LL4K7      Half Unit
Mental Health Law: The Criminal Context

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Jill Peay NAB6.11


This course is available on the MSc in Criminal Justice Policy, Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 30 students.

Course content

This course aims to integrate a practical and theoretical understanding of mental health law, as it relates to mentally disordered offenders. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive understanding of the detail of the relevant law in England and Wales, but rather aims at broader conceptual understanding of the problem areas that are likely to bedevil law relating to mentally disordered offenders across many jurisdictions. The course makes reference to both the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Criminal Justice Act 2003.


22 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

There will be a reading week in week 6. Summer term is a review and revision session.

Formative coursework

One 2,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

J. Peay (2011) Mental Health and Crime, Routledge. P Bartlett & R Sandland, (2014) Mental Health Law. Policy and Practice, Oxford University Press.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the main exam period.

Two-hour unseen examination in ST (100%).

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2015/16: 21

Average class size 2015/16: 21

Controlled access 2015/16: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills