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Global Mental Health MSc



This is a joint programme run by King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, providing a 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 Closed

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); Vanessa Frederick, Teaching Programme Manager, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience


Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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. 


Application procedure

Applications for the 2016/17 intake are now closed

Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £40 applies. 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 July 2016 for 2016 entry. 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.

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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 of 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)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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