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Forensic Mental Health MSc


Course Description

Flexible postgraduate programme for students with a clinical or academic interest in the complex relationship between mental disorders and criminal behaviour, taught by a multi-disciplinary team of clinical academics. Ideal first step towards clinical psychology training or a PhD.

Key benefits

- A unique emphasis on the neuroscientific understanding of the development of prosocial and antisocial behaviours across the lifespan

- Excellent links with clinical services

- Strong emphasis on evidence-based practice and developing the critical skills to evaluate new research.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/forensic-mental-health-msc-pg-dip.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The programme aims to provide students with the knowledge and advanced skills necessary for a career that will involve clinical work and/or research with mentally disordered offenders. All teaching is at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on the clinical relevance of research findings. Students will develop the critical skills necessary to assess and manage risk of antisocial and criminal behaviour and to establish, manage and evaluate programmes for reducing such behaviour.

All students apply to and enrol on the MSc/in Forensic Mental Health, available full-time or part-time. Students then follow one of three ‘pathways’ through the programme. This simply means that the combination of modules chosen will lead to a qualification which reflects the student’s chosen focus of study. There are specific entry criteria for each pathway.

The three pathways are:

Clinical Forensic Psychology (full-time only)
Clinical Forensic Psychiatry
Forensic Mental Health Research

- Course purpose -

This programme is designed to develop academic and clinical skills specific to the assessment and treatment of persons with mental disorders who engage in criminal behaviour. You will study alongside students from a wide range of professional and academic disciplines from all over the world.

- Course format and assessment -

Teaching methods include lectures, group work, discussions, case analyses. Assessment varies by module; methods include essays and other written assignments, written and oral examinations, research project.

Career prospects

- PhD programmes
- Forensic or clinical psychology training
- Research assistants or assistant psychologists.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Forensic Mental Health MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Open to experienced practising clinicians working with forensic patients, eg psychiatrists (ST4+, staff grade, consultants), chartered psychologists, experienced mental health nurses, occupational therapists, and social workers. Minimum 2.1 (or overseas equivalent) in first degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. If you do not meet the normal entry requirements, please provide evidence of potential to succeed at graduate level. This might include publications, preparation of substantial reports or active participation in research. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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