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Forensic Mental Health

University of the West of Scotland

36 months
2070 GBP/year
1610 GBP/year
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Forensic Mental Health degree offered at the University of the West of Scotland is currently the only Masters-level qualification delivered in Scotland, specialising in forensic mental health.


Forensic Mental Health degree offered at the University of the West of Scotland  a unique opportunity to advance your knowledge and enhance your skills. 

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.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mental Disorder and the Law 
  • Forensic Risk Assessment and Risk Management
  • Drugs and Alcohol 
  • Managing Mental Health through the Criminal Justice System

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International- The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    2070 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2070 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    1610 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1610 GBP per year during 36 months.

For Scottish students, cost of study per year is 1,000£

Cost is per 20-credit module of study  


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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