MSc Global Mental Health MSc


This is a joint programme offered by the School and King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to initiate, develop and oversee mental health programmes in low-resource settings, and to conduct and critically evaluate research on global mental health.

By the end of the programme you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the mental health challenges facing low-resource settings
  • devise locally appropriate and feasible strategies to reduce the burden of mental disorders
  • develop research protocols to investigate key issues in global mental health including epidemiological, intervention- and policy-related questions
  • apply research skills to monitor and evaluate mental health programmes

Career opportunities

The skills you develop during the programme will enable you to make valuable contributions in research, public health, policy and practice. Graduates enter careers in national mental health policy and planning, epidemiological and mental health services research, and advisory and advocacy roles in governments, international agencies and NGOs.

Compulsory modules:

Fundamentals in Global Mental Health
Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
Principles of Psychiatric Research and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes
Theory to Practice in Global Mental Health

Elective modules include:

Health Promotion Approaches and Methods
Research on Stigma & Discrimination
Mental Health Economic Evaluation
Medical Anthropology and Public Health
Social Psychiatry

Project report

You will complete a research project on an aspect of Global Mental Health of your choosing, which involves writing a 10,000 word report.

Key information:

Duration: one year full-time

Location: London

Programme directors: Dr Alex Cohen (LSHTM), Dr Souci Frissa (KCL-IoPPN)

Contact email:

MSc Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at LSHTM/KCL-IOPPN on a Master's programme is 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 (study, work or volunteer activities) 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.

Intercalating Students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. 

More information on intercalating an MSc at the School.

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