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Global Mental Health MSc



Provides unique programme of study for students wishing to gain a sound understanding of the issues around the new discipline of Global Mental Health research. Enables students to gain knowledge and skills required to initiate, develop and implement policies in low resource settings and to conduct and critically evaluate research. Excellent preparation for careers in policy, research and work in international agencies.

Key benefits

  • Foundation modules in principles of psychiatric research, statistics for epidemiology, scaling up services and research and evidence into practice: applying the principles of Global Mental Health, followed by elective modules selected from over twenty available.

  • Teaching and supervision delivered by leading researchers from the Centre for Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neruoscience (IoPPN) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

  • Welcomes applications from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, including: clinicians, researchers, development workers, those working in policy and planning.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 25

Course leaders Dr Souci Frissa (King's College London); Dr Alex Cohen (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

Course contact for further information Vanessa Frederick, Teaching Programme Manager, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience +44(0)20 7848 0493

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Health Service & Population Research Department


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

At least an upper second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a registerable qualification in medicine, appropriate to the programme. A background in a mental health-related field is desirable but not essential. Applications with an appropriate technical qualification or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas are also welcomed. Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. They should contact the programme leader who can advise on their eligibility to apply. 

EU/International students need to meet English Language Requirements: 7.0 overall for IELTS, with at least 7.0 for written English and at least 6.0 for the other skills.

Application procedure

An application fee of £40 applies (non-refundable). Selection is generally made on the basis of application and references. Your application will be assessed by two academics. You are welcome to contact the Programme Leader to arrange a site visit.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please ensure you pay careful attention to the content of your personal statement. We do not normally invite applicants for interview and so the clarity and relevance of the information you provide in your personal statement is of considerable importance to us. In particular, we would like you to describe your academic background and any relevant clinical or research interests, your reasons for applying to our particular postgraduate programme and what you hope to gain from the training we offer, and how you intend to use the knowledge and skills you acquire to further your clinical or research ambitions.

Please upload your personal statement (word limit: 1000) during online application. If your personal statement does not exceed 4000 character spaces, you may also copy and paste in the space provided for ease of reference.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


Provides a unique programme of study for students wanting to gain a comprehensive understanding of the issues encompassed by the new discipline of Global Mental Health research. Enables students to gain knowledge and skills required to initiate, develop and implement policies in low resource settings and to conduct and critically evaluate research on Global Mental Health. Excellent preparation for careers in national mental health policy, research and international agencies.

Course purpose

The programme will suit students from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds, including clinicians, researchers, development workers, policy makers and service planners looking to work in low resource settings. We aim to train future leaders in mental health.

Course format and assessment

A combination of lectures, group tutorials and discussions, classroom and computer-based practicals, student presentations, and practical workshops. Assessment includes formative exercises, coursework assignments, unseen examinations and a dissertation project.


  • Required Modules

    • Fundamentals of Global Mental Health

    • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health

    • Principles of Psychiatric Research & Psychiatric Epidemiology

    • Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes

    • Scaling up Packages o£9,960f Care for Mental Disorders

    Optional Modules

    • Conflict and Health

    • Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Use and Public Health

    • Economic Evaluation

    • Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights

    • Globalisation and Health

    • Health Care Evaluation

    • Health Promotion Approaches and Methods

    • Health Systems

    • Measurement in Mental Health

    • Mental Health Economic Evaluation

    • Primary Health Care: Principles, Applications and Challenges

    • Qualitative Research Methods

    • Reviewing the Literature

    • Social Psychiatry: Theory, Research and Methods

    • Sociological Approaches to Health

    • Advanced Statistical Methods in Psychiatric Epidemiology

    • Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal

    • Systematic Reviews in Mental Health

    • Research on Stigma and Discrimination

    • Women's Mental Health Research


Career prospects

Graduates of this course will be well equipped to enter careers in national mental health policy and planning, epidemiological and mental health services research, and advisory and advocacy roles in government, international agencies and non-governmental organisations.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,960 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£24,750 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,980 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£12,375 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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