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Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc

Course Description

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.

Key Information

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

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.
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 two to five years) is offered. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits).
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time one year) is offered. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), and a choice of one of two remaining (15).

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


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


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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site http://www.ucl.ac.uk/camh


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship

£5,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Michelle Zalkin Scholarship

UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit


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.
This is a relatively new programme and therefore we do not have career destinations data as yet. However, recent graduates have gone on to Clinical Doctorates in Psychology or had opportunities for progression in their current careers.


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.

Why 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.
Student / staff ratios › 370 staff › 198 taught students › 165 research students
Department: Institute of Child Health

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.

Visit the Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc page on the University College London web site for more details!

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.

Course Fees

UK/EU 2015/16: £9,530 (FT) Overseas 2015/16: £22,760 (FT)

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