University of the West of Scotland

Postgraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 30/04/2019 18:06:45

Named Award Title:MSc Forensic Mental Health

Award Title for Each Award: MSc  Forensic Mental Health
PG Cert  Forensic Mental Health
PG Dip  Forensic Mental Health

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:
Maximum Period of Registration:
Mode of Study:Part Time
Campus:Distance/Online Learning

School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Programme Leader:Helen Walker

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

Appropriate Undergraduate Qualification
Standard entry: Applicants should normally possess an appropriate undergraduate degree in a health related field.
Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Admission is permitted with relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning. This will be in accordance with the University of the West of Scotland Regulatory Framework.
Non standard entry: Applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient professional or practice based experience to undertake their chosen study, for example, two years experience working in a mental health or forensic mental health context where they are required to provide written reports.
A potential progression route exists from the Short Forensic Module at New College Lanarkshire, Motherwell Campus and from the Graduate Certificate in Personality Disorder course at UWS. The one condition of students being accepted via these routes is a pass rate in excess of 60%.


Further desirable skills pre-application

For International students who do not have English as their first language, an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6 or above (5.5 in each component) is acceptable as evidence of proficiency in English. The English language test should be current, that is, passed no more than 2 years prior to the date of admission onto the programme. A more extensive list of UWS accepted language qualifications is available at: http://www.uws.ac.uk/english-language/.


General Overview

The MSc Forensic Mental Health programme is focussed on improving the knowledge and skills of practitioners, for example: nurses; doctors; allied health professionals; social workers; people working in criminal justice; police officers and prison officers, across forensic mental health services. The programme is designed for use by people working in the NHS, private and voluntary sectors, in addition to Scottish Prison Service and Scottish Police Service.

This programme will be delivered as a part time distance learning/on-line programme (within timescales noted in The Regulatory Framework). The programme consists of core modules set within a framework of interrelated themes, that is, assessment, treatment and management of patients within a forensic mental health context.

For the award of Pg Certificate in Forensic Mental Health (60 credits), students must undertake:

  • Mental Disorder and the Law (20 credits); Forensic Risk Assessment and Risk Management (20 credits); Drugs and Alcohol (10 credits); and Managing Mental Health through the Criminal Justice System (10 credits).

For the award of Pg Diploma in Forensic Mental Health (120 credits), students must successfully complete the Pg Certificate in Forensic Mental Health and further undertake:

  • Problem Behaviours (30 credits); Forensic Treatments and Interventions (10 credits); and Research for Health and Social Care (20 credits).

In order to progress to MSc Forensic Mental Health (180 credits), students must have normally, in addition to the requirements of the Regulatory Framework, progressed to the MSc Dissertation (HLS) .

The module descriptors at SCQF level 11 (SCQF, 2012) have been used to outline a framework for the MSc Forensic Mental Health programme. Being guided by QAA Scotland's 'Facets of Mastersness' (QAA Scotland., 2013) the educational focus of the programme is on students building on existing knowledge and skills in order that they continue to develop both academically, personally and professionally. This supports the concept of lifelong and career long learning, which stresses that learning is a continuous process of development, supported by meaningful study, reflection on personal and professional experiences and shared learning.

Students from this programme will have the capacity to understand the systems and processes forensic patients pass through and promote improved delivery of care and treatment for this population across forensic mental health services.

Full discussion of pathways of further study will be enabled through the use of the student’s Personal Development Plan / or suitable alternative processes, in collaboration with their Manager in their own setting. The programme will also endeavour to encourage student exposure to Level 12 study options, for example, Doctoral Level study.

Teaching and Learning

The UWS Education Enabling Plan (2014-20) supports a variety of teaching and learning approaches within the programme and thus facilitate the development of cognitive skills that enhance professional practice and development. To enhance student success, the programme will provide stimulating and transformative learning within a flexible and personalised curriculum which offers a selection of relevant core modules. It will only be delivered by distance learning.

Student activities will include online discussions, problem based-learning, tutorials and independent study that will involve considering different world views and looking at real-life, real-world problems. This provides a student centred approach to learning and can assist in making learning effective. In addition, the learning associated with the use of these activities may contribute to students’ employability skills which will be transferrable and beneficial to the world of work. The assessment strategy will ensure there are multiple points to access formative and summative feedback to enable students to feedforward to improve their academic skills as the module and programme progresses.

Module descriptors are all available to students via the UWS public website Programme Specifications and Module Descriptors (PSMD) link, which can be viewed at: http://psmd.uws.ac.uk/. Modules within the suite available have  presentations with voiceovers, interactive exercises and links to additional study materials, all of which are designed to stimulate student learning. Students are encouraged to engage with the emerging elements of the UWS Corporate Strategy (2014-2020) including the Research & Enterprise Enabling Plan. They will also be encouraged to work toward involvement in the University's Annual Research Conference.


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

UWS Graduate Attributes aim to prepare graduates who will be Universal, Work ready and Successful. Therefore through studying the MSc Forensic Mental Health programme at UWS, students will develop attributes across three dimensions which encapsulate the breadth of the learning experience at University level, i.e., Academic; Personal; and Professional. Therefore within the context of ‘Forensic Mental Health’ this programme develops graduates with new knowledge and skills to be able to effectively work with Mentally Disordered Offenders.  In addition, it ensures they are able to critically reflect on issues, be able to decide on appropriate assessments / interventions -based on sound evidence- and are well prepared for more advanced roles within their respective organisations.

 

 

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

Whilst this programme has no opportunities for work-based learning, it is anticipated that the assessment strategy will allow students to contextualise learning to current and / or future professional employment within the field of Forensic Mental Health. The focus is predominantly on a theoretical masters, but there are examples of skills based practice throughout the programme.

Engagement and Attendance

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

Equality and Diversity


The University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure can be accessed at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. PG Cert
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Critically understand the concepts and principles of mental disorder and the relationship to offending.
A2Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theory and practice of risk assessment and risk management of forensic patients.
A3Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of criminal justice systems engagement with people with mental health problems.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Demonstrate a critical understanding of homicide inquiries.
B2Apply critical knowledge of violence risk assessment, sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking risk assessments.
B3Examine the knowledge and skills required by a range of professionals in the review of patient care.
B4Draw conclusions from comparisons of national and international criminal justice services.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Using a range of advanced skills including academic writing and referencing skills, analysis and interpretation of complex information and the use of appropriate ICT skills to aid dissemination of information.
C2Demonstrate knowledge of effective communication skills required for the subject area, including effective use ICT and numeric skills to present and disseminate information.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Apply critical knowledge of civil and criminal legislation and processes.
D2Demonstrate critical awareness of ethical issues linked to mental health legislation.
D3Apply critical knowledge of current literature and practice within one's own domain of work to make informed judgements of best practice.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Apply a critical understanding of the roles and contributions of a range of professionals in risk assessment and risk management initiatives.
E2Demonstrate considerable, autonomy and initiative in all professional activities.
E3Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with, and take responsibility, for one and others work.
E4Demonstrate leadership in transformational activity.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11NURS11135Drugs and Alcohol10check mark  
11NURS11136Forensic Risk Assessment and Risk Management20 check mark 
11NURS11138Managing Mental Health through the CJS10 check mark 
11NURS11139Mental Disorder and the Law20check mark  

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

Successful completion of four core modules from year one or 40 credits from year one and at least 20 from year two (excluding research Health and Social Care)is required for the award of Post Graduate Certificate Forensic Mental Health.


B. PG Dip
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary theory, principles and concepts in relation to research design and methods.
A2Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories and principles of personality disorder, sexual and violent behaviours in forensic mental health services.
A3Extensive and critical knowledge of some specialized areas of treatment for forensic patients.
A4Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories and principles of treatments and interventions within forensic mental health settings.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Relate key components of research design and methods principles to one’s own domain of work.
B2Apply critical knowledge to clinical situations, for example at multi-disciplinary team reviews.
B3Demonstrate an understanding of the main research paradigms and evaluate their appropriate use and limitations.
B4Plan and execute the analysis and presentation of the findings of a case study.
B5Use of a range of skills and techniques as appropriate to the discipline.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Make effective use of information retrieval systems and use information technology applications.
C2Evaluate a range of appropriate methods and tools to facilitate appropriate quantitative or qualitative data collection and analysis.
C3Demonstrate skills of critical thinking and writing.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Develop creative and original responses to presenting problems and issues in relation to ethical principles and research governance.
D2Critically reflect upon and appraise complex situations to make informed judgements that underpin the effective design of research projects to enhance organisational decisions.
D3Critically analyse the links between diagnoses and treatment and management approaches.
D4Utilise a wide range of software to support and enhance a robust study for example I.T. facilities, library, databases and Moodle to locate, retrieve, evaluate and incorporate evidence into practice.
D5Critically evaluate a wide range of numerical and graphical data.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in academic activities.
E2Demonstrate leadership in relation to generating a vision for research in the work setting.
E3Work in ways that are reflective, critical and analytical to facilitate and enhance research and effective clinical developments, taking responsibility for own work.
E4Deal with complex ethical issues related to research in primary care settings.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11NURS11137Forensic Treatments and Interventions10 check mark 
11NURS11140Problem Behaviours30check mark  
11MIDW11003Research for Health & Social Care20 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

Successful completion of three core modules (Problem Behaviours, Forensic Treatments and Interventions and Research for Health and Social Care) in addition to the four core modules identified earlier under Pg Certificate Forensic Mental Health (total 120 credits), are required for the award of Post Graduate Diploma Forensic Mental Health).

Distinction will be awarded in line with UWS Regulatory Framework.
In order to progress to MSc Forensic Mental Health, students should achieve 120 credits before they progress to the MSc Dissertation (HLS).

Should the student fail to achieve 120 credits - after all attempts have been made - they can exit with a Post Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health if at least 60 credits have been achieved across the whole programme - excluding the Research Health and Social Care Module.


C. Masters
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary theory, principles and concepts in relation to systematic review of the literature and/or research design.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Relate key components of research design and methods principles to one’s own domain of work.
B2Demonstrate creativity in the application of theoretical concepts to enhance an evidence-base for work or practice within the primary care contexts.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Select and apply appropriate methods and tools to facilitate appropriate quantitative or qualitative data collection and analysis.
C2Design the presentation of information for dissemination across appropriate levels and areas of the professional audience and organisational contexts.
C3Synthesise work into a well-designed dissertation document.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Critically reflect upon and appraise complex situations to make informed judgements that underpin the effective design of research projects to enhance organisational decisions.
D2Demonstrate creativity in the application of theoretical concepts to enhance an evidence-base for work or practice within the health and social care contexts.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Demonstrate leadership in relation to generating a vision for research in the work setting, engagement of self and others in contributing to research, and the promotion of professional excellence and effectiveness in the primary care context.
E2Work in ways that are reflective, critical and analytical to facilitate and enhance research and effective clinical developments.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11NURS11010MSc Dissertation (HLS)60check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Students undertaking the MSc Dissertation (HLS) will engage with the on-line materials. It is a significant component of the MSc programme and develops and encourages the student to pursue under supervision, a sustained programme of individual autonomous work related to the field of forensic mental health culminating in the development of a robust research protocol.

Research Protocol
The protocol will be presented within a word limit of 13,500 words. An academic supervisor will support the student in defining their search strategy, developing and identifying a research question and identify, critically appraise, select and synthesize quality empirical literature relevant to that question.

Only one submission diet is permitted for this module, as per University Regulations. The dissertation will normally take no longer than two years to complete.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Award

On successful completion of the Research MSc Dissertation (HLS), the student will be awarded MSc Forensic Mental Health.
Distinction will be awarded in line with UWS Regulatory Framework.


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework .

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.



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