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Forensic Mental Health MSc

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Forensic Mental Health course is designed for students with a clinical or academic interest in the complex relationship between mental disorders and criminal behaviour. You will be taught by a multi-disciplinary team of clinical academics. The course constitutes an ideal first step towards clinical psychology training, a PhD or MD degree.

Key benefits

  • Focus on the neuroscientific understanding of the development of prosocial and antisocial behaviours across the lifespan
  • Critically examine forensic practice across the criminal justice system, including prisons, secure forensic hospital settings, and community services
  • Develop the skills required to critically evaluate new research and to establish evidence-based clinical services
  • Build an inter-disciplinary understanding of this complex field

Our course aims to equip you with the knowledge and advanced skills necessary for a career that will involve clinical and/or research work with mentally disordered offenders. You will develop an understanding of key neuroscientific advances in the field, and engage in a critically informed review of forensic services and the criminal justice system. There is an emphasis throughout on the clinical relevance of research findings. You will be required to choose one of two pathways. This means that the combination of modules chosen will lead to a qualification which reflects your chosen focus of study. There are specific entry criteria for each pathway. The two pathways are: • Clinical Forensic Psychology (full-time only) • Forensic Mental Health Research. Students on the Clinical Forensic Psychology pathway will undertake a 60-day (minimum) clinical forensic placement working at the level of an assistant clinical psychologist and complete a module on Forensic Psychology Practice. Students on the Forensic Mental Health Research pathway will complete additional research methods training and can also benefit from a 10-day voluntary clinical observation period in a forensic setting. “The IoPPN is the main postgraduate research and education centre in this field, in the UK. Because we explore psychology, psychiatry and neuropsychiatry, students develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the area” Dr Nigel Blackwood, Course Leader

Base campus

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Format

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Prosocial and antisocial behaviours across the lifespan

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3 hours) | Self-study time (117 hours)

Specialist forensic services: assessment, treatment and development

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3 hours) | Self-study time (117 hours)

Research Methodology and Statistics A

Lectures (44 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Self-study time (96 hours)

Research Methodology and Statistics 

Lectures (85 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (12 hours) | Self-study time (203 hours)

Forensic mental health practice in the criminal justice system: legal and investigative processes

Lectures (35 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3 hours) | Self-study time (117 hours)

Forensic Psychology Practice in Context (Clinical Forensic Psychology pathway only)

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Placement Hours ( 420) | Self-study time (135 hours)

Dissertation Clinical Forensic Psychology

Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Self-study time (592 hours)

Dissertation Forensic Mental Health

Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Self-study time (592 hours)

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

 

Teaching

You’ll be taught by clinicians who split their time between King’s and running specialist services in the community. They might work with sexual offenders, in prisons, or at threat services monitoring risk to politicians.

At King’s, not only are we building knowledge in the field, we’re also discovering innovative ways to apply research to clinical practice. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the skills to make an impact in the area that interests you.

Assessment

    Structure

    Required modules

    You will be required to choose one of two pathways. This means that the combination of modules chosen will lead to a qualification which reflects your chosen focus of study. There are specific entry criteria for each pathway. The two pathways are: Clinical Forensic Psychology (full-time only) Forensic Mental Health Research Students on the Clinical Forensic Psychology pathway will undertake a 60-day (minimum) clinical forensic placement working at the level of an assistant clinical psychologist and complete a module on Forensic Psychology Practice. Students on the Forensic Mental Health Research pathway will complete additional research methods training and can also benefit from a 10-day voluntary clinical observation period in a forensic setting. We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment

    Clinical Forensic Psychology

    Prosocial & Antisocial Behaviours Across the Lifespan (15 credits)
    Specialist Forensic Services: Assessment, Treatment & Development (15 credits)
    Research Methodology & Statistics A (15 credits)
    Forensic Mental Health Practice in the Criminal Justice System: Legal & Investigative Processes (15 credits)
    Forensic Psychology Practice in context (60 credits)
    Dissertation Clinical Forensic Psychology (60 credits)

    Forensic Mental Health Research

    Prosocial & Antisocial Behaviours Across the Lifespan (30 credits)
    Specialist Forensic Services: Assessment, Treatment & Development (30 credits)
    Forensic Mental Health Practice in the Criminal Justice System: Legal & Investigative Processes (30 credits)
    Research Methodology & Statistics (30 credits)
    Dissertation Forensic Mental Health (60 credits)

    Optional modules

    There are no optional modules for this course.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    • PhD programmes
    • Forensic or clinical psychology training
    • Research assistants or assistant psychologists
    • Expert forensic clinicians
    • Police graduate schemes

    Career destinations

    King’s graduates have gone on to work in a variety of organisations including: 

    • St Mungo's Broadway

    • The Priory Hospital 

    • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust 

    • Metropolitan Police Service 

    • Edgware Community Hospital 

    • West London Mental Health NHS Trust 

    • Early Intervention Service NHS

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £7,035 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £32,940 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £16,470 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
    • Library fees and fines 
    • Personal photocopies
    • Printing course handouts
    • Society membership fees 
    • Stationery 
    • Graduation costs
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses and to placements/clinical observations (some placements extend beyond London)
    • DBS Check (Psychology Pathway only)

    Funding

    Our course aims to equip you with the knowledge and advanced skills necessary for a career that will involve clinical and/or research work with mentally disordered offenders. You will develop an understanding of key neuroscientific advances in the field, and engage in a critically informed review of forensic services and the criminal justice system. There is an emphasis throughout on the clinical relevance of research findings. You will be required to choose one of two pathways. This means that the combination of modules chosen will lead to a qualification which reflects your chosen focus of study. There are specific entry criteria for each pathway. The two pathways are: • Clinical Forensic Psychology (full-time only) • Forensic Mental Health Research. Students on the Clinical Forensic Psychology pathway will undertake a 60-day (minimum) clinical forensic placement working at the level of an assistant clinical psychologist and complete a module on Forensic Psychology Practice. Students on the Forensic Mental Health Research pathway will complete additional research methods training and can also benefit from a 10-day voluntary clinical observation period in a forensic setting. “The IoPPN is the main postgraduate research and education centre in this field, in the UK. Because we explore psychology, psychiatry and neuropsychiatry, students develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the area” Dr Nigel Blackwood, Course Leader

    Base campus

    NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
    Denmark Hill Campus

    Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    Format

    You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

    Prosocial and antisocial behaviours across the lifespan

    Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3 hours) | Self-study time (117 hours)

    Specialist forensic services: assessment, treatment and development

    Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3 hours) | Self-study time (117 hours)

    Research Methodology and Statistics A

    Lectures (44 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Self-study time (96 hours)

    Research Methodology and Statistics 

    Lectures (85 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (12 hours) | Self-study time (203 hours)

    Forensic mental health practice in the criminal justice system: legal and investigative processes

    Lectures (35 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (3 hours) | Self-study time (117 hours)

    Forensic Psychology Practice in Context (Clinical Forensic Psychology pathway only)

    Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Placement Hours ( 420) | Self-study time (135 hours)

    Dissertation Clinical Forensic Psychology

    Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Self-study time (592 hours)

    Dissertation Forensic Mental Health

    Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Self-study time (592 hours)

    Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

     

    Teaching

    You’ll be taught by clinicians who split their time between King’s and running specialist services in the community. They might work with sexual offenders, in prisons, or at threat services monitoring risk to politicians.

    At King’s, not only are we building knowledge in the field, we’re also discovering innovative ways to apply research to clinical practice. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the skills to make an impact in the area that interests you.

    Assessment

      Structure

      Required modules

      You will be required to choose one of two pathways. This means that the combination of modules chosen will lead to a qualification which reflects your chosen focus of study. There are specific entry criteria for each pathway. The two pathways are: Clinical Forensic Psychology (full-time only) Forensic Mental Health Research Students on the Clinical Forensic Psychology pathway will undertake a 60-day (minimum) clinical forensic placement working at the level of an assistant clinical psychologist and complete a module on Forensic Psychology Practice. Students on the Forensic Mental Health Research pathway will complete additional research methods training and can also benefit from a 10-day voluntary clinical observation period in a forensic setting. We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment

      Clinical Forensic Psychology

      Prosocial & Antisocial Behaviours Across the Lifespan (15 credits)
      Specialist Forensic Services: Assessment, Treatment & Development (15 credits)
      Research Methodology & Statistics A (15 credits)
      Forensic Mental Health Practice in the Criminal Justice System: Legal & Investigative Processes (15 credits)
      Forensic Psychology Practice in context (60 credits)
      Dissertation Clinical Forensic Psychology (60 credits)

      Forensic Mental Health Research

      Prosocial & Antisocial Behaviours Across the Lifespan (30 credits)
      Specialist Forensic Services: Assessment, Treatment & Development (30 credits)
      Forensic Mental Health Practice in the Criminal Justice System: Legal & Investigative Processes (30 credits)
      Research Methodology & Statistics (30 credits)
      Dissertation Forensic Mental Health (60 credits)

      Optional modules

      There are no optional modules for this course.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      • PhD programmes
      • Forensic or clinical psychology training
      • Research assistants or assistant psychologists
      • Expert forensic clinicians
      • Police graduate schemes

      Career destinations

      King’s graduates have gone on to work in a variety of organisations including: 

      • St Mungo's Broadway

      • The Priory Hospital 

      • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust 

      • Metropolitan Police Service 

      • Edgware Community Hospital 

      • West London Mental Health NHS Trust 

      • Early Intervention Service NHS

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £7,035 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £32,940 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £16,470 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
      • Library fees and fines 
      • Personal photocopies
      • Printing course handouts
      • Society membership fees 
      • Stationery 
      • Graduation costs
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses and to placements/clinical observations (some placements extend beyond London)
      • DBS Check (Psychology Pathway only)

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