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This multidisciplinary course aims to promote an advanced level of knowledge and understanding in the area of child and adolescent mental health. The course will provide you with the opportunity to critically explore the context through which children and young people experience distress.
Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) MSc is designed for practitioners from health, social or voluntary services who work in some capacity with children and young people with mental health problems at first or second tiers of service provision. This course is suitable for you if you are a psychology graduate, or have studied other cognate disciplines, social and behavioral sciences, education and related fields. Some voluntary or professional experience of work with children and adolescents is desirable, but not essential.
The above video shows one of the major research projects that was undertaken within the Psychology department in 2017. Other research projects within Psychology include (but are not limited to): explorations around the conceptualisations of emotions, children’s experiences of anxiety, bullying in schools and universities, young people’s peer relationships and friendships, the benefits of interactive learning, transitions through the lifespan, children’s experiences of domestic violence, and children’s experiences of being trafficked. Staff who teach on the course all offer a diverse range of understandings and methodological positions to support the learning and development of CAMH students. The research findings and methodologies of our teaching staff not only inform the teaching on this course, but allow you to consider current issues and themes within this field.
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The course explores mental health in childhood and adolescence. Through studying this course you will develop your understanding of child development and mental health difficulties in children and adolescents and will consider the implications of theory and research work with children and young people. This course is taught by a multidisciplinary team, to ensure that you engage with a diverse range of perspectives. Child and adolescent mental health is understood in its developmental and social context and you will explore both theoretical and practice related issues. Your research skills will also be developed through a taught research methods module and dissertation module. Modules are taught by practitioners and academics from psychology, counselling, social work, nursing, psychiatric nursing, law and psychiatry and as such engage with a diverse range of perspectives.
You can choose to graduate with either a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Postgraduate Diploma by completing designated modules or you can complete all of the recommended course modules and be awarded with an MSc.
If you choose to complete the full MSc you will need to complete an individual research project and submit a thesis (which is 12-15,000 words). Please note that this is not required for the postgraduate diploma.
Course modules (17/18)
Understanding Mental Health in Children and Young People (30 Credits)
- Module code: PSYM062
- Core module Y
This module enables a critical analysis of developmental issues in childhood and adolescence with specific reference to the inter-relationship between the processes of development, and the context within which young people grow, develop and experience difficulties. The implications of these developmental processes for the emotional, social, and behavioural well-being of the child and adolescent are considered critically. The module considers both elements of 'typical' and 'atypical' development. Building on your knowledge of the developmental processes and mechanisms operating in childhood and adolescence, you will develop a critical understanding of the kinds of issues children and young people might present with, and will develop strategies for using theoretical and research material to make sense of clients' experiences and formulate case material appropriately using systemic and other models.
Core Skills for Working with Children and Young People (30 Credits)
- Module code: PSYM063
- Core module Y
The module covers the 'core skills' identified in the training programme recommended by the Department of Health as part of its 'increasing access to psychological therapies for children and young people' document. These 'core skills' have been identified by the DH as reflecting the essential skills needed by all CAMHS practitioners.
Working with Schools and Communities (30 Credits)
- Module code: PSYM064
- Core module Y
This module explores the school and community as a context for intervention with children, young people and their families. The module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the role of school and community as a context within which children and young people develop. It also enables a critical and applied understanding of mental health and wellbeing based interventions for children and young people in schools and communities. As part of this module, students work in small groups or alone, together with the two module coordinators to plan and implement a brief mental health or well-being intervention in a school or community context, and to critically evaluate that intervention. 30 credits.
Therapeutic Interventions with Children, Young People and Families (30 Credits)
- Module code: PSYM065
- Core module Y
This module will provide students with an opportunity to develop a detailed and critical understanding of the use of creative therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), ecosystemic and brief solution-focused interventions with children, young people and their families. The module will focus on the development of applied knowledge and skills. 30 credits.
Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (10 Credits)
- Module code: PSYM085
- Core module Y
This module aims to build research skills at Master's level by providing students with a grounding in the techniques and concepts of quantitative and qualitative research methodology applied to social sciences and psychology. The module will enable students to design a quantitative and qualitative research proposal, one of which will become the foundation for their subsequent dissertation. 10 credits.
Dissertation & Research Methods (50 Credits)
- Module code: PSYM086
- Core module Y
The rationale for the dissertation module is to build advanced research skills in either qualitative or quantitative approaches, and to provide students with the opportunity to engage in supervised but independently undertaken research. This module is designed to develop the skills needed for independent research, and to support students to autonomously formulate and conduct an empirical research project under supervision. 50 credits.
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
Teaching methods used on the CAMH MSc include:
- one to one sessions
- private study
- group work
- role play
Each 30 credit module involves approximately 70 hours of formal teaching with some additional placement attendance where relevant. Formal teaching takes place on approximately one day each fortnight for part-time students and one to two days each week for full-time students.
The full MSc runs for one year full-time or two to four years part-time.
Our assessment strategy is designed to include a broad range of assessment methods, in order to ensure that you have the maximum opportunity to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for the course.
Assessment strategies used on this course include:
- case studies
- self-reflective log books
- critical reviews
- video recorded role plays
- oral presentations
There are no examinations on this course. The Research Methods and Dissertation module supports you in completing a supervised, but original and independently undertaken, piece of research that is assessed through a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation.
Facilities and Special Features
- promotes advanced understanding of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH)
- encourages a more critical consideration of the context through which children and young people experience distress
- considers mental health from the perspective of the young person
- multi-agency and multi-disciplinary staff and student group provides you with an exciting and varied learning environment
- strong focus on putting theory into practice
- specialist training for primary mental health workers
- dedicated laboratories and computer suites
- sensory deprivation room
- biological testing suite
- observation suite
Please note, the University is moving to a new campus, Waterside, and so the facilities will be developing.
The course is intended to develop your specific mental health knowledge and skills in a range of backgrounds and perspectives, to enable you to work more effectively with children and young people. The course will provide you with the theoretical underpinning to better understand the nature of children and young people’s distress, as well as some broad core practical skills. MSc CAMH does not provide a direct route into a specific role within CAMHS, rather it specialises your knowledge, opening up opportunities for a variety of roles within CAMHS and other related services.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
You will normally need to hold a first class or upper second class (2:1) honours degree in a relevant discipline from a UK institution or the CNAA or equivalent.
If you have a lower second class (2:2) degree or practitioner qualification at diploma level and can demonstrate your ability to work at Master’s level you will also be considered. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is mandatory for entry onto this course. You will need a high level of competence in both spoken and written English (TOEFL/IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band) for this course.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,100 per 30 credit module|
|International Part-time Fee:||£2,030 per 30 credit module|
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2018/19 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,609 through Student Finance England.
*Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.