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Masters Global Mental Health MSc

This course aims to provide people with the knowledge and skills to initiate, develop and oversee mental health policies and/or programmes in low-resource settings, and to conduct and critically evaluate research on global mental health. These skills and knowledge will make it possible for students to make valuable contributions in the domains of research, public health, policy and practice as they relate to the discipline of global mental health. 

Janssen Pharmaceutica Scholarships

Beginning in the 2015-16 academic year, the Centre for Global Mental Health will award up to four full Janssen Pharmaceutica Scholarships a year to successful applicants.  A strong preference will be given to applicants who are from or who work in low- and middle-income countries.  Applications open early October.

Course Applications

This is a joint programme provided by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and King's College London -Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN).. Applications for this course will be processed by King's College London, not by the London School. Further details and how to apply.  

Course Directors

We anticipate that graduates will 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.

Course Duration: One year full-time.

" Our teachers are heavily invested in the design of the curriculum, and it’s safe to say they are heavily invested in their students as well. Grace Ryan from the USA studied the MSc Global Mental Health - Full profile


By the end of the course, 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 must complete eight modules, five of which are "core" (i.e. compulsory), pass two written examinations, and pass a project report of up to 10,000 words.

All participants take:

Term 1:

  • Required 1-week orientation on studying at LSHTM and IOPPN, sessions on key computing and study skills

Core modules at LSHTM:

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

Core module at IOPPN-KCL:

  • Principles of Psychiatric Research and Psychiatric Epidemiology

Term 2:

Core modules at LSHTM:

  • Platforms of Care for Mental Disorders

Choice of 3 other modules from LSHTM and/or IOPPN

Term 3:

Core module at IOPPN-KCL:

  • Scaling-Up Packages of Care

Project Report

Over the summer, students will complete a project and write a report of a maximum of 10,000 words.  The report is due at the beginning of September.


Entrance Requirements

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at LSHTM/KCL-IOPPN on a Masters 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.


Application deadline: 1 July 2015. Early applications are encouraged.

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



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