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    1. 2016
    2. 2017

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

MSc / Postgrad Diploma / Postgrad Certificate |
This course prepares those already working in child and adolescent mental health services to help revolutionise care and better meet society’s changing demographic health needs.

Key Information

Start date

January 2017


Full-time: one year (two days a week) for taught modules, plus up to one year for dissertation.

Part-time: two years (one day a week) for taught modules, plus up to one year for dissertation.


Full-time: £7,500 per year

Part-time: £3,750 per year


Full-time: £15,000 per year

Part-time: £7,500 per year

Who is it for?

The course is for professionals from a variety of sectors, including healthcare, education, social care, nursing, allied health professions or the voluntary sector who would like to advance their careers within services for children, young people and their families / carers.


This MSc prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career in child and adolescent mental health. You will learn to provide collaborative and compassionate care and support for children and adolescents promoting their mental health, identifying needs and recognising which therapeutic interventions are appropriate and why.

You will gain the skills, knowledge and awareness  of child and adolescent psychological development, early identification, managing risk and resilience, assessment and evidence-based psychosocial interventions and contemporary issues in child and adolescent mental health.

The course uses a sound evidence-base to prepare you to participate 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. You will 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.

You will also develop capacities to maintain the balance between working collaboratively while maintaining safe professional boundaries.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in a relevant subject.

Exceptional applicants without an undergraduate degree will be considered, but they need to demonstrate a professional training, have practice experience and successfully complete a brief sample essay.

Please note that two references are required (At least one reference for recent graduates must be academic; other references could include a current employer). You will need to provide the referees’ work contact details when completing the application form. We will contact them separately after we have received your application.

English requirements

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following is also required:

  • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
  • IELTS: 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 72.

Due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Apply online

The deadline for applications is 16th December 2016. Applications submitted on or prior to this date will be given priority.

Further Information

+44 (0)20 7040 5000

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More about fees

  • Postgraduate Diploma
    Full-time: £7,000
  • Postgraduate Diploma
    Part-time: £3,500 (per year)
  • Postgraduate Certificate
    Part-time: £3,500 (total cost)

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Diploma is one year's taught programme for full-time students or two years' taught programme for part-time students.

The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is one year's taught programme for part-time students. Postgraduate Certificates are not offered on a full-time basis. The maximum period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is two years.

MSc (180 credits)

Home/EU full-time 2016/17: £7,500
Non EU (overseas) full-time 2016/17: £15,000

Home/EU part-time 2016/17: £3,750
Non EU (overseas) part-time 2016/17: £7,500

PG Diploma (120 credits)

Home/EU full-time 2016/17: £7,000
Non EU (overseas) full-time 2016/17: £14,000

Home/EU part-time 2016/17: £3,500
Non EU (overseas) part-time 2016/17: £7,000

PG Certificate (60 credits)

Home/EU part-time 2016/17: £3,500
Non EU (overseas) part-time 2016/17: £7,000

Please note that fees are subject to annual increases.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Future Finance loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January.

Academic facilities

Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at City’s Northampton Square campus has been specially designed for teaching and reflects clinical environments and working wards, so you can familiarise yourself with equipment and practices before commencing your placement.

Simulated practice enables you to practise your skills in a safe environment, in preparation for transferring these skills to a 'real life' setting.

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Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Teaching and learning

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including institution-based taught modules; e-learning and work-based learning. Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. Students will learn in large and small multi-professional and multi-disciplinary groups and will be supported and encouraged 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, and seminar presentations with supporting papers.


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)

In this module you will examine key developmental theories concerning psychological development, in conjunction with the concepts of early identification, to promote effective intervention, for optimum mental health in children, adolescents and their families. A range of factors drawn from genetic, cognitive and environmental influences will be critically evaluated.

  • Child protection: working together, managing risk and resilience (15 credits)

This child protection module is aimed at any student working professionally with children, young people and/or their families and carers. The main learning objectives will focus on developing students’ knowledge and awareness of the safe and ethical implementation in practice of safeguarding policy and legislative frameworks to promote effective interagency and collaborative practice in the statutory and voluntary sectors in line with Working together to safeguard children (HM Government, 2006).

This module will examine and evaluate knowledge and skills to understand and identify risks and vulnerability and to consider the concept of resilience and its promotion in line with the emotional well being of the child and its family. The module will be delivered collaboratively from a child health and a child and adolescent mental health perspective.

  • Child and adolescent mental health: therapeutic approaches and the evidence-base (15 credits).

Through seminars and clinical presentations this module will examine the evidence base and efficacy of contemporary psycho-therapeutic approaches and interventions. These approaches will be further examined within reflective practice where an emphasis on working safely and collaboratively with difference, vulnerability and complex need will be explored. The importance of the professional relationship, its boundaries and limitations will be central to these seminars. Some experience of working within this area of practice is required.

Elective modules

Two elective modules must be chosen from the following:

  • Risk Assessment and Management across the life span (15 credits)

In this module you will critically examine the evidence-base surrounding risk assessment that identifies predictability; systemic approaches; vulnerability for the child, adult and older adult; dangerous and suicidal behaviours; person centred interventions. A significant emphasis within this module will focus on: positive risk management; collaboration with the service user and others involved in care; the importance of recognising and building on the service user’s strengths; the organisation’s role in risk management alongside the individual practitioners.

  • Liaison Mental Health Care (15 credits)

The overall aim of the module is to provide an inter-professional course which develops and/or enhances the knowledge and skills of those working or planning to work in the field of Liaison Health Care. This module will look specifically at models of liaison care and team working; current practice & care of the client with severe mental illness; risk assessment & management of deliberate self-harm & suicide; Liaison mental health care in relation to older adults; Liaison mental health care in relation to the child & adolescent; Legislation and liaison mental health care including capacity and consent; Liaison mental health care in relation to mental health & physical illness; Liaison mental health in relation to substance misuse and Evaluating liaison mental health care

  • Professional Leadership (15 credits)

The delivery of successful health and social care services relies on effective leadership. This module takes a perspective that leadership is to be found in the many rather than the few. We are all leaders. Therefore the aim of the module is to help you recognise and develop your inherent leadership qualities, and have regard for the leadership qualities of others, whether these are peers and working colleagues, or those in formal positions of leadership responsibility. Rather than emphasise leadership generally, or histories and typologies of leadership theory, the approach is practical and straightforward. Looking at leadership in health and social care from this perspective will make you more effective in your role, and more prepared for future leadership responsibilities.

  • Contemporary issues in mental health (15 credits)

This module is specifically designed to provide mental health practitioners, researchers, and managers with critical awareness of contemporary debates in the field of mental health. This will include mental health policy, human rights, the political and practice landscape, influence of key consumers groups, patient safety methodology, legal aspects of mental health and novel practice initiatives.

  • Psychology for health and social care (15 credits)

This course looks at psychological and social factors associated with physical illness, the impact of illness on individuals, psychological intervention, and how this knowledge can be used in healthcare and social care practice.

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Career prospects

Graduates 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 interprofessional practice and research. Students will have gained a deep understanding and knowledge of child and adolescent mental health to enable them 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 and qualifies students for research posts and to conduct independent research.

Apply online

The deadline for applications is 16th December 2016. Applications submitted on or prior to this date will be given priority.

Further Information

+44 (0)20 7040 5000

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