University of Northampton

University of Northampton

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

This course promotes an advanced level of knowledge and understanding in the area of child and adolescent mental health. It 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 1st or 2nd tiers of service provision. Graduates of psychology and other cognate disciplines, social and behavioural sciences, education and related fields would also benefit from this programme. Research skills are also developed through a taught module and dissertation.

Entry requirements

Candidates normally have a 1st Class or upper 2nd Class (2.1) Honours degree in a relevant discipline from a UK institution or the CNAA or equivalent. Applicants who have a lower 2nd Class (2.2) degree or practitioner qualification at diploma level and can demonstrate an ability to work at Master's level are considered. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is mandatory. Candidates 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). Some voluntary or professional experience of work with children and adolescents is desirable, but not essential.

Course modules

Understanding mental health in children and young people; core skills for working with children and young people; working with schools and communities; therapeutic interventions with children, young people and families; qualitative and quantitative research methods; dissertation and research methods.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: essays, case studies, self-reflective log books, critical reviews, video recorded role plays and oral presentations. There are no examinations. The research methods and dissertation module is assessed through a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 5,670 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 5,670 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 945 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 945 per Credit module (EU fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Park Campus Northampton NN2 7AL East Midlands

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