Forensic Mental Health Research is for psychiatrists or graduates in psychology, neuroscience, mental health nursing or similar disciplines. Develops necessary skills for scientific work on aetiology and effective treatment of mentally disordered offenders. Exceptional opportunities for research training with teaching from a distinguished multidisciplinary team. Ideal step towards a PhD.
- Exceptional opportunities for clinical and research training with teaching from a distinguished multidisciplinary team.
- Strong emphasis on evidence-based practice and developing the critical skills to evaluate new research.
- Students come from a stimulating range of professional and academic disciplines.
Students have used the MSc as evidence of professional development and commitment in applying for promotion posts (eg moving from SpR to consultant, becoming a Nurse Consultant) or training posts in clinical or forensic psychology. Other students have moved on to posts in academic research.
Dr Nigel Blackwood
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Denmark Hill Campus.
Year of entry 2013
Institute of Psychiatry
Final deadline: 28th June 2013 but some offers will be made earlier in the year to strong research-oriented applicants.
No set number. No preference between PT and FT applicants.
PT Home: £3,950
PT Overseas: £N/A
FT Home: £7,900
FT Overseas: £22,000
MSc Co-ordinator, tel 020 7848 0624.
Designed for individuals with degrees in health related disciplines (e.g. medicine, psychology, neuroscience, mental health nursing). Aims to develop studentsí analytical and research skills so they can pursue scientific work on the aetiology and
effective treatment of mentally disordered offenders. We expect this MSc to provide an ideal first step towards a PhD.
The programme aims to provide students with the knowledge and advanced skills necessary to conduct research that will contribute to the identification of the causes of antisocial behaviour among persons with mental disorders, to the development of effective treatments for reducing antisocial and/or criminal behaviours and to the development of programmes to prevent these behaviours in children and adolescents at risk for mental disorders.
Core programme content
Indicative non-core content
- Associations between mental disorders and antisocial and criminal behaviours
- Research Methodology & Statistics
Optional modules (subject to availability).
30 credit modules, open to all students:
- Risk management, treatment and services for mentally disordered persons
- Mental Health Law
- Criminal Justice Mental Health
- Developmental disorders.
30 credit module, open to suitably qualified and experienced clinicians only:
- Structured Professional Risk Assessment and Management.
15 credit modules, open to all students:
- Psychology of the Legal & Investigative Process
- Introduction to Forensic Psychology Practice.
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Assessment is by essays, a written examination, critical appraisal, poster presentation and a dissertation.
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
Minimum 2:1 UK degree/overseas equivalent.
APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.
Applications from non-EU students: we aim to process these as soon as possible after receipt. of all information required.
Applications from EU students: some offers will be made in the spring and summer; remaining places will be offered in early July. Applicants may be telephoned, or invited for an informal interview, to explore points arising from the application, and also to ensure that applicants have a clear picture of what would be involved in taking this programme.
No application can be considered until full details of academic and (where relevant) employment history are received, including transcripts. We require two academic references. It is essential for applicants to ensure that they will have adequate time available to attend teaching and undertake the considerable amount of private study required to complete the programme successfully. Applicants will be asked to confirm this before places can be offered.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
We expect applicants to provide us with sufficient information in the sections on education, employment details and personal statement to provide us with evidence that they have the necessary experience and academic background to cope with this very demanding programme.
Most applicants are self-funded. Some overseas applicants have been successful in obtaining government funding or international scholarships. Part-time applicants are sometimes able to secure full or partial funding from employers using CPD budgets.
Forensic Mental Health Research MSc
I chose to do the Forensic Mental Health Research course as it allowed me to combine both mental health and forensics, two topics I have been particularly interested in since my undergraduate degree. I enjoyed completing the dissertation in my first degree which helped me decide to follow the research pathway of the course.
For me, the best thing about the course is the variety of modules available and the lecturers and guest lecturers who all come from different disciplines. It feels like you are being taught by the experts in each area.
At the IoP you have the opportunity to attend many worthwhile events both within and outside the Institute, including guest lectures, conferences and training workshops. It gives you the opportunity to meet people from different disciplines and learn so much more around the subject. Another thing I really like about being a student here is that there is so much research going on; it is exciting to be a part of it.
After I gradaute I would like to work as a research assistant and maybe one day complete a PhD.