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  • Objectives
    This Masters degree is aimed at students who are currently employed in/or who desire to be employed in, a forensic setting, for example:

    prisons; secure hospitals; Ministry of Justice; Police Force; courts.

    The programme is designed to provide students with a combination of applied and research skills core to work in a forensic setting.

    The Programme Team consists of forensic practitioners and academics who each have considerable experience working within a range of forensic contexts in the UK and USA. The MSc is aligned with the Sexual Crimes and Misconduct Research Unit (SOCAMRU) at NTU, which includes active researchers currently engaged in collaborative work with HM Prison Service; the NHS; High Secure Hospitals; the Police Service and the FBI.
  • Entry requirements
    You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.2) in Psychology or an allied discipline such as social science, nursing, or law or other recognised equivalent qualification.

    Applicants without such qualifications will be considered but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences would enable them to study this course at HE M Level in their Personal Statement.

    English language requirements for international students are the IELTS 6.5 (min writing score 6.0) or TOEFL 560 (min writing score 5)/TOEFL iBT 83 (min writing score 24).
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  • Course description

    MSc Forensic Mental Health course content

    During this postgraduate course students will study selected modules specially designed to impart theoretical knowledge, research and practical skills.

    Modules include:

    • Core Mental Health Theory
    • Explanations of Crime, Criminal Behaviour and Victimology
    • Contemporary Issues in Mental Health
    • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis
    • Advanced Mental Health Theory
    • Assessment, Formulation and Treatment of Offenders and Victims
    • Research Project / Theoretical Dissertation
    • Research and Professional Skills OR Advanced Experimentation and Statistics or Psychometrics.

    Study and Support
    The course is delivered through lectures, interactive workshops, small-group teaching and individual project supervision. You'll be expected to engage in independent study and will have access to the facilities within the department and the University's virtual learning environment.  

    The taught programme is supported by a team of approachable staff and will be delivered through lectures, workshops and small reflective practice groups. Assessments will be diverse in format and will include examinations; essays; oral presentations; professional reports; and a research project. All staff teaching on the course are research-active in their field of interest and students will have access to the extensive facilities within the Division of Psychology and the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). For individuals who do not wish to complete the MSc, a postgraduate certificate in Forensic Mental Health will be offered.

    Psychology resources and facilities 
    The University has made significant financial investment in the Psychology Division over recent years upgrading accommodation, facilities and equipment used exclusively for the provision of our psychology courses and for research. We have a state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching laboratory suite opened in 2006, and a further phase of development, opened in 2007, includes a second teaching laboratory specifically catering for postgraduate students.

    In addition there are specialist suites dedicated to particular areas of interest in psychology, including:

    • social interaction, group work and interviewing
    • computer gaming and cyberpsychology
    • eye-tracking
    • cognitive modelling and visual analysis 
    • psychophysiology. 

    Alongside these are new flexible cubicles for student project work, a psychometric test bank library, and a technical workshop.

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