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Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (MSc)

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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

    Social Work

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    12 December 2018

Course content

Programme description

This programme offers the unique perspective that children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing is influenced by developmental processes at multiple levels, from individual to sociocultural, and that our approaches to working should be informed by this dynamic, interactional system. We draw on the knowledge and clinical experience of a community of developmental, clinical and health psychologists, to help you understand children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing from this perspective.

The programme includes both conceptual and applied elements. At the conceptual level, the programme will review different theories of children and young people’s mental health involved in the complex structure of typical and atypical development. At the applied level it will include the application of psychological knowledge to understanding the difficulties experienced by children and young people and the critical appraisal of psychological knowledge and its implications.

Programme structure

Teaching is delivered in a variety of engaging and interactive formats, including lectures, seminars, clinical workshops and tutor-led online learning environments.

Students take three courses each semester.*

Courses include:

  • Child Development in Practice
  • Attachment: Theory and Application
  • Research Methods in Applied Psychology
  • Inferential Statistics in Applied Psychology
  • Social Inequality and Child and Adolescent Mental Health (online learning)
  • Applied Developmental Psychopathology
  • Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions
  • Parenting: Theory and Practice
  • Critical Psychology and Mental Health (online learning)
  • Trauma and Resilience in a Developmental Context (online learning)

The programme also offers high-quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities.

Learning outcomes

The programme will enable you to:

  • develop your practice through engagement with research and scholarship in psychological theory and practice
  • develop advanced skills in the critical appraisal of psychological practice in the field of child and adolescent mental health
  • develop and consolidate an extended knowledge base of theoretical and clinical approaches to psychological therapy for children, young people and families

Career opportunities

The programme fosters transferable skills such as critical evaluation, research competence, teamworking and communication and is suitable for further PhD-level study, research or practitioner study. It will enhance the employability of those wishing to work with children and adolescents in mental health-relevant settings.

Previous students work in a range of professions including clinical practice and voluntary sector organisations, and, with appropriate additional training, in nursing, social work and social care, and teaching.


Visit the Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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