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Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) - MSc/PgDip/PgCert

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.

Who is it for?

Developed in consultation with the national charity YoungMinds, 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
  • The voluntary sector.

This MSc can prepare you for a fulfilling and rewarding career in child and adolescent mental health.


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.

The course uses a sound evidence-base to prepare you for a career in a specialist workforce, where the development of ethical and culturally-sensitive practice and the placement of the child, young person and their carer are at the centre of decision-making and service re-design.

Academic facilities

Simulated practice enables you to practise your learning in a safe environment, in preparation for transferring your skills to a 'real life' setting. Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at City’s Northampton Square Campus has been designed especially for teaching and reflects clinical environments and working wards, so you can familiarise yourself with equipment and practices before commencing your placement.

Teaching and learning

We take a blended approach to learning and teaching, including:

  • Institution-based taught modules.
  • E-learning.
  • Work-based learning.

Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. You will learn in large and small multi-professional, multidisciplinary groups and will be supported to participate in independent learning.


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.

Assessment is diverse and includes:

  • Essays
  • Reflective practice
  • Objective structured clinical examinations
  • Practice-based assessments
  • Poster presentations
  • Case studies
  • Data analysis
  • Seminar presentations with supporting papers.


Students must gain 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma. The addition of a dissertation leads to an MSc.

Details of modules are listed below.

Core modules

  • Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis (30 credits)
  • Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

Discipline specific modules

  • Early Intervention and Psychological Development (15 credits)
  • Child protection: working together, managing risk and resilience (15 credits)
  • Child and adolescent mental health: therapeutic approaches and the evidence-base (15 credits).

Elective modules

Two elective modules must be chosen from the following:

  • Risk Assessment and Management across the life span (15 credits)
  • Liaison Mental Health Care (15 credits)
  • Professional Leadership (15 credits)
  • Contemporary issues in mental health (15 credits)
  • Psychology for health and social care (15 credits)
  • Assessing and understanding mental health problems (15 credits)

Download the relevant programme specification

Career prospects

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.

Visit the Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) - MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the City, University of London website for more details!




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