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Forensic Mental Health


The MSc Forensic Mental Health 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.

Entry requirements: Please see the Applying section
Starting: 26 September 2016 and September 2017
Course length: One year full-time / Two years part-time
Study location: City site

Fees and funding:

Please see the fees, funding and scholarships section.

This course is designed to equip graduates with 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 masters 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.

The programme is designed to provide students with a combination of applied and research skills core to work in a forensic mental health setting. The course team consists of practitioners and academics who each have considerable experience working within a range of forensic contexts in the UK. The MSc is aligned with the Sexual Crimes and Misconduct Research Unit at NTU, which includes active researchers currently engaged in collaborative work with:

  • HM Prison Service
  • National Health Service (NHS)
  • High Secure Hospitals
  • Police Service.

You may also be interested in finding out about our Addiction and Aberrant Behaviours, Wellbeing research groups and the Emergency Services Research Unit.

A supportive and active research environment

Throughout the course you will benefit from research-informed teaching. Psychology at NTU has an established international research reputation and is one of the top risers in the REF 2014 research rankings. The 2014 Assessment also showed:

  • 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014
  • 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world leading
  • Our research impact and output is the highest of any UK psychology department with an equivalent research environment.

Find out more about our recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework results.

Contact us for further information
Find out more information by requesting a course brochure. If you would like to speak with a member of the team, you can contact us using the details below.

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4460