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  1. Postgraduate
  2. 2020
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MSc / Postgrad Diploma Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care)

Entry Year:
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.

Key information

Start date

September 2020
and January 2021

Academic year dates


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: £10,800 per year*

Part-time: £5,400 per year*


Full-time: £17,340 per year*

Part-time: £8,670 per year*


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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.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you should have a lower second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.

If you do not hold a degree, but have relevant employment experience in the health and social care sectors, your application may still be considered.

You will need to provide two references (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 for us to contact the referee separately after we have received your application.

English requirements

If your 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.

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.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

September 2020

January 2021

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have previously completed credits from a Masters level qualification that can be matched to credits on the programme qualification you would like to apply for, then you may be eligible for RPL or RP(E)L.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from study at this or another institution which has previously been assessed and/or awarded credit”.

Recognition of Prior Experiential learning (RP(E)L): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from the candidate’s life experience which has not previously been assessed and/or awarded credit.”

For more information on the policy, the maximum credits permitted and how to apply, please see the Guidance on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you have any queries about the process, please contact the Postgraduate team: .

+44 (0)20 7040 5000

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During your course

More about fees

MSc (1 year full time, 2 years part time)

  • Home/EU full-time 2020/21: £10,800 per year
  • Home/EU part-time 2020/21: £5,400 per year
  • Non EU (overseas) full-time 2020/21: £17,340
  • Non EU (overseas) part-time 2020/21: £8,670

PG Diploma (1 year full time, 2 years part time)

  • Home/EU full-time 2020/21: £8,160 per year
  • Home/EU part-time 2020/21: £4,080 per year
  • Non EU (overseas) full-time 2020/21: £15,300 per year
  • Non EU (overseas) part-time 2020/21: £7,650 per year

PG Certificate (1 year part time)

  • Home/EU part-time 2020/21: £4,080 per year
  • Non EU (overseas) part-time 2020/21: £7,650 per year

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is:

  • Full time: One year's taught programme for full-time students (plus, up to one year for dissertation).
  • Part time: 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:

  • Full time: One year's taught programme for full-time students.
  • Part time: Two years' taught programme for part-time students.

The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is:

  • Part time: 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.

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).


At the School of Health Sciences, we believe 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.

To find out more, visit the School of Health Sciences Postgraduate funding page.

Dean’s Scholarships

For those starting in September 2020, there are up to 12 Dean's Scholarships available, based on academic and clinical excellence.

Each scholarship is worth £1,500, and will be awarded to students across all the routes of this course. Find out if you qualify and how to apply.

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.


We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

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.

Course content and assessment

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 Identification 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 with Risk & 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 student’s 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).

You 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 & 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 needs 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, adults and older adults; dangerous and suicidal behaviours; and 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 users’ strengths.
  • The organisation’s role in risk management alongside the individual practition

Liaison Mental Health Care (15 credits)

This module will 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.

You will look at:

  • Models of liaison care and team working.
  • Current practice and care of the client with severe mental illness.
  • Risk assessment and management of deliberate self-harm and suicide.
  • Liaison mental health care in relation to older adults.
  • Liaison mental health care in relation to the child and adolescent.
  • Legislation and liaison mental health care, including capacity and consent.
  • Liaison mental health care in relation to mental health and physical illness.
  • Liaison mental health in relation to substance misuse.
  • 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 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 module 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.

Assessing and understanding mental health problems (15 credits)

This core elective module is designed for those involved in mental health services as clinicians, managers, and researchers. The module will link knowledge of condition distribution and risk factors with approaches to problem assessment, and will maintain a clinical and service user informed approach, which will assist participants’ abilities to contribute to the development and direction of service provision.

You will develop your understanding of the distribution and impact of mental health problems at a global, national, and local as well as an individual level. You will explore the epidemiology of mental health problems in relation to social and environmental factors, and examine the relationship between mental and physical health

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

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After you graduate

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.

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