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Children and Young People’s Mental Health (MA, PGDip, PGCert)

At a time of increasing concerns about children and young people’s mental health, the MA programme explores the issues young people face and how to support them. 

This programme will focus uniquely on evidence-based therapeutic and supportive interventions. In particular, it highlights the importance of the voice of the child and research methodologies aimed at research with children.

The structure of this programme will ensure that students have experience in a range of interventions which work with a variety of presenting issues, including mental health concerns and neurodevelopmental disorders, affording them the skills and knowledge to apply in their professional fields.

In particular, the programme examines a variety of issues affecting children and young people’s mental health such as anxiety, bereavement, childhood trauma, adverse childhood experiences, ADHD, and attachment disorders. The modules fall into our specialist expertise (i.e., ADHD, ACEs, Therapeutic and nature-based play) to offer a unique, innovative programme underpinned by how we can all support children’s mental health and well-being through interventions such as resilience-building, therapeutic play, nature-based practices and outdoor play, trauma-informed practice and behavioural interventions.


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Three qualification types are available:

  • MA – Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • Postgraduate Diploma – Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • Postgraduate Certificate – Children and Young People’s Mental Health

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Contact Name: Dr Charlotte Greenway

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Overseas: £15,000

Five reasons why you should choose this course:

  1. Enhance your knowledge of children and young people’s mental health.
  2. Learn about interventions and behavioural and therapeutic strategies for daily practice working with children and young people.
  3. Benefit from small group teaching in a supportive learning environment.
  4. Enhance your critical and analytical thinking skills.
  5. Encourage independent working, self-motivation and intellectual rigour.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Children’s mental health is a concern in today’s society. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 75% of children and young people who experience mental health problems aren’t getting the help they need. Without early intervention, children are at risk of developing long-term or serious mental health problems into adulthood.

Supporting good mental health helps children develop resilience and coping skills for the future. Our MA in Children and Young People’s Mental Health will give you the knowledge and understanding to manage young people’s mental well-being and to develop strategies and non-clinical interventions to use in your practice.

The course will also encourage you to reflect on theory, policy and practice concerning young people’s mental health. For those wanting to extend their skills in research with children and young people, our unique research methods module examines creative methodologies appropriate to research with young people. These include participatory methods, the mosaic approach, drawings and storytelling.    

The programme is modular and has three named awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate — 2 taught modules (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma — 4 taught modules (120 credits)
  • MA Children and Young People’s Mental Health — 4 taught modules + dissertation (180 credits)

The programme is taught through online and on-campus lectures, workshops, discussion, project work and independent and group study.

Module Topics

Level 7
Part I
MA, PGCert and PGDip

  • ADHD: Research and Practice (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Research methods for children and young people (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Understanding Trauma and the Mental Health Needs of the Child (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Therapeutic Play and Nature-based Play (30 credits; compulsory)

Part II

  • Applied Research Dissertation (60 credits; compulsory).

Assessments are designed to develop wide-ranging employability skills through various innovative and professionally focused assessments. They include professional portfolios, systematic reviews, presentations, promotional campaigns, intervention strategies, research proposals, and traditional essays. 

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Entry Criteria

This programme is open to individuals with a background in a related subject (i.e., psychology, counselling, or early years). You will be expected to hold a 2.1 honours degree or a good 2.2 honours degree (including a research dissertation).

Whilst we may consider applications from those with a background in a closely related area or on other merits that include experience in a related field, due to the nature of this programme, this would depend upon an assessment of academic writing and appropriate research skills.

Career Opportunities

Students for this MA are often professionals working with children (education, health and social care) who would like to develop their knowledge and skills to help provide further support for children and young people in an ever-changing world of complex needs and difficulties. Practitioners can use the carefully chosen modules within this MA to support promotion within their existing employment or act as a springboard into a more specialist role.

Postgraduate study is increasingly required to improve employment prospects and give individuals an edge in a competitive graduate employment market. Successful completion of this course demonstrates that you have developed specialised knowledge and advanced-level skills in analysis and research.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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Further Information

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