Clinical Psychology

Career prospects

The MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches programme can enhance the career prospects of students aiming for a variety of outcomes

Commonly asked questions

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What are common outcomes of the programme?

Succesfully completing the MSc demonstrates a  level of commitment to working with children and young people and to developing a nuanced and critical understanding of how contemporary developmentally-driven theories of mental health are of relevance to a variety of applied settings. Our graduates have been highly successful in pursuring a variety of career paths, which fall under three broad areas of Applied training/education, Research and Related Employment.

Applied training/education

Many of our students are interested in a Clinical or Applied Psychology career and have used the programme as a means of enhancing their application to applied programmes such as the MSc Applied Psychology for Children and Young People or the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Several of our students have been successful in gaining honorary Psychology Assistant positions while still on programme or soon after graduation. The experience gained in these voluntary positions can further enhance applications to applied training programmes. Several of our students have also graduated to Doctorate in Educational Psychology training programmes, and Psychological Wellbeing trainee programmes.


Some students complete the MSc in preparation for undertaking PhD-level study. Some students do not start with this intention but enjoy research so much during the dissertation that they wish to continue. Clinical Psychology staff supervise PhD students in a range of areas and are usually available to supervise new students. Some students have also gained Resarch Assistant posiitons at a variety of institutions, with the aim of either pursuing a career in research, or gaining experience before embarking on a PhD.


The majority of our students will go on to employment that is related to mental health in children, adolescents and young people. Some students undertook the MSc  because they wished to enhance their prospects within a sector where they were already worked, such as in social work,  teaching or nursing, or they wish to make a career move into a child or adolescent-focused area. Other students will undertake a period of employment with a view to gaining further skills/experience before applying for applied training.  These roles are varied; the following is indicative, but not exhaustive: Support/transition worker for ASN, Play Leader, Teaching Assistant, Advocacy Worker, Teaching Assistant. Non-UK-based students have also gained roles as School counsellor/psychologist.  

Transferable skills

Whatever your career plans, successful completion of  the MSc should lead to acquiring a set of transferable skills that are attracitve to a range of employers. These include: group/ team working skills, the ability to synthesise complex numerical and narrative information and present in formats suitable to your audience, critical evaluation, oral presentation skills, research skills such as formulating a feasible research study and analysing using software such as SPSS. These skills are in demand from a range of employers.

Does this programme lead to a practitioner qualification?

The  MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches will not qualify you to work as a practitioner or therapist in the UK. In order to do so, you must have undertaken BPS-accredited training. Neither does the programme confer Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Graduate case studies

Click on the links below to find out what some of our recent graduates have been doing:

Sarah Gilchrist

Graduated 2018

Saskia Cooper

Graduated 2020

Kate Osborne

Graduated 2018

Fiona Gorrie

Graduated 2018

Jenny Smith

Graduated 2017

Kirsty Macmillan

Graduated 2017

Laura Fuller

Graduated 2020

Hannah Robertson

Graduated 2017