Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc

Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc

School of Nursing


Post- graduate





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Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, UCLan
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839

  • Duration:

    Part time - Three years

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Professional Development, Post-registration

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  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

The course is designed for practitioners from Health, Education, Social Care and Voluntary care services with some experience of working with children and adolescents. Students need to be a practitioner in relevant area of practice such as education or health and social care. You may have completed a core professional qualification i.e. nursing, social work, occupational therapy, health visiting, or school nursing and wish to advance your knowledge, although this is not essential.

The course is studied over three years with two pathways in your final year of study; a full research pathway or a taught research pathway. Teaching will involve a broad range of teaching methods including role play and experiential learning, structured reflection, seminar presentations, small group work and video assisted learning.

You will need to have access to working with children and/ or young people and families throughout the course and you will need support for study leave from your line manager to attend scheduled teaching sessions. 


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Entry Requirements

Entry criteria is a first degree or an upper second class (2:1) honours degree. Applicants who have a lower second class degree (2;2) or practitioners with a diploma qualification such as nursing and can demonstrate an ability to work at Masters level may be considered.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • NU4148 Evaluating Key Theories of Child Development and Family Life (20 credits C)
  • NU4147 Complexities of Care in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (40 credits C)

Year 2

  • NU4025 Introduction to Postgraduate Research (20 credits C)

Plus 40 credits from the following option modules:

  • NU4007 Solution Focused Interventions (20 credits)
  • NU4019 Managing Complex Mental Needs, Relationships, Teams and Environments (20 credits)
  • NU4149 Exploring Self-injury and Suicide (20 credits)
  • HN4711 Therapeutic Work with Children and Adolescents (20 credits)


Year 3

  • NU4053 Research Dissertation Module (60 credits C)


  • NU4026 Advanced Research Methods (20 credits C)
  • NU4008 Research Proposal (40 credits C)

Further Information

Modules within the course look at a range of areas such as issues around attachment, normal childhood development, parenting and trauma informed care. Areas specifically related to children and young people’s mental health are considered in depth from assessment to interventions, covering specific areas of concern such as ADHD, ASD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm and emergent personality disorder.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Post-registration Recruitment Team, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
See further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 893836/3839


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Course leader Sharon Pagett has 15 years clinical experience within CAMH. Sharon’s professional background is mental health nursing and she has a range of clinical experience within CAMH services within Day Units and community services. Sharon has led the University’s Graduate Diploma in CAMH for 15 years, which was commissioned by the NHS. This course has consistently evaluated well since its inception. Members of the teaching team also have a range of clinical experience within CAMH services; Simon Baverstock has experience within in-patient child and adolescent inpatient services and violence reduction. He has an MSc in Personality Disorder and has interests in emerging personality disorder, trauma and mindfulness-based interventions.

Dr Karen Whittaker (Reader in Child and Family Health) leads the Child and Family Health research theme group referred to as SEaRCCH, (Supporting Evaluation and Research in Child and Community Health) within the School of Nursing. She is an Institute of Health Visiting Fellow and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Karen’s professional background is in nursing and health visiting, previously practicing as a health visitor in the city of Salford and later in Lancashire. Her own doctorate and post-doctorate research has involved the application of realist evaluation methods to examine parenting and family support.


The course will develop students’ knowledge in the area of child and adolescent mental health, developing skills that are transferrable in a range of settings from social care to education and also within a range of health services specific to children and adolescents. With the emphasis on early intervention and raising awareness of mental health issues in children and young people, the range of settings where this award could be used is constantly developing.