The Forensic Mental Health Masters degree is ideal if you are currently employed in / or  desire to be employed in a forensic mental health setting. The course is designed to equip you 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. During the course you’ll also gain a critical appreciation of ethical, cultural, and legal issues arising from mental health practice and research.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

  • Forensic Mental Health
  • Explanations of Crime, Criminal Behaviour and Victimisation
  • Clinical Research Methods
  • Research and Professional Skills
  • Contemporary Issues in Mental Health
  • Theory and Application to Mental Health
  • Specialist Psychology Essay
  • Research Project / Dissertation

Programme Funding

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies, We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Student Destinations

The majority of graduates have tended to pursue, or to return to, applied employment in a range of forensic mental health settings. Recent graduates have pursued careers as:

  • Case worker
  • Mental health support worker
  • Nurse
  • Worker for the Ministry of Justice
  • Assistant psychologist
  • Healthcare assistant
  • Social Worker

*Data extracted from the Nottingham Trent University Graduate Destinations Database 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17.

You may also want to pursue a career in the prison service or secure hospitals.


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Entry Requirements

Applying with prior qualifications

  • You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.2) in Psychology or an allied discipline such as social science, nursing, health related practice, or law or other recognised equivalent qualification.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge and / or their professional qualifications (such as RMN, RN) would enable them to study this course at Masters level in their Personal Statement.

Other requirements

The application form requires a written statement in which you should outline the reasons for wishing to undertake the MSc Forensic Mental Health. We will be looking to ensure that you have a sound rationale for joining the course based on a realistic appreciation of the materials to be studied and the related practice areas.

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