Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate


A dynamic blend of clinical and research expertise is reflected in the delivery of this multi-disciplinary programme where high standards of clinical care are fostered and students are encouraged to apply their critical and analytical thinking skills to theory, policy and practice in child and adolescent mental health.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Flexible 2-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £9,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £22,100

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

The programme will develop your ability to identify and analyse principles of policy, planning and management in child and adolescent mental health. You will gain professional, academic and research skills and understand how their application can improve clinical practice. You will increase your understanding of the impact of culture and diversity upon clinical theory and practice, and experience enhanced personal and professional development.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of Child Health pursues an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to enhance understanding, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of childhood diseases. Our research and our educational portfolio covers a broad range of paediatric issues, from molecular genetics to population health sciences, and our structure facilitates interdisciplinary work and allows flexibility for the development of new areas of investigation.

Our close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children means that much of our research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis. Students benefit from excellent facilities in both laboratory and non-laboratory subjects.

This Master's programme aims to blend academic theory and research with clinical knowledge to enable professionals to deliver a high standard of clinical care.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, flexible study two to five years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time one year) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Child Mental Health
  • Basic Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Treatment in Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Pharmacological
  • Interventions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Psychological

Options

  • International Child Mental Health
  • Adolescent Mental Health and Transition to Adult Services
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Child Mental Health
  • Investigating Research
  • Research Methods and Statistics

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, discussion, project work and independent and group study. Assessment includes written assignments, unseen written examinations, projects, oral presentations, group work, and the written dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

Normally medical registration or an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work or nursing, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants should preferably have clinical experience in a mental health, paediatric or educational setting.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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.

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.


Career

The programme provides career development training for doctors, psychologists and practitioners in social work and education who intend to focus and develop their careers in the areas of child mental health.

Recent graduates have gone on to Clinical Doctorates in Psychology or had opportunities for progression in their current careers.

Employability

The programme attracts psychology graduates who wish to gain entry to a doctoral training programme in clinical psychology, and trainees in child psychiatry who wish to supplement their basic training with a higher degree; the MSc programme is closely aligned to the Royal College’s recommended curriculum. The MSc also attracts students from social work, nursing and education where the acquisition of advanced skills in the theory and practice of working with young people with mental health difficulties can prove to be of considerable value in career enhancement. Clinical placements are provided as an additional option for students who wish to supplement their basic MSc course and these experiences can add value to the MSc for those who aim to develop their career in a profession related to clinical practice.


Next steps

Contact

Miss Sara McCallum

T: +44 (0)20 7905 2747

Department

Institute of Child Health

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