Taught course

Advanced Practice in Forensic Mental Health

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (minimum Lower Second) or equivalent from a recognised institution and an approved and relevant professional experience, which the University accepts as qualifying the candidate for entry. International students must have an equivalent classification.

Relevant research or professional experience may be acceptable in place of an academic qualification or first degree. Applicants who fail to meet the required entry criteria will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on the PGCert or PGDip.

English language

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

IELTS - minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing

TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

You must be employed within the healthcare sector. This is required for you to complete certain aspects of the course. You must seek this employment independently and should not apply until you have secured it.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Course overview

  • Put your knowledge and experience of mental healthcare into practice in a forensic setting.
  • Study at a university ranked 9th in the UK for medicine and 7th for psychology (QS World University Rankings 2017).
  • Learn from leading authorities in forensic mental health, including affiliated staff who are experts in forensic and related mental health issues.
  • Choose from full-time and part-time study options to suit your current working circumstances.

Fees and funding


The University of Manchester has a number of bursaries aimed at removing barriers to masters study for students. Find out if you are eligible.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)161 306 7604