Forensic Mental Health
Duration & study mode
typically 3-5 years part-time
Health & Life Sciences
Course starting dates
Fully online: September
Our MSc Forensic Mental health is currently the only Masters-level qualification delivered in Scotland, specialising in forensic mental health.
It offers a unique opportunity to advance your knowledge and enhance your skills. Our MSc has input from the School of Forensic Mental Health* (part of the Forensic Mental Health Managed Care Network in Scotland) by experienced clinicians through development of our course materials. This collaborative nature of the partnership closes the theory-practice gap and brings a fresh and current perspective to the programme in addition to a wealth of practical experience.
Graduates will be equipped with the confidence to excel in any forensic mental health setting. The programme is designed for those who are currently, or who are looking to be employed in a forensic setting—such as a secure hospital, community based service for mentally disordered offenders, the Scottish Prison Service or Police Scotland. It is suitable for professionals with backgrounds in nursing, social care, psychology, occupational therapy, psychiatry, criminal justice and security.
* School of Forensic Mental Health was established in November 2007. Hosted by The Forensic Network, the School is available to colleagues and associates from across Scotland to assist with teaching, training and research needs in forensic mental health.
This MSc offers graduates the opportunity to pursue their career in forensic mental health.
Those completing the programme will be equipped to apply for senior clinical roles and/or senior management positions in various settings including the community, secure hospitals and/or prisons.
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate & Post-experience Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
You should normally hold an appropriate undergraduate degree in a health (but not exclusively) related field.
Your application may still be considered if do not hold a degree if you can demonstrate sufficient professional or practice based experience relating to your area of study, for example, two years’ experience working in a mental health or forensic mental health context where you are required to provide written reports.
Applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient professional or practice based experience to undertake their chosen study, for example, two years' experience working in a mental health or forensic mental health context where they are required to provide written reports.
A progression route also exists from the short module Forensic mental Health run at New College Lanarkshire, Motherwell Campus and from the Graduate Certificate in Personality Disorder course at UWS. To be considered through this route, you must have a pass rate in excess of 60%.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
Our innovative approach to learning and teaching ensures students benefit from the latest thinking and best practice. The course is delivered online by a combination of experienced forensic clinicians and academic staff.
The course is assessed using a range of different methods including: essay, case study, annotated bibliography, presentation, reflective diaries, treatment plan and peer review.
There is an expectation that the MSc can typically be completed within three (up to a maximum of five) years.
In order to complete the course modules it is recommended that one day a week is required to fulfil study requirements. Please contact us for more information.
The course consists of core modules set within a framework of interrelated themes, that is, assessment, treatment and management of patients within a forensic mental health context.
For the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) Forensic Mental Health (60 credits), students must undertake the following core modules:
Successful completion of the PgCert allows you to proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) which consists of the additional following core modules:
Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's module:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
£790 per module (20 credits)
£790 per module (20 credits)
£790 per module (20 credits)
£820 per module (20 credits)
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You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.
Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.
For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.
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Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.
Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
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EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.
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All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.
The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.
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Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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