Clinical Psychology

Why choose this programme?

This well-established MSc programme offers students the opportunity to engage in advanced study of children and young people's well-being, mental health through a varied range of innovative courses.

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An Innovative and Exciting Programme

The MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches programme offers a unique perspective: that the mental health of children and young people is influenced by a range of interacting biological, social and developmental factors, and that a truly critical understanding of mental health needs to be underpinned knowledge of this dynamic and interactional system.

Programme courses, therefore, draw on a range of competing and complementary theories to enable students to develop a deeper understanding of the impact of attachment, adversity, trauma and the child's individual attributes and environment on the propensity towards developing mental health issues. Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions enables students to develop a critical knowledge of the evidence for current interventions and students are encouraged to think about case studies in an interactive manner via Applied Developmental Psychopathology.  The programme also draws upon many other theoretical areas, including early intervention, developmental psychopathology and resilience. By drawing on the knowledge and clinical experience of a world-class department of clinical and health psychology, students can develop transferable skills which can be carried into their future careers.

Flexible learning

Students on the programme may opt for some of our online learning option courses, thereby increasing flexibility for those with commitments. 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.  For applicants who are restricted to part-time study , we offer an an online learning version of this programme : MSc in Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice (online learning.

Expert staff

Our programme team comprises Academic Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists and Health Psychologists. All our staff are research active within the fields of Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology and are able to assist students in making links between cutting edge research and their studies. Our programme courses and staff are consistenly rated highly by students.

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What our students say about the programme:

''The most important asset I believe I gained this year is a new broader lens through which I can approach mental health constructs''. (Aigli Raouna,  2016 graduate)

''I chose this course due to its focus on children and young people and the emphasis placed on adopting a developmental approach when working and practicing with this particular group of individuals. The course has been extremely interesting so far and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time''. (Saiorse Heron, 2017 graduate)

" One of the most valuable aspects of the course, that I did not consider when applying, was the high level of support, reassurance and empowerment I received from both the tutors and the other students on the course". (Hannah Robertson,  2017 graduate)


As a postgraduate student you will have access to a wide range of research resources and state-of-the-art facilities. You will have access to a wide range of facilities including:

  • Over 30 libraries, including the recently refurbished main library and a dedicated Psychology and Philosophy Library within the Psychology building itself. All postgraduate students also have access to the extensive holdings of the National Library of Scotland and the National Archives of Scotland, all within walking distance of the central campus
  • Extensive, state-of-the-art computing facilities, both within the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, and across the campus. There are additional computing labs across the University at the main library, the halls of residence and laptop users will find wireless networking coverage throughout the University

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