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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.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/child-adolescent-mental-health-msc

Key Information

- Application dates
All applicants:
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
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. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website https://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/money/2016-2017_fees/2016-17_postgrad_taught .

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, nine months full-time, flexible two to five years) is offered. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), and three optional modules (45 credits).

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, one year part-time, two years flexible) is offered. Three core modules (45 credits) and a choice of one of the two remaining core modules (15 credits).

- 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ich/education/taught-programmes/child-adolescent-mental-health


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

- GREAT-UCL India Scholarship
Value: £10,000 (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria: Based on academic merit

- Michelle Zalkin Scholarship
Value: £10,000 (Duration)
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria: Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships


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 specific career destinations data is not yet available. However, 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. Students from social work, nursing and education will benefit from the acquisition of advanced skills in the theory and practice of working with young people with mental health difficulties. Clinical placements are available as an extra-curricular option for students 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.

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 programme blends academic theory and research with clinical knowledge to enable professionals to deliver a high standard of clinical care.

Student / staff ratios › 427 staff including 169 postdocs › 209 taught students › 168 research students

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.

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.

For more information see our Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

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

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GREAT-UCL India Scholarship - Single Award

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship Programme is a joint programme part funded through GREAT funds and through contributions made by UK Universities. GREAT is a part of the UK Government’s campaign to show to the world the best of the UK.

In November 2013, the British Council announced its largest ever scholarship scheme worth almost £1 million to students from India. This provides for 370 scholarships covering 260 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Engineering, Law and Business to Art & Design, Biosciences and IT at 36 UK universities.

As part of the GREAT-UCL India Scholarship Programme, UCL will be offering three jointly funded scholarships worth £10,000 each.

Value, terms and conditions
- The value of each award is £10,000.
- Unless otherwise requested by the scholar, the scholarship is usually set against tuition fees. If payment is made directly to the scholarship holder, the award is paid in three equal instalments at the start of each term.
- The award is tenable for one year only.
- An award cannot be deferred to a later year.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Be domiciled in India.

Application Procedure

The scholarship selection will be based on your programme application. There is no separate application required for the scholarship.

Further Information


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 2016/17: £9,815 (FT) Overseas 2016/17: £23,440 (FT)

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