Clinical Psychology

Programme courses

The MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches offers a range of courses that assist you in developing a critical knowledge base of interacting factors relating to mental health from infancy through to young adulthood.

The MSc comprises 180 credits. Students must undertake 120 credits from core and option courses (20 credits per course). The dissertation comprises 60 credits. A 20-credit course entails about 200 hours study, with 20-25 hours of this being taught. Online courses have less formal teaching time but more overall contact time with tutors. Class sizes vary for individual courses but are usually in the range of 12-48.  You should be aware that  the timetable for 2020-21 will not be finalised until April 2020, so there may be some change to the courses available in any given semester. Students undertake 60 credits (3 courses) in semester 1 and 60 credits in semester 2.

Semester 1 courses (as previously offered)

Students must take Research Methods in Applied Psychology OR Inferential Statistics in Applied Psychology OR both

Applied Developmental Psychopathology

Research Methods in Applied Psychology 

Typical and Atypical Development 

Semester 2 courses

In Semester 2, students take 3 from the following option courses -

Attachment, Wellbeing and Mental Health 

Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions 

Inferential Statistics in Applied Psychology

Parenting: Theory & Practice*

* Will not be offered in the academic year 2021-22


You can also opt to take online courses from the MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People:Psychological Approaches (online) programme:

Social Inequality and Child and Adolescent Mental Health (semester one)

Trauma & Resilience in a Developmental Context (semester two)

Critical Psychology and Child Mental Health (semester two)



All MSc students complete a dissertation comprising 60 credits. Supervisors are generally assigned towards the end of the first semester so that students can begin working on their dissertation from the second semester onwards. The dissertation can take the form of an empirical study, systematic review or meta-analysis. Students are assigned a dissertation supervisor from teaching staff within the department. Students commonly work in pairs or small groups with their supervisor on a project outlined by staff within the department. Peer support is therefore available during the data collection/analysis stage. Students then write up their dissertations as an independent piece of work.  The dissertation allows students to develop research skills whilst working within an area of expertise aligned to supervisor interest. Many of students present work from the dissertation at local and International conferences, and several dissertations from the programme have resulted in a peer-reviewed publication.  


Each course has at least one formative assessment to enable you to receieve feedback on your progress. Assessment on the programme is varied and includes essays, group projects and case studies. There are no examinations.