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Funded Module: Forensic Risk Assessment and Risk Management

Funded Masters Module in Forensic Mental Health


This module will allow delegates to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of and an ability to appraise the different approaches associated with risk assessment and risk management within the field of forensic mental health.  Additionally, delegates will have developed the skills to carry out various risk assessments under supervision, they will also be capable of employing a number of risk management strategies and be able to report these competently.


Risk assessment tools are explored and delegates will discuss the many changes and developments that have occurred over the years.  Other topics covered in this module include: approaches to risk assessment and structured professional judgement; SPJ tools: HCR-20, SARA, RSVP, SAM, SAPROV; Formulation and risk management.


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 30 credits.


Course Delivery and Assessment

This module will be delivered entirely online through a combination of self-paced study and live sessions with UWS teaching staff.  Course materials will be accessible via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and the 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 are required to complete a reflective log which will form the basis of assessment for this module.  More details surrounding the assessment methods will be given to students 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 £75 will apply only (the full module fee is £1395) 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 sufficient 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 where you are required to provide written reports.

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