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Global Mental Health MSc

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About this course

The Global Mental Health MSc is jointly run by King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, providing a unique programme of study for students who wish to gain a solid understanding of the issues around the fast-moving discipline of global mental health. You will acquire the knowledge and skills required to initiate, develop and implement policies in low resource settings as well as conduct and critically evaluate research. Our programme constitutes an excellent preparation for careers in policy, research and work in international agencies.


Key benefits

  • Wide range of modules available.
  • Teaching and supervision delivered by leading researchers from the Centre for Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neroscience (IoPPN) and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
  • Welcomes applications from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, including: clinicians, researchers, development workers and 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 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

Further details

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

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

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

DepartmentHealth Service & Population Research Department



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Course detail


Our Global Mental Health programme is designed for students who wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of the issues surrounding the new discipline of global mental health. It 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.

You will acquire the relevant 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. Our course is an excellent preparation for careers in national mental health policy, research and international agencies.

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Course format and assessment

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Students will be expected to attend classes  3-4  days per week as well as using 1-2 days for self-study depending on the term.


Year 1

Required Modules
    Students on this course are required to take: 
  • Fundamentals in Global Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (15 credits)

  • Principles of Psychiatric Research & Psychiatric Epidemiology (30 credits)

  • Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes (15 credits)

  • Theory to Practice in Global Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Introduction to Clinical Psychiatry (0 credit)

  • Global Mental Health Dissertation (45 credits)


Optional Modules

In addition, you will take 45 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Applied Statistical Methods in Psychiatric Epidemiology (15 credits)

  • Measurement in Mental Health (15 credits)

  • Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)

  • Social Psychiatry: Theory, Research and Methods (15 credits)

  • Systematic Reviews in Mental Health (0 credits)

  • Mental Health Economic Evaluation (15credit)

  • Conflict and Health (15 credits, LSHTM )

  • Drug, Alcohol, Tobacco Use and Public Health (15 credits, LSHTM )

  • Health Care Evaluation (15 credits LSHTM, )

  • Health Promotion Approaches and Methods (15 credits, LSHTM)

  • Health Systems (15 credits, LSHTM)

  • Qualitative Methodologies (15 credits, LSHTM)

  • Epidemiology of non-communicable diseases 15 credits, (LSHTM)

  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health (15 credits , LSHTM)

  • Social Epidemiology (15 credits , LSHTM)

  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (15 credits , LSHTM)

  • Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (15 credits , LSHTM)

  • Research Design and Analysis (15 credits , LSHTM)

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 must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 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

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £10,680 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £26,100 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


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 UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

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



Up to four full Janssen Pharmaceutica Scholarships will be awarded to successful applicants.  A strong preference will be given to applicants who are from or who work in low- and middle-income countries. Deadline for applications is 28 February 2017. See more at: 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our graduates 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.

Career destinations

Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of organisations including: 

  • World Health Organisation (WHO)

  • South London & Maudsley Hospital (SLaM) 

  • Princeton University

  • Lagos State University 

  • Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital: Yaba Lagos Nigeria 

  • Japan International Cooperation Agency 


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