Taught course

Forensic Psychology and Mental Health

The University of Manchester · School of Medicine

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, but enrolment will only be on the Diploma in the first instance.

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. This would include settings such as:

Secure hospitals
Ministry of justice
The courts
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 course will be run on a part-time modular basis with four modules per year for the first two years. 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
Dual Diagnosis
Teaching sessions will be prepared and presented by leading authorities in the field of forensic mental health. The School of Community-Based 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 and Dr Jane Senior.

There will be an initial induction block. Following this, the programme requires one day per week dedicated time during term-time, which will involve regular 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.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of a University-approved qualification in English Language or achieve a level of no less than 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


part time
21 months

Course contact details

School of Medicine
+44 (0)161 306 7912