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MSc Global Mental Health


This is a joint programme provided by the School and King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. This course provides participants 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. These skills will equip students to make valuable contributions in research, public health, policy and practice.

Career prospects

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 non-governmental organisations.Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.

Applications for this course are processed by King's College London, not by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Further details and how to apply.

Duration: one year full-time


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At the School, I feel constantly empowered by the fascinating research and engaging learning environment
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By the end of the programme, students will 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


Students complete eight modules, five of which are "core" (compulsory), pass two written examinations and complete a project report.

Term 1

There is a one-week orientation period on studying at the School and KCL-IOPPN as well as sessions on key computing and study skills

Core modules at the School

  • Fundamentals in Global Mental Health
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health

Core module at KCL-IOPPN

  • Principles of Psychiatric Research and Psychiatric Epidemiology

Term 2

Core modules at the School

  • Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes

Choice of 3 other modules from the School and/or KCL-IOPPN

Term 3:

Core module at KCL-IOPPN

  • Theory to Practice in Global Mental Health

Project Report

Students prepare a project report of a maximum of 10,000 words during the summer months (July - August), for submission by early September.

Entry requirements

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.

Fees and funding

Fees 2017/2018
Home Full-time £10,680
Overseas Full-time £26,100

Janssen Pharmaceutica Scholarships

Four Janssen Pharmaceutica Scholarships are available to students accepted onto the 2017-18 MSc Global Mental Health course. Each scholarship will cover full tuition fees, a living allowance of GBP 15,757 and an allowance of GBP 500 for MSc project expenses. 

Deadline: 28 February 2018

Find out more about the Janssen Pharmaceutica Scholarships. 


Other scholarships and funding opportunities

How to apply


Applications should be made through the King's College London online application system.

Early applications are encouraged.

Admission status

Open for 2017/18

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