The course is a flexible evidence-based postgraduate programme in contemporary advanced forensic mental health practice and research that is open to students from a multidisciplinary and multiagency background.
This master’s programme would be suitable for staff who are currently employed in, or who desire to be employed in, a forensic setting.
This would include settings such as: - Secure hospitals - Prisons - Ministry of justice - Probation - Community-based services for mentally disordered offenders - Private/independent secure sector providers
The masters programme would also be suitable for staff currently employed in settings where service users present with complex mental health/psychological needs with risk behaviours or vulnerabilities that place them at risk of contact with the criminal justice system or forensic mental health services.
This would include settings such as: - Patient Intensive Care Units - Early Intervention Services - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) inpatient services - Substance Misuse Services - Learning Disability Services
The course aims to be skills-based, so that staff completing the programme return to services with demonstrable skills to meet service objectives.
The part-time course will be run on a part-time modular basis with four modules per year for the first two years. The full-time course will feature eight modules from September to May and a dissertation from June to September. Teaching will be a blend of face-to-face teaching, e-learning and supervised clinical practice. The third year will be dedicated to completion of the Masters dissertation under close supervision from University staff.
The course is designed to be flexible, to enable students to balance academic work with existing workplace demands. Students will have options where they can choose from skills-based modules including: - Psychosocial Interventions for Individuals with Complex Mental Health Needs - Structured Family Interventions for Psychosis - Developing practice and managing change
Teaching sessions will be prepared and presented by leading authorities in the field of forensic mental health. The School of Medicine has a number of affiliated staff who are leading authorities in forensic and related mental health issues including Professor Jenny Shaw, Professor Louis Appleby, Dr Caroline Logan, Dr Jane Senior, Dr Roger Webb and Dr Charlotte Lennox.
There will be an initial induction. Following this, the programme requires one day per week dedication for the part-time pathway, and two days per week full-time during term-time, which will involve periodic attendance at University. In order to achieve the practical-skills outcomes associated with some course modules, the equivalent of one day per week in practice will be required. Students are required to identify a suitable practice supervisor/mentor to oversee and assess the clinical and/or practice work required for the programme modules.
Full-time students will require access to a suitable clinical or similar placement.
An honours degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent from a recognised institution and an approved and relevant professional experience, which the University accepts as qualifying the candidate for entry. In the case of non-UK applicants, an institution that is recognised and approved by the University and the School must award the degree.