Taught course

Childhood Development and Wellbeing in Practice

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or above in an undergraduate degree course (or overseas equivalent) related to the allied health/social care or education professions, or an unrelated degree with some relevant experience in young people’s services and/or settings.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

If you are unsure as to whether you meet the entry requirements for the course, please liaise with the admissions team who can provide further information.

Months of entry


Course content

Learn about how inequalities in childhood and experiences inform child development, and how policy and practice can promote change and wellbeing. Learn to analyse critical frameworks that inform our understanding of mental health constructs in childhood, adolescence and emerging adulthood. Learn how to critically examine the evidence base and use of practices in children’s services.

Designed for people with an interest in working across children’s services, this course will encourage you to explore how to promote positive mental health for young people across a variety of settings.

You’ll develop your practical psychological skills in assessment, formulation and intervention planning, as well as your awareness of yourself as an aspiring practitioner and researcher. You’ll develop and practice critical research methods and analysis skills.

Some of the topics you’ll study include psychological theories, early intervention approaches, and how developmental, societal, and environmental challenges influence all aspects of young people’s lives.

You’ll also learn how to identify and nurture protective factors, promoting young people’s strengths through preventative and restorative practices across settings.

For your MSc, you’ll complete a service-based dissertation project focused to develop and advance practice in a particular area.

Information for international students

We provide further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Fees and funding

For fees and funding options, please visit our website to find out more.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)161 247 6969