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Child and Adolescent Psychology and Neuroscience in Practice, PG Dip (Distance Learning)

This new online distance learning programme provides a comprehensive overview of child and adolescent mental health, introducing core concepts, theories, and models of current evidence-based practice.

About this programme

The programme brings together psychological, developmental, neurobiological, and clinical perspectives - including systemic, cognitive, and psychoanalytic approaches. The course benefits from input from a range of experts by lived experience, research, and clinical practice.

Students will learn about how and why mental health problems can emerge, how they impact children and young people, and will be introduced to a range of clinical and non-clinical approaches to support prevention and intervention.

Applications close: 28th June 2024

Study options

Students will have the option to complete this programme on a full-time basis in one year or a part-time basis over two years. To support accessibility and working professionals, this programme is available fully online via distance learning - there will not be any face to face teaching at UCL or Anna Freud campuses.

Who can apply?

This course has been developed to support people who are keen to develop and advance their knowledge of child mental health through the prism of psychology and neuroscience.

It will be particularly useful for professionals already working with children and young people, for example people working in social care, education, community settings, or the health sector.

Additionally, the strong emphasis on case-based study and learning means students without professional experience will be supported to engage with the programme content and learning outcomes. Our mix of perspectives and student backgrounds adds to the student experience overall and through discussion and group learning activities, you will also develop strong communication skills and have opportunities to network with a cohort from different educational and professional backgrounds, as well as from different countries.

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Alternatively, a lower second-class honours degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard will be considered if supported by professional experience in a relevant setting.'

Career prospects

This course will enable graduates from the programme to develop an understanding of core mental health concepts in relation to working with children and young people. This includes an understanding of pathways to both risk and resilience and prevention and intervention strategies from multiple professional perspectives. Students will be introduced to the influence of trauma and adversity on child development and mental health.

The course will build your confidence in understanding and supporting child mental health within your current area of work. For interested candidates, it could also lead to further training and development opportunities with Anna Freud.

Student testimonials

In the videos below, students Clementine and Shivangi speak about their experiences on the Child and Adolescent Psychology and Neuroscience in Practice, PG Dip (Distance Learning) course.

Funding: Asquith Mature Student Bursary

Note: Application deadline for entry in 2024/5 - Friday 28th June, 12pm (UK time) . This bursary is for individuals seeking to return to postgraduate study after some time away from education.

Value: £4,500 for a full-time student (or £2,250 for a part-time student, with a total value of £4,500 over a two-year period). Applicable to candidates interested in applying to the following programme: PG Dip Child and Adolescent Psychology and Neuroscience in Practice

Eligibility Criteria: Based on both academic merit and financial need. Applicable to mature students only, where a mature student is defined as someone who was aged 21 or over when they commenced their undergraduate studies or the applicant will be aged 25 or over at the time of enrolment on their Masters level postgraduate programme.

Guidance notes: View here.

Further information

For more information about the programme, including content, structure or to make an application, please visit the UCL website. In addition, we often have virtual open events running for this programme - for dates and booking, please see our Upcoming Events.

Finally, to listen to our Podcast with Programme Co-Directors Vanessa Puetz and Jodie Rawlings as they discuss the CAPNiP PG Dip, please find the episode on Spotify or Podbean.


For all enquiries related to this programme, please contact the Programme Officer.