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Queen Mary University of London

London , England ,United Kingdom

MSc in Forensic Mental Health (with ELFT)

The MSc in Forensic Mental Health will provide a new generation of clinicians and researchers with the skills needed to work safely, ethically and effectively with offenders who pose a risk to others due to their mental disorder. Through a combination of taught classes with a psychosocial focus and practical, placement-based learning, it will provide students with an opportunity to learn both as students, but also as active staff participants in the forensic mental health system.

This Master’s degree will be delivered in partnership with the East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT). ELFT provides extensive clinical forensic services to over 300 individuals in North and East London. They have provided accredited training in forensic mental health and working with offenders to London Probation Services and the Department of Health.

The structure of the Master's degree will, therefore, draw on the strengths of QMUL is a world-renowned provider of teaching and research expertise to offer students a state-of-the-art summary of forensic mental healthcare; together with clinical placements and supervision provided by ELFT, a recognised centre of excellence in the delivery of forensic care to one of the world's most complex and diverse populations, with an annual income of over £300million. Please note that not all placements are with ELFT.

Different from other taught postgraduate programs in the field, the course will offer students a distinctive psychosocial focus that will inform not just the theoretical material but also the practice-based learning. This approach recognizes that all individuals come from a particular environment, which will inform their early development as well as their relationships in later life. As well as providing a framework for safe and therapeutic work with offenders, the psychosocial approach can help those on the course to reflect on their own experiences and practice in a way that is directly linked to further developing their skills as clinicians, researchers, and leaders in the field.

The course is aimed at those seeking to broaden their experience of forensic settings and gain a formal qualification in forensic mental health, as well as students from other science or social science backgrounds who may wish to go on to conduct high-quality research in the field.

Students will learn about the legal, ethical and theoretical frameworks underpinning forensic mental health services; to apply these principles with a supervised clinical placement, and to reflect on this placement. They will learn the skills necessary work as part of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) within a forensic setting, and how to work in partnership with other organizations and pathways relevant to forensic mental health, such as the criminal justice system, probation services, and local authorities. Students will also produce an original thesis, which can be oriented towards clinical or research knowledge, and will be encouraged to publish and disseminate this work.


  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

More Information Required 
20 Days
Possible Interview Call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer 
25 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Careers support 

The services we offer to support your career development include:

  • one-to-one appointments to help you with your career direction, give feedback on job applications, offer insight into the job market and prepare you for interviews
  • workshops to support your career development and job hunting
  • employer events attracting recruiters and alumni from a rich range of sectors
  • support for finding internships and parttime jobs
  • specialist careers consultants to support PhD students through appointments, events and workshops.

Support for international students

  • We offer a programme of support for international students throughout the year, which involves talks on how to find graduate work in the UK and an International Students Week featuring external speakers.
  • Students can search for jobs across the world with our international jobs database, as well as browse our guides on getting work in particular markets.
  • All students have access to a rich programme of employer events and career development workshops, running across the University year. 

Support after graduation

Our careers support continues after you leave Queen Mary.

  • All graduates have access to our Careers and Enterprise services for two years after graduation.
  • You can have -
    free one-to-one appointments in person, over the phone or via Skype
    Attend our employer events
    use our online psychometric testing and mock-interview software
    access our jobs board – over 3,000 employers uploaded vacancies in 2018/19.

Queen Mary graduates have gone on to work in these organisations:

• Accenture • Allen & Overy • Arup • AstraZeneca • Baker McKenzie • Barts Health NHS Trust • European Central Bank • Fintech Innovation Lab • Google • HSBC • IBM • Institute of Cancer Research • Institute of Dentistry • J.P. Morgan • Jaguar Land Rover • Lloyds Banking Group • Natural History Museum • Penguin • PwC • Queen Mary • Save the Children • Shell • Stella McCartney • Thales • Thomson Reuters • World Economic Forum ...and many more!

Careers success

93% of our postgraduates are in work and/or study six months after graduation. 84% of those in work/study are in highly skilled work/study (most recent DLHE Survey of 16/17 leavers)* 

Enterprise support

Many students and graduates across Queen Mary start or grow their own business or social venture each year. In 2018/19, Queen Mary gave out £45,000 in seed funding to help students start new, or grow existing businesse

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 Years PSW is applicable after the course completing (Bachelors level or above).


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Degree requirements

  • A good 2:2 or above at undergraduate level in Psychology or a related discipline.


We normally consider the following qualifications for entry to our postgraduate taught programmes: Bachelor Degree (minimum 3 years) from selected institutions.

  • UK 1st class degree: 70% to 80%
  • UK 2:1 degree: 60% to 70%
  • UK 2:2 degree: 50% to 60%

Offer conditions will vary depending on the institution you are applying from.  For some institutions/degrees we will ask for different grades to above, so this is only a guide.  

Additional information

Offers are made on the basis of application and interview. You must be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of the forensic psychologist and psychological research skills as part of the application form/selection and interview process.