Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health



Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course p re-requisites

A person may enrol for the Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health if that person:

  • has qualified for an appropriate Bachelor degree at this or another University in a discipline deemed suitable by the Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition; or

  • has successfully completed the requirements of the Graduate Certificate of Forensic Mental Health; or

  • has alternative qualifications approved by the faculty on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition.

Additional selection requirements

Special admission requirements

English Language Requirements

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Additional completion requirements

Course Structure

Core Subjects

NS5201:03 Research: Theory and Methodology

NS5360:03 Issues in Forensic Mental Health 1

NS5361:03 The Law, Social Policy and the Mentally Ill Offender

NS5362:03 Issues in Forensic Mental Health 2

NS5363:03 Forensic Psychopathology and Psychotherapy 1

NS5364:03 Forensic Psychopathology and Psychotherapy 2

NS5365:03 Ethical Considerations in Forensic Mental Health

NS5366:03 Practice Development Project


Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)



Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 10 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 6 credit points of advanced standing may be granted for previous studies, provided those subjects have not been credited towards any other award, either at this or any other University.

A maximum of 12 credit points of advanced standing may be granted for recognition of prior learning

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Forensic Mental Health

Course articulation

Not applicable

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