 Research Methods & Statistics 15 T1
EDUCGE01 Investigating Research (with CALT) 15 T1
CHLDGM08 Professionalism & Ethics in Child Mental Health 15 T3
CHLDGM10 Child Mental Health and Well-being: Adaptations 15 T2

YEAR 2:

COMPULSORY MODULES

Module code Module title UCL Credit value
CHLDGM99 Research Project - Dissertation 60
CHLDGM02 Treatments in Child and Adolescent Mental Health - Pharmacological 15 T2
CHLDGM05 Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Child Mental Health 15 T1

OPTIONAL MODULES

Module code Module title UCL Credit value
CHLDGM04 International Child Mental Health 15 T3
CHLDGS10 Research Methods & Statistics 15 T1
EDUCGE01 Investigating Research (with CALT)
CHLDGM01 Adolescent Mental Health & Transition to Adult Services 15 T1
CHLDGM10 Child Mental Health and Well-being: Adaptations 15 T2