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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.

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.

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.

We anticipate that graduates will enter 

Duration: one year full-time


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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 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

  • Platforms of Care for Mental Disorders

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

Term 3:

Core module at KCL-IOPPN

  • Scaling-Up Packages of Care

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 2016/2017
Home Full-time £9,960
Overseas Full-time £24,750

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 are now open. Deadline 29 February 2015. 

Scholarships and funding opportunities

How to apply

Application deadline: 1 July 2016.

Early applications are encouraged. Applications should be made through the King's College London online application system.

Admission status


Course Directors

  • Alex Cohen
  • Dr Souci Frissa
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