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MSc Advanced Practice in Forensic Mental Health at The University of Manchester
MSc Advanced Practice in Forensic Mental Health
Explore the relationships between mental disorders and criminal behaviour through our skills-based course.

MSc Advanced Practice in Forensic Mental Health / Overview

Year of entry: 2018

Degree awarded
MSc 1year FT/3years PT, PGDip 9 months/2years PT
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Lower Second) or equivalent from a recognised institution and approved and relevant professional experience, which the University accepts as qualifying the candidate for entry.

For graduates without an approved professional qualification, we require an undergraduate degree (minimum Lower Second) in Psychology or an allied discipline such as social science, nursing, health related practice, or law or other recognised equivalent qualification.

The course also provides an ideal foundation for those who may wish to prepare for PhD study. Relevant research or professional experience may be acceptable in place of an academic qualification, but enrolment will only be on the PGDip in the first instance.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
20 places
How to apply

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully. All supporting documents, including the Employer Support Form  (Word, 90KB), should be uploaded with the online application form. 

See the Application and selection section for full details of the supporting documents that we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. The formal deadline is the end of July. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • Put your knowledge and experience of mental healthcare into practice in a forensic setting.
  • Study at a university ranked 9th in the UK for medicine and 7th for psychology (QS World University Rankings 2017).
  • Learn from leading authorities in forensic mental health, including affiliated staff who are experts in forensic and related mental health issues.
  • Choose from full-time and part-time study options to suit your current working circumstances.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our  upcoming open days .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,750
    International students (per annum): £22,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1 £3,900; Year 2 £3,900; Year 3 £1,950
    International students (per annum): Year 1 £8,800; Year 2 £8,800; Year 3 £4,400
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,900
    International students (per annum): £8,800

Additional expenses

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of AP(E)L Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning. The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a PGCert, 45 credits to a PGDip and 60 credits to a master's.

If your AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and then the administrative charge is applied.


The University of Manchester has a number of bursaries aimed at removing barriers to masters study for students. Find out if you are eligible.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)161 306 7604
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health