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Global Mental Health MSc

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Join us for Mental Health in the 21st Century, a series of online lectures hosted by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

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.

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.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course leaders

Dr Mark Pennington (King's College London)

Dr Ritsuko Kakuma (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

King's College London e: pg.psychology@kcl.ac.uk

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine e: mscgmh@lshtm.ac.uk

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

Department Division of Psychology & Systems Sciences Health Service & Population Research Department

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Study Global Mental Health at King's

The Global Mental Health MSc provides a unique understanding of the issues surrounding the new discipline of global mental health.

Hear from Dr Rosie Mayston who talks about what it's like to study the Global Mental Health MSc at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London

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Course detail

Description

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

Further literature

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx 

 

For information on open events visit http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/study/prospective-students/opendays.aspx

 

Course format and assessment

Format

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials. 

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.

Students will have 3-4 teaching days per week and 1-2 days self-study depending on the term.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

 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.

Extra information

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules
    Students on this course 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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Global Mental Health Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

An upper second-class honours degree of a UK university 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.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 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

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Global Mental Health checklist
Personal Statement Yes Please upload your personal statement (word limit: 1000) during online application.

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.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.
For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021

  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

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 Home fees: £13,380 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £31,350 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: 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 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.

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

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

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

  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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.

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 5 
  • personal photocopies 
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.

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.

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 

Testimonials

Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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