Clinical Psychology

Why choose this programme?

The programme has many unique features, including being offered part-time, fully online, and drawing on the knowledge and clinical experience of a world-class department of clinical and health psychology.

The  MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (Online Learning) offers a unique perspective: that children and young people’s mental health and well-being is influenced by developmental processes at multiple levels, from individual to socio-cultural and that approaches to working with mental health and well-being need to be informed by this dynamic and interactional system.

By drawing on the knowledge and clinical experience of a world-class department of clinical and health psychology, the programme aims to equip students with the knowledge necessary for understanding children and young people’s mental health and well-being from this unique perspective. The programme will also draw upon many other theoretical areas, including early intervention, health promotion, public health, health and social inequalities, critical psychology, developmental psychopathology and resilience.

The programme is part time, fully online, and has been designed with professionals in mind; the online delivery format and part-time study options allow for professionals from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to develop knowledge and practice whilst continuing to meet individual life and work demands. The programme would also allow recent graduates aiming for future PhD study or practitioner training to complete Masters level studies and gain valuable work experience simultaneously.

Online learning

All of the teaching on the MSc is delivered entirely online. This programme breaks new ground in delivering high-quality content using an online format. Our particular online format makes use of multiple e-learning approaches, allowing us to reach a wide range of graduates and professionals from all over the world seeking advanced study of children and young people’s mental health, well-being and psychological practice from a developmental perspective.

A unique aspect of this wide reach is our international learning community - by having students from different countries, different cultural backgrounds and different contexts of health care, the content and focus of the MSc is enhanced by the real life experiences of graduates and professionals from around the world.

As well as our online courses, students are welcome to enrol on our campus-based courses if it is possible for them to attend the University, thus increasing flexibility and choice.  This is an option and is not compulsory.  The full programme can be completed online.

Flexible learning

The programme is highly flexible to cater for a wide range of requirements. Students can study at Post-Graduate Certificate, Post-Graduate Diploma or MSc level depending on their chosen qualification and time available for study. 

The programme is offered on a part-time basis, with the Post-Graduate Diploma and MSc offered as two or three-year study options.  The part time model means students can undertake the programme over 2-6 years and will only be charged tuition fees as and when they enrol for individual courses. 

The programme also offers high quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for those already working with children who wish to undertake a single course on a specific aspect of children and young people's mental health.

Highly-qualified staff

Teaching approaches are innovative and the teaching team includes expertise in a range of research areas and professional practice.

The teaching team includes clinical, health and developmental psychologists with expertise in various fields of enquiry including early psychosis, trauma and resilience, developmental psychopathology, and therapeutic approaches including CBT, IPT and third-wave CBT.