Clinical Psychology

Who is this programme for?

The programme has been designed with professionals and recent graduates in mind, with the core elements of the programme including both conceptual and applied courses.

The  MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (Online Learning)  programme is aimed at those who are interested or already working in the field of child and adolescent mental health and well-being, such as:

  • psychology and social science graduates
  • practitioners in health, social care and education
  • professionals working in local and international third-sector health, social care and education organisations focused on children and young people’s mental health and well-being

Core Elements

The core elements of the programme include both conceptual and applied courses. At the conceptual level, the programme will review different theories of children and young people’s mental health involved in the complex structure of typical and atypical development. At the applied level it will include the application of psychological knowledge to difficulties experienced by children and young people and the critical appraisal of psychological knowledge and practice.

Distinctive features of the course, include:

  • the critical integration of clinical and professional practice with current theoretical and empirical developments in the evidence base for, and delivery of, mental health programmes for children and young people
  • flexibility of delivery
  • opportunities for knowledge exchange between range of graduates and practitioners from multi-professional backgrounds
  • many opportunities for the synthesis of theory, evidence and practice

Learning Outcomes

  • develop your knowledge through engagement with research and scholarship in psychological theory and practice
  • develop skills in the critical appraisal of psychological practice in the field of child, adolescent and family mental health and wellbeing
  • develop and consolidate an extended knowledge base of theoretical and applied approaches to mental health and wellbeing for children and young people

Skills and Abilities

Graduates of the programme can expect to develop key skills and abilities, which are transferable to a number of professional domains, including:

  • knowledge and understanding of the developmental and well-being literature
  • research and enquiry skills
  • personal and intellectual autonomy skills
  • technical and practical skills
  • communication skills