Clinical Psychology

MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People

A taught Masters which trains psychology graduates to become competent practitioners in applied psychology for children, young people and families.

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Name MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People
Start date February
Length of study 1 Year, Full-time only
Programme Director Dr Fiona Duffy

February 2017 entry details

Applications for the February 2017 intake for the MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People have now closed. The deadline for submission of the Application Form was 12 noon on Friday, 12th August 2016.  Interviews will take place in Edinburgh during the week beginning 7th November 2016.

The next intake for this programme will be February 2018. Applications will be available on this web page in July 2017.


Delivered over one year full-time, this closed programme offers a combination of academic and clinical skills teaching with a full year clinical placement in a Scottish NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Why choose the MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People?

The MSc combines academic teaching with clinical practice training in the area of applied psychology for children and young people. It offers an interesting opportunity to develop knowledge and competences in the delivery of evidence-based psychological interventions for this client group.

The programme was developed in close partnership with NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Scotland. Students on the programme will be employed as trainees in one of 11 Scottish Health Boards on full time contracts for the duration of their training.

In addition to the essential elements for applied psychologists in health (e.g. assessment, formulation and evaluation) and Child and Adolescent Mental Health professionals (e.g. recognition of child abuse, developmental impairments and delays), there is a particular focus on the early years and early intervention across a variety of settings.

There is also a strong emphasis on parenting and supporting parents through evidence-based models of parent-focused intervention. The clinical experience gained on placement facilitates the linkage of psychological theory to practice and fosters development of professional skills necessary for post-qualification practice.

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