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MSc Forensic Mental Health

Course Description

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

For more information about the modules you may study on this course visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/forensicmentalhealth


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
cognitive modelling and visual analysis

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:

literature reviews
oral presentations
professional reports.

Career opportunities

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

Want to find out more? Come along to one of our postgraduate Open Evenings. For further details please visit: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3events

Visit the MSc Forensic Mental Health page on the Nottingham Trent University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Piniel Moyo

“I was attracted to Nottingham Trent University as it was the first institution to offer the MSc Forensic Mental Health in Nottingham, a course which I considered to be particularly relevant to my line of work.

“This course has given me an insight into the effectiveness of enquiry based learning. It quickly brings students together as a team with a common goal and enhances the spirit of collegiality by sharing ideas. I especially enjoyed the Criminology and Psychometrics modules. They were new to me given my background as a mental health nurse and I really enjoyed the challenge.

“I found all of the tutors on this course to be extremely helpful. They often went out of their way to facilitate extra sessions in order to bring our level of understanding in line with other students.

“By taking this course, I feel that my future career has been broadened to accommodate various aspects of forensic mental health. My understanding of contemporary mental health issues in general has been enhanced and the way I look at issues now encompasses some psychological considerations. My ambition is to manage a forensic mental health institution. To make this a reality, I will need to attain a relevant management qualification and I feel my time on the MSc Forensic Mental Health course has certainly put me on the right path to achieving this.

“I would like to advise nurses, police officers, prison officers, probation officers and others in similar roles that this degree is tailor made for them. They will benefit from it and also the discussions in class will benefit from their practical experience.”


Masters Scholarship - 8 Awards

For full details of the Scholarship Scheme please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to half the tuition fee


The School of Social Sciences is delighted to announce the availability of a number of competitive Scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses.

Application Procedure

For further information and to apply please download the application form from our website at http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You will need a British Psychological Society (BPS) recognised undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology or an equivalent qualification that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS. All applicants must explain why they want to study the Forensic Psychology course in their personal statement. Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 or equivalent will also be considered, but will be required to demonstrate relevant forensic experience and ability to study at the required academic level. English language requirements for international students can be found at View Website

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