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Child & Adolescent Mental Health MSc

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Explore child development, boost your research skills and learn to diagnose psychiatric disorders in children and young people. At King’s College London, you’ll be taught by leaders in the field and develop your skills through hands-on clinical placements. 

We’ve designed this course for international and UK-based psychiatrists, paediatricians and psychologists. But it’s also helpful for other professionals working with children such as nurses, social workers and teachers. 

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.


Key benefits  

  • Learn from leading academics in the field of mental health 
  • Develop your skills on a supervised clinical placement within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). 
  • Work alongside specialist clinicians and take part in innovative research within the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN).
  • Boost your knowledge in specialist areas including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Therapeutic Assessment for Self-Harm and Kiddie Schedule for Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders.
  • Study surrounded by the expertise of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, MRC Social & Genetic Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Maurice Wohl Neuroscience Centre, and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre 


You’ll learn from leaders in the field and use realistic simulation to grasp new skills. Everything you learn will help you understand what it takes to provide clinically effective services through relevant research.  

At King’s, we understand hands-on experience is vital. On placement, you’ll learn to diagnose, formulate and plan therapeutic interventions, service design, monitoring and evaluation.  

“We have the largest research centre for child and adolescent mental health in the UK. We explore a huge range of subjects too – from autism to self-harm”  

 Dr Dennis Ougrin, Course Leader 

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration One year FT, September to September, two years PT for UK-based clinicians working in CAMH/ paediatric settings.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations This course has acquired credit internationally. Graduates are able to use the MSc to facilitate obtaining accreditation with statutory bodies in their home countries to work clinically in child and adolescent mental health.

Course intake Approximately 12 FT.

Course leaders

Dr Dennis Ougrin



Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200



Helen Stacey

Programme Administrator

e: helen.stacey@kcl.ac.uk

tel: 0207 848 0179

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry



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Course detail


Whether you’re relatively new to the field or already have years of experience, this course advances your knowledge and research skills in child development, therapeutic interventions and service models. 

You’ll explore issues relating to child development, causes of child and adolescent disorders, and psychological and physical treatments for emotional, behavioural and developmental disorders.  

To put your skills into action, you’ll complete a placement within South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. One of the key areas the Trust focuses on is supporting people who experience mental health problems early on in life.   

We’ll also help you understand how to make an impact to mental health services through research. Using either quantitative or qualitative methodologies, you’ll explore an area of the field that really interests you and explain how your findings can be applied to practice.  

Further literature

Course handbook (contact us for a copy) For information on our next open evening please visit our 'Postgraduate Open Evening' page

Course format and assessment


You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Presentation Skills

Lectures (35 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (35 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (10 hours) | Self-study time (70 hours)

Evidence Base for Major Psychiatric Disorders

Lectures (40 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (40 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (75 hours) | Self-study time (45 hours)

Child Development

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (30 hours) | Self-study time (90 hours)

Research Skills

Lectures (50 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (65 hours) | Self-study time (85 hours)

Diagnosis, Formulation and Pharmacological, Psychological and Social Interventions

Lectures (60 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (20 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (75 hours) | Self-study time (45 hours)

Systematic Literature Review

Lectures (35 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (47 hours) | Self-study time (68 hours)

Service Development and Service Evaluation

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (20 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (75 hours) | Self-study time (35 hours)

Dissertation – Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Self-study time (590 hours)

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks. 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. An average of 10 hours per week of preparation and self-directed learning is required. Between one and four full-days of lectures/seminars a week during term time; a minimum of one day a week of mandatory clinical placement (more days can be negotiated with the relevant clinical team). 


Course Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Year 1

Examination (50%) | Coursework (30%) | Practical (20%)

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Extra information

Regulating body
King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England


Year 1

Required Modules
    Students on this course are required to take: 
  • Presentation Skills (15 credits)

  • Evidence Base for Major Psychiatric Disorders (20 credits)

  • Research Skills (20 credits)

  • Child Development (15 credits)

  • Diagnosis, Formulation and Pharmacological, Psychological and Social Interventions (20 credits)

  • Systematic Literature Review (15 credits)

  • Service Development and Service Evaluations (15 credits)

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course

Entry requirements & how to apply

Child and Adolescent MH entry requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

Bachelor's degree with at least 2:1 honours in psychology/medicine/nursing/social work/education from a UK university or the overseas equivalent plus one year full time postgraduate experience working with children or adolescents with mental health problems. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also has substantial clinical experience.

Applicants whose qualifications have been gained outside the UK will be checked by the Admissions Office to establish equivalency with these standards before an offer is sent and applicants will need to demonstrate at interview that their background and experience, general education and scholarship are appropriate.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Selection is made on the basis of the application and references. The programme leader will sometimes conduct telephone interviews; potential students are welcome to visit the department, please arrange a suitable time in advance.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Child Mental Health checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Your personal statement should include your reasons for applying for the course and your goals. Please also detail any post-qualification clinical experience you have working with children and young people in a mental health setting. You should include details of the employment dates, the number of children seen and the types of disorders that you have had experience in managing.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
Reference Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
 Other Yes Please also include a full CV as part of your application.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,900 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £28,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £5,250 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £14,390 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • DBS checks
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

Applicants from eligible developing Commonwealth Countries who are applying to start in September 2019 may wish to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS). The CSSS covers full tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, airfare to and from the UK, and an additional thesis grant and a travel allowance. Further information about the scholarship and eligibility criteria can be found here.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Armed with an internationally recognised qualification, many of our graduates return to clinical practice where they apply their understanding of child mental health to their career. 

Other students use this MSc as a stepping stone to further training or a PhD. 

Career destinations

Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of organisations including: 

  • The NHS

  • The TCES Group

  • Hackney Learning Trust

  • The Depaul Charity 

  • Colombo Institute of Research & Psychology 

  • Al Masarra Hosptial  


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