City, University of London

Course Introduction

This course is designed for professionals working in child and adolescent mental health services, this MSc will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to critically evaluate approaches to mental health and transform care. Developed in consultation with the national charity Young Minds, this MSc will help you advance your career within services for children, young people, and their families and carers. It has been specifically developed for professionals from a variety of sectors, including: Healthcare; Education; Social care; Nursing; Allied health professions; voluntary sector.

The Child & Adolescent Mental Health MSc will help you: gain the skills, knowledge and awareness of child and adolescent psychological development; promote child and adolescent mental health, identifying needs and recognising which therapeutic interventions are appropriate and why; learn to provide collaborative and compassionate care and support for children and adolescents; understand early identification, risk management and resilience; develop your knowledge of assessment and evidence-based psychosocial interventions and contemporary issues in child and adolescent mental health; enhance your ability to critically evaluate and reflect on your work or the work of others who care for individuals and families where there are significant concerns and vulnerability; maintain the balance between working collaboratively while maintaining safe professional boundaries.

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of a Masters level course, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. As a graduate of this programme, you will be able to influence the mental health of children and young people at both a direct and indirect level through the development of services and the application of inter-professional practice and research. You will have gained a deep understanding and knowledge of child and adolescent mental health, enabling you to work effectively and collaboratively across professional agencies and boundaries. Successful completion of the MSc fulfils the requirements for higher-grade, senior advanced practice posts in health and social care. It will also qualify you for research posts and to conduct independent research.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £4,000 Home Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £4,000 European Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £7,500 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have a lower second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. If you do not hold a degree, but have relevant employment experience in the health sector, your application may still be considered.
  • International entry requirements: If your first language is not English, one of the following is also required: A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language. For example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA; IELTS: 7.0; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 72.
  • IELTS score: 7