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Children & Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Open Day: 21 November 2014

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MSc Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice (ICL) - 24-72 Months (Part-time Intermittent Study)
MSc Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice - 1 Year (Full-time)
PgDip Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice (ICL) - 24-48 Months (Part-time Intermittent Study)
PgCert Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice (ICL) - 12-24 Months (Part-time Intermittent Study)
PgDip Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice - 9 Months (Full-time)

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Contact information
MSc Secretary
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3970
Dr Emily Taylor (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 3892
Address: The University of Edinburgh
School of Health in Social Science
Medical School, Teviot Place
Central Campus

This unique postgraduate programme offers advanced study in psychological theories of child and adolescent mental health, and their application to working with children, young people and families.

The programme is suitable for graduates of psychology or cognate disciplines, and those with experience of working with children and young people in clinical, social work or educational settings.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree reaching SCQF level 9, or its international equivalent, and substantial current or recent work experience with children and young people in mental health settings, including statutory and voluntary organisations.

Your suitability will be established through your application and a reference, and you may be asked to attend an interview. A reference evidencing applied experience is required for all applications. Where acceptable evidence of academic achievement is not provided, an academic reference may also be sought.

International qualifications

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT 100 (at least 23 in all sections)
  • PTE(A): Total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CPE Grade B; CAE Grade A

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Programme description

The programme explores evidence-based psychological theories and approaches to working with children, young people and families.

You will study the core elements of teaching and learning on the theoretical, conceptual and evidence base for psychological practice whilst fostering a critical and reflective approach to the clinical application of these.

Programme structure

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

You can study full time or part time for either a MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate. The programme also offers high-quality CPD opportunities.

Full-time MSc students take one core course and two optional courses each semester. Part-time students choose one or two courses each semester.

These compulsory courses form the core part of the MSc and Postgraduate Diploma:

  • Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions
  • Child Development in Practice (MSc only)

You can choose four optional courses to complete a MSc or a Postgraduate Diploma, and two courses to complete a Postgraduate Certificate:

  • Applied Developmental Psychopathology
  • Attachment Theory in Clinical Settings
  • Critical Psychology and Child Mental Health
  • Parenting: Theory and Practice
  • Systemic and Family Approaches
  • Trauma and Resilience in a Developmental Context
  • Understanding Learning Disability

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

Continuing professional development (CPD) is vital for progression in the field of psychological healthcare, and a qualification in this area will enhance your prospects for gaining more responsible positions. The transferable skills you gain in areas such as teamworking, communication and research will also add value to your employability, whatever role you choose to pursue.

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