M.Sc. Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health

London Metropolitan University

Application deadline: You are advised to apply as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • € 8,850 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,100 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The course aims to provide an opportunity to critically examine local and national policies and service planning for children's and adolescents mental health; understanding relevant social, biological, cultural, philosophical and economic contexts and reflect on the advantages of a multidisciplinary approach to meet the needs in children and families.

It also develops competencies in conducting research and analysis in relation to child, adolescent and family mental health.

Career opportunities
Career destinations include employment in the areas of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services within the NHS and also local Educational Authorities, Social Services, counselling and youth education and justice and other support services including the non-statutory sector.

The recent publication of the Children's National Service Framework (NSF 2004) requires that all staff working directly with children should have sufficient knowledge, training and support to promote psychological well-being.

Hence, this course is designed to provide the professional competencies and knowledge of the range of evidence-based interventions to meet the standards promoted by the NSF, thereby enhancing future employability in these areas.


Course Structure
The core content comprises of:

* Developmental Psychology, focusing on a wide range of developmental theories in psychological change across the life span.
* Family Mental Health, focusing on the family systems theory in the context of mental health
* Developmental Psychopathology, focusing on the theoretical explanations of the development of psychopathology.
* Research Design and Analysis provides training to gain expertise in conducting, analysing and communicating research.
* Evidence Based Interventions examines pharmacological, psychological and behavioural treatment.
* Law, Ethics and Policy in Mental Health allows students to explore the relationship between key aspects of the policy, law, rights and code of professionals ethics within mental health.
* Research Project - is the independent research within child, adolescent and family mental health.

Assessment methods include coursework, essays, report case studies, unseen examinations and an individual research project.


The minimum entry requirement is normally a lower second-class Honours degree in the area of social sciences, health, education and human sciences e.g. social work, psychology, medicine, biomedical science, nursing, health promotion or social work.

Graduates from other disciplines who have extensive relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.


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