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 honours 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.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme explores psychological wellbeing in practice, specifically in relation to children and young people’s services. Students will be introduced to important theoretical and practical frameworks, which will encourage systemic and life-course thinking. Students will have the opportunity to develop their practical psychological skills in assessment, formulation and intervention planning; as well as their awareness of themselves as practitioners. Importantly, students will undertake specific units on childhood wellbeing and development, critically considering psychological theories, such as attachment theory, which can be applied to practice based situations to facilitate a critical understanding of evidence-based practices. Students will learn how developmental, societal and environmental challenges and disadvantages influence all aspects of young people’s lives and how protective factors can be identified and nurtured.

All of our MSc students are required to complete a service-based dissertation, through which they will utilise their research methods expertise acquired during the course, supported through supervision. Dissertations will take the form of a review or empirical study, which will inform service development or a specific interventions for children, young people or families.

The course will be of particular interest to current or future practitioners in primary and secondary school teaching; child, family, and school social work; youth work; educational psychology; speech and language therapy and research. It is expected that the majority of students across the course will have a part-time job or voluntary position within a service for young people or families, from which they may gain an applied understanding of the programme content

Fees and funding

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office