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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Medical Studies People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

The Forensic Mental Health Masters course 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. The course is designed to provide you with a combination of applied and research skills core to work in a forensic mental health setting. During the course you'll engage in a piece of consultancy for an external organisation working in the areas of mental health or psychological well-being. This affords excellent networking opportunities. Many students also engage in volunteering opportunities to work in these areas facilitated by the University. You'll be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis through: coursework; essays; literature reviews; oral presentations; professional reports. You'll also be assessed through your research project / dissertation work and your specialist essay work, which is written up as an academic article suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal. 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 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 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 and Social Worker.

Different course options

Full time | City Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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This module will provide a conceptual basis for understanding crime, criminal behaviour and victimisation, and will provide the evidence and theoretical basis for more applied modules such as Assessment, Formulation and Treatment and Professional Forensic Practice. In brief this module will cover the philosophical, historical and social meaning of crime, as well as methodological shortcomings associate with measuring crime. A range of theoretical explanations of criminal behaviour and victimisation will be critically reviewed, including psychological models associated with adults, children, violent and sexual offending. In addition, you'll gain a depth of knowledge and begin to develop your professional identity through the opportunity to investigate individually chosen psychological explanations of criminal behaviour and victimisations in greater detail.

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Students 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. Students 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.

University information

Situated in Nottingham - voted the second best city for students in the UK - Nottingham Trent University (NTU) consists of 4 campuses: City Campus, Confetti Campus, Clifton Campus and Brackenhurst Campus. NTU offers almost 200 taught courses and has a wide range of research degree options across its many academic schools: NTU Doctoral School (research degrees) Nottingham Business School Nottingham Law School ...more

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