Entry requirements

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. English language requirements for international students can be found at www.ntu.ac.uk/international

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Why choose this course?
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 master's 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 setting. The Programme Team consists of forensic 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 Nottingham Trent University.

Modules may include:

  • Theory and Application to Mental Health
  • Contemporary Issues in Mental Health
  • Explanations of Crime, Criminal Behaviour and Victimology
  • Research and Professional Skills
  • Specialist Psychology Essay
  • Clinical Research Methods
  • Research Project / Dissertation.

For more information about the modules you may study, please visit our course page.

Study and Support

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

All staff teaching on the course are research-active in their field of interest and students will have access to the extensive facilities within the Division 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.

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.

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 you 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.

Information for international students

As an international school, we are committed to enhancing our cultural and intellectual diversity. We therefore like to encourage applications from students across the world who feel we can offer them the educational opportunities they are seeking at postgraduate level.

Fees and funding

The School of Social Sciences is delighted to announce the availability of a number of competitive Scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses. To find out more visit www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
+44 (0) 115 848 4460