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Forensic Mental Health, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Online
The aim of the Master of Forensic Mental Health program at Griffith University is to provide advanced training to enhance and develop specialist skills and knowledge in students, to assist them to work more effectively with the forensic mental health population.
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The Master of Forensic Mental Health program at Griffith University is designed around four aspects of forensic mental health practice - assessment, intervention, management and research methods, which comprise the core components of the program. Students can further specialise through elective courses that focus either on broader aspects of the criminal justice system and law, recovery and rehabilitation, understanding of crime and crime prevention and suicidology. The target audience for this program are professionals who work with the forensic mental health population. Students will leave the program with an understanding of research-based knowledge in forensic mental health and how it is applied in practice.

Career opportunities

The program is intended for mental health professionals working in (or intending to work in) the forensic mental health field. In addition to health departments specifically catering to forensic patients, the program may be relevant to professionals in related areas such as corrections, families departments and disability services.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mental Disorder and Crime
  • Risk Assessment and Management in Forensic Mental Health
  • Ethics and Accountability
  • Interdisciplinary Professional Ethics
  • Making Sense of the Criminal Justice System
  • Quantitative Skills for Criminologists
  • Interventions for Offenders
  • Advanced Assessment and Management in Forensic Mental Health

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Average part-time duration 30 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: distinction


Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Forensic Mental Health, a student must:

  • hold a three-year bachelor degree in a related field (Psychology, Nursing, Criminology, Social Work or other mental health-related discipline) from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on a 7-point scale)
  • OR hold a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on a 7-point scale).

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee


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