The MA CAMH course (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) is for people who work with, or intend to work with children or young people whose social and emotional development and functioning is affected adversely, or who risk being affected by mental health difficulties.
The course is distinctive in that it provides a non-clinical route for generalist and more specialist practitioners, managers and researchers to develop their knowledge of CAMH in a broad context. It is the only course of its kind in Wales and one of very few similar courses available in England.
This CAMH course develops knowledgeable and reflective professionals who are able to draw on evidence-based practice in ways that will impact on the workplace and on outcomes for the children and young people in those services.
It has been designed to provide opportunities for students to develop their professional knowledge, skills and understanding and most importantly their capacity for critical thinking. This postgraduate qualification in CAMH offers you the opportunity to learn alongside professionals from a range of professional backgrounds and diverse backgrounds in a highly supportive context.
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
Students on the Masters in CAMH will complete three core 30-credit modules, one or two additional specialist modules, and a Dissertation Module (30 credits or 60 credits). Choosing the shorter Dissertation allows students to take an extra specialist module.
The first core module
CAMH: Contexts and Concepts
This has a theoretical focus and introduces students to key concepts within CAMH, and develops their ability to look critically at CAMH issues in context, looking for example at the concepts of risk and protective factors in relation to good outcomes for children and young people.
Managing and Supporting CAMH and SEBD
This looks more at theory of practice and develops your ability to look critically at the range of approaches to prevention and interventions through an exploration of a range of approaches and evidence-based interventions.
This provides you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to undertake a piece of primary or secondary research.
Dissertation (30 credits or 60 credits)
This module supports students in developing and carrying out a piece of substantive research. Choosing the shorter Dissertation allows students to take an extra specialist module.
Other optional modules include:
The course provides students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to develop as reflective practitioners. This is reflected in both the content and the process of the course. Both modules draw on problem-based learning, case study, role-play and practical sessions which all contribute to a rich learning experience.
Formative assessments include the requirement for students to disseminate their learning through presentations, which supports the role that many graduates of the course will have in leading the implementation of new approaches and new interventions and supporting colleagues. Each module is broken down into 10 on-campus sessions of three hours each, most of which are evening sessions (for part time students all the sessions are delivered in the evenings).
Taught sessions are supported by independent study and individual tutorials. Resources are provided electronically wherever possible and so most of the independent study can be undertaken off campus.
Each module will be assessed through a 5000-word assignment or equivalent on a negotiated topic.
A good first degree is preferred but experience is greatly valued.
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
An informal discussion with the course tutor can be arranged after application, if the candidate would like this.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Whilst you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can get a range of funding to help with these costs.
There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate study. This can be through student finance, bursaries or help from grants, trusts and charities (see Alternative Funding), or a combination of all three.
The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales graduates studying a postgraduate course from September 2021 (this includes students starting their course in January/ February 2022). T's and C's apply.
Students on the MA CAMH Course are often professionals working in Children’s Services (education, health and social care) who would like to develop their expertise in relation to CAMH issues as they find themselves working with children and young people with a greater range of more complex difficulties. Practitioners have used their studies to support promotion within a service and/or a move into a more specialist role. Increasingly students have just completed their undergraduate degree and are using the MA qualification to strengthen their applications in a competitive job market. The MA CAMH has also been successfully completed by international and European students from a number of countries including Oman, Nigeria, Greece, and Malta. International and European students, who are often writing in a second language, and students returning to study, will be supported both through discrete sessions on academic writing available to all Professional Learning Students and through the study skills embedded in the CAMH Course.
A Master’s degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations, and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research. If you are interested in the possibility of going on to a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so here at the University of South Wales.