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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary


This programme is currently the only master’s level qualification delivered in Scotland specialising in forensic mental health.

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.

The course consists of core modules set within a framework of interrelated themes that focus on the assessment, treatment, and management of patients within a forensic mental health context.

Throughout this programme you will study topics including:

  • Mental disorder and the law
  • Forensic risk assessment and risk management
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Managing mental health through the criminal justice system
  • Problem behaviours
  • Forensic treatments and interventions
  • Research for health and social care

Course Highlights

Our MSc has input from the School of Forensic Mental Health (part of the Forensic Mental Health Managed Care Network in Scotland). The 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.

The programme offers a unique opportunity to advance your knowledge and enhance your skills.

It is suitable for professionals with backgrounds in nursing, social care, psychology, occupational therapy, psychiatry, criminal justice, and security.

Career Prospects

Graduates will be equipped with the confidence to excel in any forensic mental health setting. They will be ideally placed to apply for senior clinical roles and management positions in various settings including the community, secure hospitals, and prisons. You will also gain PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.

Tuition fees

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University information

University of the West of Scotland

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  • Campus address

    University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, High Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 2BE, Scotland

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