Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Forensic Mental Health

Delivered jointly by GCU and the School of Forensic Mental Health, this 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, Scottish Prison Service or the Scottish Police Service. It is suitable for professionals with backgrounds in nursing, social care, psychology, psychiatry and security, and allied health professionals.

Entry requirements

Familiarity with forensic settings and access to a forensic population is required. A first degree in a relevant subject is desirable but not essential. Students whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Course modules

The programme has been designed to be flexible. Students can opt to study the specialist forensic mental health modules individually for CPD purposes or as part of the Master's pathway with the potential to graduate with a postgraduate certificate, diploma or Master's degree (dissertation required). Modules include: Mental disorder and the law and treatment and interventions for mentally disordered offenders; problem behaviours in forensic mental health; evaluating evidence to develop research and inform practice; risk assessment and risk management; Master's dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Annotated bibliographies and self-reflection diaries (40 per cent); 1,500-word essay (20 per cent); participation in multi-disciplinary meeting (10 per cent); 2,500-word case study (30 per cent); dissertation if undertaking the MSc.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 875 per Module (home fees) 3 years
MSc Part-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
MSc Part-time £ 875 per Module (rest of UK fees (Scottish courses)) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow G4 0BA Scotland

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