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Forensic Mental Health

University of the West of Scotland

36 months
13325 GBP/year
6500 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. Our MSc has input from the School of Forensic Mental Health* (part of the Forensic Mental Health Managed Care Network in Scotland) by experienced clinicians through development of our course materials. This 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.

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


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


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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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

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  • International

    13325 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13325 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    6500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6500 GBP per year during 36 months.

Rest of Uk (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)/ Republic of Ireland

  • £10,765 Cost of Study


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