The Graduate Diploma in Forensic Mental Health offers training in forensic mental health, and criminal, civil, child and family forensic specialities.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Medicine and Health
Delivery Mode
Fully online
Award
Graduate Diploma in Forensic Mental Health
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
0.8 Year(s)

There is a rapidly growing need for a skilled workforce in forensic mental health in NSW. The criminal aspects of forensic mental health services are largely provided for by NSW Justice Health, and the development of new facilities will require additional suitably qualified staff for the foreseeable future. Forensic psychiatry private practice provides further opportunities for practitioners.

The Graduate Diploma in Forensic Mental Health offers you comprehensive training in forensic mental health, covering the theoretical and practical aspects of criminal, civil, child and family forensic mental health sub-specialities. The program aims to provide specialised levels of expertise in the clinical and legal aspects of Law and Forensic Mental Health to an emerging skilled multidisciplinary workforce. It draws upon the existing body of leading expertise in law, medicine and nursing, and the rich clinical resources of the Justice Health Long Bay Matraville complex which includes the high secure Forensic Hospital. The program is entirely online, through video lectures, forums and activities.

Why study at UNSW?

With this program, you will develop your skills in the field of forensic mental health. Mental health professionals will choose this program to broaden their career opportunities into the forensic mental health field. It is undertaken on a part-time basis over 1.5 years and is taught by distance delivery.

 

Program Code
5512
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
36
Indicative Enrolments
N/A

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An undergraduate degree in health, law, psychology or criminology and honours/postgraduate qualifications in one of those disciplines or 2 years professional experience in health, law, psychology or criminology.

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

An undergraduate degree in health, law, psychology or criminology and honours/postgraduate qualifications in one of those disciplines or 2 years professional experience in health, law, psychology or criminology.

Pathway programs

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Full program structure

Potential careers

  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

How to apply

Ready to apply?

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$22,080*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$22,080*

There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

Fees are subject to annual review by the university and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year you enrol in, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$23,580*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$23,580*

Fees are subject to annual review by the university and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year you enrol in, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

 

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Yvette Black
"The learning resources and lectures provide up-to-date insights into forensic mental health practice and I found that really interesting, as it was so applicable to situations at work."

Yvette Black

Occupational Therapist

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