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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    One year FT, September to September, two years PT for UK-based clinicians working in CAMH/ paediatric settings.

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  • Last Updated

    13 March 2019

New scholarships for 2019 entry launched. Find out more and apply here.

Explore child development, boost your research skills and learn to diagnose psychiatric disorders in children and young people. At King’s College London, you’ll be taught by leaders in the field and develop your skills through hands-on clinical placements. 

We’ve designed this course for international and UK-based psychiatrists, paediatricians and psychologists. But it’s also helpful for other professionals working with children such as nurses, social workers and teachers. 

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits  

  • Learn from leading academics in the field of mental health 
  • Develop your skills on a supervised clinical placement within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). 
  • Work alongside specialist clinicians and take part in innovative research within the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN).
  • Boost your knowledge in specialist areas including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Therapeutic Assessment for Self-Harm and Kiddie Schedule for Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders.
  • Study surrounded by the expertise of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, MRC Social & Genetic Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre, and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre 


Whether you’re relatively new to the field or already have years of experience, this course advances your knowledge and research skills in child development, therapeutic interventions and service models. 

You’ll explore issues relating to child development, causes of child and adolescent disorders, and psychological and physical treatments for emotional, behavioural and developmental disorders.  

To put your skills into action, you’ll complete a placement within South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. One of the key areas the Trust focuses on is supporting people who experience mental health problems early on in life.   

We’ll also help you understand how to make an impact to mental health services through research. Using either quantitative or qualitative methodologies, you’ll explore an area of the field that really interests you and explain how your findings can be applied to practice.  

Required Modules

  • Students on this course are required to take: 
  • Presentation Skills (15 credits)
  • Evidence Base for Major Psychiatric Disorders (20 credits)
  • Research Skills (20 credits)
  • Child Development (15 credits)
  • Diagnosis, Formulation and Pharmacological, Psychological and Social Interventions (20 credits)
  • Systematic Literature Review (15 credits)
  • Service Development and Service Evaluations (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Career prospects

Armed with an internationally recognised qualification, many of our graduates return to clinical practice where they apply their understanding of child mental health to their career. 

Other students use this MSc as a stepping stone to further training or a PhD. 

Visit the Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!





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