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Global Mental Health MSc

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Global Mental Health MSc is jointly run by King's College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, providing a unique course of study for students who wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of the issues surrounding the discipline of global mental health. You will acquire the knowledge and skills required to design, implement and evaluate mental health programmes in low resource settings as well as learning how to conduct and critically evaluate research. Our course 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 & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
  • Welcomes applications from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, including: clinicians, researchers, development workers and those working in policy and planning.

Across the world, and especially in low and middle-income countries, most people who have mental health problems are not supported by trained professionals, or able to access evidence-based treatments. Global mental health is about changing that situation – investigating the needs of people in different settings and formulating the most locally appropriate and feasible way to better support them. You will learn how to develop policies, systems, services and clinical interventions as well as epidemiological and other research methods used to evaluate services and interventions. The course will prepare you for work in the governmental and non-governmental sectors, as a policy advisor, global mental health researcher or clinical academic. We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. “We have quite a diverse student body; people who come straight from undergraduate study in the social science, some from a clinical background and some with a medical or scientific background. The course caters for this diverse audience.” - Dr Rosie Mayston

Base campus

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, the clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Introduction to Global Mental Health (LSHTM)

Lectures (55 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (95 hours)

Evidence synthesis in global mental health (IoPPN)

Lectures (35 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (100 hours)

Statistics for Epidemiology & Public Health (LSHTM)

Lectures (70 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (80 hours)

Epidemiology for Mental Health Research (IoPPN)

Lectures (35 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (100 hours)

Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes (LSHTM)

Lectures (59 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (6 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (85 hours)

Theory to Practice in Global Mental Health (IoPPN)

Lectures (34 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (26 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (90 hours)

Global Mental Health Dissertation (IoPPN & LSHTM)

Seminars / Tutorials (3 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (447 hours)

Applied Statistical Methods in Psychiatric Epidemiology (IoPPN)

Lectures (26 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (2 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (122 hours)

Mental Health Economic Evaluation (IoPPN)

Lectures (27 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (115 hours)

Qualitative Research Methods & Practice (IoPPN)

Lectures (28 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (114 hours)

Social Psychiatry: Theory, Research & Methods (IoPPN)

Lectures (28 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (114 hours)

Conflict & Health (LSHTM)

Lectures (37 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (113 hours)

Health Promotion Approaches & Methods (LSHTM)

Lectures (27 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (123 hours)

Health Systems (LSHTM)

Lectures (32 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (118 hours)

Epidemiology of Non-communicable Diseases (LSHTM)

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (35 hours) |Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (85 hours)

Social Epidemiology (LSHTM)

Lectures (40 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (110 hours)

Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (LSHTM)

Lectures (38.5 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (111.5 hours)

Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (LSHTM)

Lectures (37 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (113 hours)

Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs (LSHTM)

Lectures (35 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (115 hours)

Health Care Evaluation (LSHTM)

Lectures (22 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (128 hours)

Qualitative Methodologies (LSHTM)

Lectures (30 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (120 hours)

Medical Anthropology and Public Health (LSHTM)

Lectures (40 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (110 hours)

Research Design and Analysis (LSHTM)

Lectures (34 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (116 hours)

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks.

Teaching

All our teaching staff are active researchers so you’ll have access to the latest knowledge in the subject. Many also come from a clinical background, so their experience helps inform your classes.

Teaching and support is split between King’s and LSHTM. This means you’ll get one seamless course with access to two universities worth of expertise behind it.

 

Assessment

    The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations, coursework and individual/ projects. The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.

    For students who have obtained sufficient credit and are hence due an award, degree classifications either Pass, Merit or Distinction are determined using the MSc Award Scheme

    Degree Classification

    Grades from modules, exams and the project are combined to calculate a degree GPA. The degree GPA will be weighted as follows:

    • 30% from the examined core component modules from all terms
    • 40% from assessed term 2 and 3 modules
    • 30% from the project.

    Degree GPA scores of 4.3 or above constitute distinctions, and any in the range 4.15 to 4.3 will be considered by the Exam Board for the potential award of a distinction.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totaling 180 credits. You are required to take

    Fundamentals of Global Mental Health 1 (15 credits, LSHTM)
    Evidence synthesis in global mental health (15 credits)
    Statistics for Epidemiology & Public Health (15 credits, LSHTM)
    Epidemiology for Mental Health Research (15 credits)
    Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes (15 credits, LSHTM)
    Theory to Practice in Global Mental Health (15 credits)
    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)
    Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
    Social Psychiatry: Theory, Research & Methods (15 credits)
    Mental Health Economic Evaluation (15 credits)
    Conflict & Health (15 credits, LSHTM)
    Health Promotion Approaches & Methods (15 credits, LSHTM)
    Health Systems (15 credits, LSHTM)
    Epidemiology of Non-communicable Diseases (15 credits, LSHTM)
    Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (15 credits, LSHTM)
    Social Epidemiology (15 credits, LSHTM)
    Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (15 credits, LSHTM)
    Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs (15 credits, LSHTM)
    Health Care Evaluation (15 credits, LSHTM)
    Qualitative Methodologies (15 credits, LSHTM)
    Medical Anthropology and Public Health (15 credits, LSHTM)
    Research Design & Analysis (15 credits, LSHTM)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    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

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: N/A

    International:

    Full time: £32,940 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: N/A

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

    Deposit

    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 deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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.

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

    Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

    Applicants from eligible developing Commonwealth Countries who are applying to start in September 2019 may wish to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS). The CSSS covers full tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, airfare to and from the UK, and an additional thesis grant and a travel allowance. Further information about the scholarship and eligibility criteria can be found here.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

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

    Funding

    Across the world, and especially in low and middle-income countries, most people who have mental health problems are not supported by trained professionals, or able to access evidence-based treatments. Global mental health is about changing that situation – investigating the needs of people in different settings and formulating the most locally appropriate and feasible way to better support them. You will learn how to develop policies, systems, services and clinical interventions as well as epidemiological and other research methods used to evaluate services and interventions. The course will prepare you for work in the governmental and non-governmental sectors, as a policy advisor, global mental health researcher or clinical academic. We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. “We have quite a diverse student body; people who come straight from undergraduate study in the social science, some from a clinical background and some with a medical or scientific background. The course caters for this diverse audience.” - Dr Rosie Mayston

    Base campus

    NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
    Denmark Hill Campus

    Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, the clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    Introduction to Global Mental Health (LSHTM)

    Lectures (55 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (95 hours)

    Evidence synthesis in global mental health (IoPPN)

    Lectures (35 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (100 hours)

    Statistics for Epidemiology & Public Health (LSHTM)

    Lectures (70 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (80 hours)

    Epidemiology for Mental Health Research (IoPPN)

    Lectures (35 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (100 hours)

    Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes (LSHTM)

    Lectures (59 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (6 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (85 hours)

    Theory to Practice in Global Mental Health (IoPPN)

    Lectures (34 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (26 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (90 hours)

    Global Mental Health Dissertation (IoPPN & LSHTM)

    Seminars / Tutorials (3 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (447 hours)

    Applied Statistical Methods in Psychiatric Epidemiology (IoPPN)

    Lectures (26 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (2 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (122 hours)

    Mental Health Economic Evaluation (IoPPN)

    Lectures (27 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (115 hours)

    Qualitative Research Methods & Practice (IoPPN)

    Lectures (28 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (114 hours)

    Social Psychiatry: Theory, Research & Methods (IoPPN)

    Lectures (28 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (114 hours)

    Conflict & Health (LSHTM)

    Lectures (37 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (113 hours)

    Health Promotion Approaches & Methods (LSHTM)

    Lectures (27 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (123 hours)

    Health Systems (LSHTM)

    Lectures (32 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (118 hours)

    Epidemiology of Non-communicable Diseases (LSHTM)

    Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (35 hours) |Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (85 hours)

    Social Epidemiology (LSHTM)

    Lectures (40 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (110 hours)

    Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (LSHTM)

    Lectures (38.5 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (111.5 hours)

    Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (LSHTM)

    Lectures (37 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (113 hours)

    Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs (LSHTM)

    Lectures (35 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (115 hours)

    Health Care Evaluation (LSHTM)

    Lectures (22 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (128 hours)

    Qualitative Methodologies (LSHTM)

    Lectures (30 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (120 hours)

    Medical Anthropology and Public Health (LSHTM)

    Lectures (40 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (110 hours)

    Research Design and Analysis (LSHTM)

    Lectures (34 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning/Self-study time (116 hours)

    Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks.

    Teaching

    All our teaching staff are active researchers so you’ll have access to the latest knowledge in the subject. Many also come from a clinical background, so their experience helps inform your classes.

    Teaching and support is split between King’s and LSHTM. This means you’ll get one seamless course with access to two universities worth of expertise behind it.

     

    Assessment

      The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations, coursework and individual/ projects. The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.

      For students who have obtained sufficient credit and are hence due an award, degree classifications either Pass, Merit or Distinction are determined using the MSc Award Scheme

      Degree Classification

      Grades from modules, exams and the project are combined to calculate a degree GPA. The degree GPA will be weighted as follows:

      • 30% from the examined core component modules from all terms
      • 40% from assessed term 2 and 3 modules
      • 30% from the project.

      Degree GPA scores of 4.3 or above constitute distinctions, and any in the range 4.15 to 4.3 will be considered by the Exam Board for the potential award of a distinction.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totaling 180 credits. You are required to take

      Fundamentals of Global Mental Health 1 (15 credits, LSHTM)
      Evidence synthesis in global mental health (15 credits)
      Statistics for Epidemiology & Public Health (15 credits, LSHTM)
      Epidemiology for Mental Health Research (15 credits)
      Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes (15 credits, LSHTM)
      Theory to Practice in Global Mental Health (15 credits)
      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)
      Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
      Social Psychiatry: Theory, Research & Methods (15 credits)
      Mental Health Economic Evaluation (15 credits)
      Conflict & Health (15 credits, LSHTM)
      Health Promotion Approaches & Methods (15 credits, LSHTM)
      Health Systems (15 credits, LSHTM)
      Epidemiology of Non-communicable Diseases (15 credits, LSHTM)
      Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (15 credits, LSHTM)
      Social Epidemiology (15 credits, LSHTM)
      Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (15 credits, LSHTM)
      Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs (15 credits, LSHTM)
      Health Care Evaluation (15 credits, LSHTM)
      Qualitative Methodologies (15 credits, LSHTM)
      Medical Anthropology and Public Health (15 credits, LSHTM)
      Research Design & Analysis (15 credits, LSHTM)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      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

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: N/A

      International:

      Full time: £32,940 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: N/A

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

      Deposit

      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 deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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.

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

      Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

      Applicants from eligible developing Commonwealth Countries who are applying to start in September 2019 may wish to apply for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS). The CSSS covers full tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, airfare to and from the UK, and an additional thesis grant and a travel allowance. Further information about the scholarship and eligibility criteria can be found here.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

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

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