Taught course

Mental Health and Law

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry · Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first degree in a related subject and/or a professional qualification and have worked in the relevant subject area for at least one year. We wish to include people from diverse backgrounds and career pathways especially people working in the independent and voluntary sector and NHS. International applicants Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc is ideal for those interested in interdisciplinary and organisational advances in mental health care services. The programme addresses those who work to represent the rights and dignity of mental health patients and to ensure high standards of competencies for individuals in contact with the criminal justice and mental health system. The MSc promotes understanding of the clinical, legal and ethical issues that arise in mental health treatment and facilitates exchange about public mental health. This MSc will provide you with up-to-date and practical knowledge of critical issues at the interface of mental health and law. Topics for the MSc include:

  • Capacity and the patient's wishes
  • Harm prevention and care
  • Psychological processes in gathering and giving evidence
  • International human rights law and mental health
  • Conducting research in legal and clinical practice
  • Advanced mental health assessment

This programme will be jointly run by the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Department of Law at Queen Mary.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Yasmin Khatib
020 7882 2060