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 Certificate in Forensic Mental Health offers you training in forensic mental health, covering the theoretical and practical aspects of criminal, civil, child and family forensic mental health sub-speciality. 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.

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Why choose this degree?

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 year and is taught by distance delivery.Â

Who should choose this degree?

This degree is designed for mental health professionals including medical practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists. The program is also open for members of the legal profession, corrections, police and criminologists. 

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Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social work

Entry requirements

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.

How 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 with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*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 to enrol, 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 below.

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