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Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc

Course Description

This is a unique course for international and UK-based psychiatrists, paediatricians and psychologists as well as allied professionals leading to enhanced clinical and research skills in child and adolescent mental health. Strengths of the course are the comprehensive content with strong research and clinical focus, taught by leading figures in the field.

Key benefits

- Opportunity to be taught by leading academics in the field

- Chance to engage in innovative research.

- Work with a variety of specialist clinicians.

- Obtain an established course qualification which has gained international credibility.

- Supervised clinical placement.

- Innovative web-based clinical learning to supplement direct experience.

- Optional teaching in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Therapeutic Assessment for Self-Harm and Kiddie Schedule for Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Key taught areas include modules on research methodology and statistics; research relating to child development; aetiology of child and adolescent disorders; the psychological and physical treatments for emotional, behavioural and developmental disorders in children and young people. Students will complete a research project for their degree which could use quantitative or qualitative methodologies. Additionally students will develop their skills in diagnosis, formulation and planning therapeutic interventions, service design, monitoring and evaluation. Clinical placements within CAMHS teams are arranged for students on the course.

- Course purpose -

A programme for international and UK-based psychiatrists, paediatricians, and psychologists, as well as allied professionals which aims at developing knowledge, skills and research methodologies relating to child and adolescent psychiatry, child development, therapeutic interventions and service models. Students develop clinical skills, and are able to contribute to culturally sensitive and clinically effective services through relevant research, including health service development research.

- Course format and assessment -

A research review is submitted at the end of the first term; continuous assessment of performance in seminars; two clinical essays, including a management plan; dissertation (either a clinical or a research approach) to be submitted at end of third term; two examinations in third term.

Career prospects

UK and international graduates return to clinical practice with enhanced skills and knowledge in child mental health.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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

(Student Profile)

Dr Nishalie Fernando

Studying for the MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health we were exposed to some of the best evidence based therapies via lectures, seminars and attachments at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. I gained greater insight into data analysis, interpreting statistical information, relevant computer packages and most importantly analytical skills to critically evaluate the evidence base on a given topic. These skills have been of immense benefit to me in my current teaching, clinical and research work; where I have been able to translate new skills gained at King’s into effective practice.

(Student Profile)


4604.jpg "The structure of the course is quite demanding and requires constant involvement in multiple activities. It combines effectively theory, practice and research. I gained a lot by attending a variety of lectures held by the most well-known child and adolescent mental health researchers and practitioners."


Entry Requirements

Medical qualification with graduate experience or qualification in psychology/paediatrics/clinical psychology plus three years graduate experience working with children with mental health problems, or working in paediatrics/psychiatry/psychology. Visit our admissions webpages to view requirements: English language entry requirements: View Website

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