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Funded Module: Forensic Mental Health: Managing Mental Health through the CJS

Funded Masters Module in Forensic Mental Health


This module examines the possible routes people with mental health problems take as they come into contact with criminal justice services and its processes and procedures.  Starting at the point of arrest or first detention, the module will examine each stage of contact a person with mental health problems can have: examining the interviewing and questioning procedures, court attendance and its associated processes, diversion opportunities, committal to custody, and finally support on release from custody back the community.  While much of the focus will be on those who have committed an offence, an examination of how people with mental health problems who are victims or witnesses of offences engage with criminal justice services will also be explored.

This module forms part of our MSc Forensic Mental Health programme.   More information about the full programme can be found here.

This is a Masters Level (SCQF 11) module and upon successful completion of this module, delegates will be awarded 10 credits.


Course Delivery and Assessment

This module will be delivered online through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and workshops. Delegates will be required to access course materials using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Course content will also be accessible online for a short time after the module has been delivered, allowing delegates to revisit aspects of teaching.  A detailed timetable for the module will be available prior to course commencement.

Delegates will be required to submit a written report for assessment, discussing key topics that will be explored throughout the module.  More information on the assessment will be given to delegates at the beginning of the course.

Funding Opportunities

Funding for this module may be available via the UWS Upskilling Fund.  The UWS Upskilling Fund is a budget for delivering training to Scottish industry sectors, provided and moderated by the Scottish Funding Council.  To receive this funding, delegates must reside in Scotland or work for an organisation operating (with a business address) in Scotland.  If you are successful in obtaining funding a registration fee of £50 will apply only (the full module fee is £930) and you will be provided with a discount code to use at check-out upon application.

If you would like to find out more about this course, Upskilling Fund eligibility or register your interest, please get in touch with our dedicated CPD team at


Ideally, delegates will hold an appropriate Ordinary Bachelor's Degree in a health (but not exclusively) related field.  Alternatively, delegates will be considered for this programme if they are able to demonstrate extensive professional or practice-based experience relating to their area of study, for example, two years’ experience working in a mental health or forensic mental health context.

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