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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Forensic Mental Health at Nottingham Trent University

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.

How you're taught

The course is delivered through lectures, interactive workshops, small-group teaching and learning and one-on-one supervision by academic staff with considerable experience of working within a variety of forensic contexts in the UK.

This taught course is supported by a team of approachable staff and will be delivered through lectures, workshops and small reflective practice groups. All staff teaching on the course are research active in their field of interest and you'll have access to the extensive facilities within the Department of Psychology and the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). For individuals who do not wish to complete the MSc, a postgraduate certificate in Forensic Mental Health will be offered.

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 (SOCAMRU) 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.

International students in psychology can also access additional language and study skills support, as well as help in acclimatising, via our own International Student Support Officer.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis through:

  • coursework
  • essays
  • literature reviews
  • oral presentations
  • professional reports.

You will 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.

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 2014 Research Excellence Framework results.

Careers and employability

Your future career in forensic mental health

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:

  • Deputy charge nurse
  • Mental health support worker
  • Criminal justice worker.

*Data extracted from the Nottingham Trent University Graduate Destinations Database 2009-10 to 2013-14

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

Indeed, your qualification in Forensic Mental Health is likely to be popular with a whole range of potential employers because, in addition to possessing in-depth theoretical knowledge of a range of mental health and forensic issues, you will also have demonstrated an ability to write essays and reports and to talk and present in front of other people (amongst other transferable skills). You will also be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be independent, ethical and culturally sensitive in your future application of psychology.

Careers and job application advice is available to all our postgraduate students and is provided on a one-to-one basis by a subject specialist within the Department, supported by the university-wide careers service. We're very proud of the achievements of our many graduates and look forward to helping you graduate to a successful career.

Facilities

As a psychology student you will benefit from our dedicated learning environment. We have specialist research laboratories including eye trackers, motion capture labs and an £80,000 EEG system. These facilities support staff research as well as student projects in the exciting areas of human cognition, behavioural neuroscience, human interaction and communication, and human development.

You will also have easy access to fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:

  • Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms;
  • Open access PCs and secure wireless points;
  • Study areas and social spaces;
  • Chaucer cafe serving drinks and light snacks;
  • Our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

If you are unsure of your status and / or would like an informal discussion with the Course Leader, please contact us.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

International students in psychology can also access additional language and study skills support, as well as help in acclimatising, via our own International Student Support Officer.

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