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MSc/PGDip Forensic Mental Health / Overview

Year of entry: 2016

Degree awarded
MSc 3yrs P/T or 12 months F/T
Entry requirements

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.

Relevant research or professional experience may be acceptable in place of an academic qualification or first degree, but enrolment will only be on the Diploma in the first instance.

All applicants will be expected to have basic IT skills, familiarity with the internet and access to a PC and/or laptop.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants


How to apply
This course his now called MSc Advanced Practice in Forensic Mental Health. For information on How to Apply please visit MSc Advanced Practice in Forensic Mental Health

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course description

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 masters 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
  • Police
  • Probation
  • Other community-based services for mentally disordered offenders

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:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Family Intervention
  • Practice Development
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Physical Healthcare Skills

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 Michael Doyle, Dr Caroline Logan, Dr Adrian West, Dr Jane Senior and Dr Roger Webb.

There will be an initial induction block. Following this, the programme requires one day per week dedication 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. 


To be announced.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


Up to 12 fully funded part-time places will be available to North West NHS staff (excluding medical doctors).

In order to be eligible for the NHS North West funded places, applicants will need to:

  • Be employed in the NHS in North West Region
  • Be registered health/social care professionals
  • Hold a 2:2 Hons degree or equivalent (see entry requirements)
  • Have managerial support and sign off

The funding will cover full course fees for students to complete the programme up to MSc normally within a maximum period of 3 years from initial registration.

All interested NHS North West employed applicants must complete and return the following form:

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
+44 (0)161 306 5439
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