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

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MSc Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice (ICL) - 24-72 Months (Part-time Intermittent Study)
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MSc Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice - 1 Year (Full-time)
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PgDip Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice (ICL) - 24-48 Months (Part-time Intermittent Study)
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PgCert Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice (ICL) - 12-24 Months (Part-time Intermittent Study)
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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
Email: cyp.msc@ed.ac.uk
Dr Emily Taylor (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 3892
Email: emily.taylor@ed.ac.uk
Address: The University of Edinburgh
School of Health in Social Science
Medical School, Teviot Place
Central Campus
Edinburgh
EH8 9AG

This unique programme offers advanced study in psychological theories of child and adolescent mental health, and their application to work 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

A UK 2:1 honours degree, 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

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

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 6.0 in each module)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT 100 (at least 20 in all sections)
  • PTE(A): Total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CPE Grade B; CAE Grade A

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How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

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Programme description

The programme explores the theoretical, conceptual and evidence base for psychological practice with children and young people while fostering a critical and reflective approach to their clinical application.

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.

The programme also offers high-quality CPD opportunities. Full-time MSc students take one core course and two option 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
  • Discovering Development (MSc only)

You can choose three optional courses to complete a MSc or a PgDip, and two courses to complete a PgCert:

  • Applied Developmental Psychopathology
  • Attachment Theory in Clinical Settings
  • Parenting: Theory and Practice
  • Trauma and Resilience in a Developmental Context

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

This programme will facilitate career progression for those working in child and adolescent mental health and supports entry into a range of related professions. The transferable skills you gain, e.g. teamworking, communication and research, will add value to your employability.

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