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 Masters 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. - 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 mental health 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 NTU, which includes active researchers currently engaged in collaborative work with: -

  • HM Prison Service
  • National Health Service (NHS)
  • High Secure Hospitals
  • Police Service.

A supportive and active research environment

Throughout the course, you will benefit from research-informed teaching. You may be interested in finding out about our Addiction and Aberrant Behaviours and Wellbeing research groups and the Emergency Services Research Unit. Psychology at NTU has an established international research reputation and is one of the top risers in the REF 2014 research rankings.

The 2014 Assessment also showed:

  • 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014.
  • 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world-leading.

Our research impact and output is the highest of any UK psychology department with an equivalent research environment.

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 recognized 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 entry requirements. Contact us for more information.

Fees and funding

For more information about fees and possible funding opportunities visit

Your future career in forensic mental health

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 Ph.D.). Psychology graduates with BPS G.B.R. status may also be interested in this course if they are considering doctoral study towards a career as a clinical or counseling psychologist. Indeed, your qualification in Forensic Mental Health is likely to be popular with a whole range of potential employers because, in addition to possessing in-depth theoretical knowledge of a range of mental health and forensic issues, you will also have demonstrated an ability to write essays and reports and to talk and present in front of other people (amongst other transferable skills). You will also be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be independent, ethical and culturally sensitive in your future application of psychology.

Program taught in:

See 2 more programs offered by Nottingham Trent University School of Social Sciences »

Last updated May 3, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
1 - 2 years
By locations
By date
Start Date
End Date
Application deadline
Application deadline
End Date