This master's degree is aimed at students who are currently employed in / or who desire to be employed in a forensic mental health setting. The course is designed to equip graduates with an extensive knowledge of theoretical and practical issues in forensic mental health and a critical awareness of the current philosophical, theoretical and methodological problems, debates and insights that shape the discipline.
Why choose this course?
This course is designed to give graduates an in-depth knowledge of forensic mental health. You will gain a critical understanding of the academic knowledge associated with the context of practice in forensic mental health and you will gain a critical appreciation of ethical, cultural, and legal issues arising from mental health practice and research.
This master's degree is aimed at students who are currently employed in / or who desire to be employed in a forensic, forensic mental health, or mental health setting, for example:
- prisons - secure hospitals - Ministry of Justice - Police Force - courts.
Modules may include: Prison, Rehabilitation and Aftercare Clinical Research Methods Theory and Application to Mental Health Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Explanations of Crime, Criminal Behaviour and Victimology Forensic Mental Health Research and Professional Skills Specialist Psychology Essay Research Project / Dissertation
The University has made significant financial investment in the Psychology Division over recent years upgrading accommodation, facilities and equipment used exclusively for the provision of our psychology courses and for research. We have a dedicated undergraduate teaching laboratory suite and a second teaching laboratory specifically catering for postgraduate students.
In addition there are specialist suites dedicated to particular areas of interest in psychology, including:
social interaction, group work and interviewing computer gaming and cyberpsychology eye-tracking cognitive modelling and visual analysis psychophysiology.
Alongside these are new flexible cubicles for student project work, a psychometric test bank library, and a technical workshop.
Delivery and assessment
The course is delivered through lectures, interactive workshops, small-group teaching and learning and one-on-one supervision by forensic practitioners and academic staff with considerable experience of working within a variety of forensic contexts in the UK.
This taught programme is supported by a team of approachable staff and will be delivered through lectures, workshops and small reflective practice groups. All staff teaching on the course are research-active in their field of interest and students will have access to the extensive facilities within the Division of Psychology and the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). For individuals who do not wish to complete the MSc, a postgraduate certificate in Forensic Mental Health will be offered.
International students in psychology can also access additional language and study skills support, as well as help in acclimatising, via our own International Student Support Officer.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis through:
coursework essays literature reviews oral presentations professional reports.
When you graduate with an MSc Forensic Mental Health you will have the necessary skills to pursue professional careers in a range of mental health, forensic mental health or forensic settings. You may choose to study this course if you already work in this area and you hope to improve your prospects of promotion and career progression.
You may also want to pursue an academic and / or research career in a number of academic disciplines following graduation (by working as a research assistant or associate, for example, or by studying for a PhD). Psychology graduates with BPS GBR status may also be interested in this course if they are considering doctoral study towards a career as a clinical or counselling psychologist.
The School of Social Sciences offers a number of competitive scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses. For more information please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships