The structure of the MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People

Taught courses

  • Professional Context and Clinical Management
  • Assessment and Formulation
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Early Years and Early Intervention
  • Promotion of Mental Health and Emotional Well-being
  • Psychological Intervention and Structured Treatment Approaches
  • Evaluation and Research

Other components

  • A Masters Dissertation of approximately 10,000 words in length

Further information

The distinguishing feature of the MSc is its collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, key NHS stakeholders and clinical psychologists working within several NHS Health Board areas, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health services. Several of the territorial Health Boards in Scotland provide training placements and supervisors for the trainees.

Trainees will be placed throughout the year in one main Child and/or Adolescent Clinical Psychology Service or CAMHS within the NHS in Scotland, under the supervision of a qualified clinical psychologist. Trainees will be involved in delivering services immediately.

Trainees will attend the University of Edinburgh and NHS partnership sites in Glasgow for taught course teaching blocks and days throughout the year.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, clinical skills workshops, independent study and individual reading. A substantial proportion of teaching is workshop based and trainees are encouraged to develop clinical decision-making skills as well as skills necessary for carrying out psychological interventions with children, young people and families.

Assessment of academic work is through a small scale research proposal, case conceptualisation, health promotion group project and the dissertation. Students will receive feedback throughout the year. Assessment of clinical competence is continuous and monitored via placement visits carried out by the MSc Clinical Tutor team.