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Forensic Mental Health

18 months
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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.  


The Master of Forensic Mental Health program at Griffith University is delivered in collaboration with Queensland Health's Forensic Mental Health Service to provide postgraduate professional training for current or future forensic mental health practitioners, including nurses, psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists. 

It also provides an extension to undergraduate degrees in nursing, applied science, criminology and criminal justice, and applied psychology. 

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:

  • Forensic Mental Health Legislation and Policies 
  • Quantitative Social Research
  • Qualitative Social Research
  • Interventions and Recovery in Forensic Mental Heal  
  • Interventions for Offenders  
  • Special Needs in Forensic Mental Health

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS Provider - 00233E  

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).

Tuition Fee

  • Standard open learning unit fees will apply. Contact Open Universities Australia (OUA) for details. 


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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