Master of Forensic Mental Health - 2018

Course summary

Course summary - 2018

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 11 units to complete

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This course is designed in collaboration with the Queensland Health Department's School of Mental Health to provide postgraduate professional training for current or future forensic mental health practitioners (eg. nurses, psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists). The course also provides a postgraduate extension to undergraduate programs in Nursing, Applied Science, Criminology and Criminal Justice and also Applied Psychology. This course is aimed at producing graduates who are qualified and professionally recognised forensic mental health specialists and who are able to practise the profession at an advanced level.

On completion of the course students will have:

  • A working understanding of policies and legislation relevant to the administration of forensic mental health
  • Knowledge of the history of thinking, policy and practice with respect to forensic mental health, and be able to critically apply that knowledge to contemporary problems in forensic mental health services
  • Knowledge of professional ethics and systems of accountability, particularly as these relate to the delivery of forensic mental health services
  • Achieved competencies in applied risk assessment and risk management of forensic mental health patients
  • Achieved competencies in the clinical assessment, treatment and management of forensic mental health patients

Graduates of this Masters Degree (Coursework) will have:

  • a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in forensic mental health.
  • knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to forensic mental health.

Graduates of this Masters Degree (Coursework) will have:

  • cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on forensic mental health theory and professional practice
  • cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex forensic mental health problems, concepts and theories and to apply established relevant theories to different bodies of knowledge or operational practice in forensic mental health services.
  • cognitive and technical skills to generate and evaluate complex contemporary forensic mental health ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to key stakeholder groups in the forensic mental health field.
  • technical and communication skills to theorise, design, analyse and evaluate about evidence-based policies that contribute to forensic mental health practice

Application of Knowledge and Skills
Graduates of this Masters Degree (Coursework) will demonstrate the application of knowledge & skills:

  • (with initiative) to new situations in professional forensic mental health practice and/or for further learning
  • high level personal autonomy and accountability
  • to plan and execute a substantial research-based project

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Forensic Mental Health course, a student must hold:

  • a three-year Bachelor degree in a related field (Psychology, Nursing, Criminology, Social Work or other mental health-related discipline)from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on a 7-point scale)
  • OR a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on a 7-point scale).

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 7.0 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.5
  • OR a minimum score of 580 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 92 (no score less than 22)
  • OR no score less than 4 in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR an overall score of 68 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with a minimum of 60 in all Communicative Skills.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Students who successfully complete the following program will progress directly to their Griffith degree program:

Griffith Academic English Direct Entry Program

The above requirements are HIGHER than those stipulated in University policy. Applicants should refer to the English language requirements section of the following policy for further information:

Postgraduate Qualifications (AQF Level 8 & 9) Policy

To be eligible for the award of Master of Forensic Mental Health (MForMentH), a student must acquire 120 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 90 credit points for the core units and
  • gain 30 credit points for elective units
  • the maximum period for completing this program is 5 years.
Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Advanced Assessment & Management in Forensic Mental Health
CCJ714 GRF Sess 1 - -
Interventions and Recovery in Forensic Mental Health (previously CCJ741)
CCJ7501 GRF Sess 1 - -
Forensic Mental Health Legislation and Policies
CCJ711 GRF Sess 1 - -
Minority Populations in Forensic Mental Health
CCJ715 GRF - Sess 2 -
Research and Evaluation Methods (Previously Research, Evaluation and Policy Analysis)
CCJ722 GRF - Sess 2 -
Interventions with Offenders
CCJ730 GRF - Sess 2 -
Individual Project
CCJ7472 GRF Sess 1 Sess 2 -

1 Previously CCJ741
2 This is a double unit.

Complete 1 unit from the following 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Quantitative Skills for Criminologists (Previously Quantitative Social Research)
CCJ736 GRF Sess 1 - -
Qualitative Skills for Criminologists (Previously Qualitative Social Research)
CCJ737 GRF Sess 1 - -

Although you are only required to complete one of the above units as a core unit, you can choose to complete the other as an elective.

Complete 3 units from the following 9 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Crime Analysis and Investigation
CCJ724 GRF Sess 1 - -
Crime Mapping
CCJ732 GRF - Sess 2 -
Intelligence Led Policing
CCJ733 GRF - Sess 2 -
Advanced Criminological Theories
CCJ744 GRF Sess 1 - -
Planned Change in Criminal Justice
CCJ746 GRF - Sess 2 -
Justice and Crime
CCJ740 GRF - Sess 2 -
Law and Behaviour
CCJ707 GRF Sess 1 - -
Mental Disorder and Crime
CCJ713 GRF Sess 1 - -
Developmental Crime Prevention
CCJ723 GRF - Sess 2 -

Griffith University may award credit for prior learning. Students can apply to gain credit for prior learning at the postgraduate level by lodging a credit transfer application form. For further information and a copy of the form, please contact Griffith University.

When you have completed your final session of study, OUA students should notify Griffith University of their intention to graduate with the award of Master of Forensic Mental Health. Please contact Griffith (OUA) Services on

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

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