Taught course

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

University of Northampton · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally have a first class or upper second class (2:1) honours degree in a relevant discipline from a UK institution or the CNAA or equivalent. Applicants who have a lower second class (2:2) degree or practitioner qualification at diploma level and can demonstrate an ability to work at masters level will also be 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).

Months of entry


Course content

The course explores child and adolescent mental health problems. 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 get to explore both theoretical and practice related issues. Your research skills will also be developed through a taught module and dissertation. Modules are taught by practitioners and academics from psychology, social work, nursing, psychiatric nursing, law and psychiatry and as such engages 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. Please note that this is not required for the postgraduate diploma.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

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