MSc Global Mental Health

Academic year 2021-22: HPPF

Academic year 2021/22

All our intensive MSc programmes will offer a mix of online and on campus teaching during the 2021/22 academic year.

This means that each programme will involve an element of module level teaching on campus and students will be required to attend part of the programme in person. Within a programme, some modules may be online only, others may combine online and campus teaching.

The fact that there are likely to be ongoing COVID-19 related restrictions in place means that the proportion of online teaching delivery - provided through a combination of synchronous (live and interactive) and asynchronous (recordings, independent study, individual exercises, etc.) activities - is going to be larger than what can realistically be delivered in person on campus. Please check our Applicants and Offer Holders FAQs.

Overview - Global Mental Health

The programme

This is a joint programme provided by LSHTM and King’s College London. It gives participants 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 LSHTM. Further details, programme information, and how to apply

Duration: one year full-time. Ways to study explained.

Global Mental Health


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Objectives - Global Mental Health

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
Structure - Global Mental Health

The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.

Structure of the year

Term 1 (September - December) consists of ten teaching weeks plus one Reading Week* in the middle of the term. Followed by the Winter break.

Term 2 (January - March) consists of a further ten weeks of teaching plus a Reading Week in the middle of the term. Followed by the Spring break.

Term 3 (April - September) consists of five weeks of teaching for the final module, revision time, examinations and the project report.

*Reading Week is a week during term where no formal teaching takes place. It is a time for private study, preparing for assessments or attending study/computer skills workshops. There are two Reading Weeks at LSHTM: one in November and the other in February.

Term 1

Students take the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Global Mental Health (LSHTM)
  • Evidence Synthesis in Global Mental Health (King’s)
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (LSHTM)
  • Epidemiology for Mental Health Research (King's)
Term 2

Students take the following compulsory module:

  • Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes (LSHTM)

Students choose three other modules from LSHTM and/or King's. Elective modules include:

  • Applied Statistical Methods in Psychiatric Epidemiology (King's)
  • Measurement in Mental Health (King's)
  • Mental Health Economic Evaluation (King's)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (King's)
  • Social Psychiatry: Theory, Research and Methods (King's)
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (LSHTM)
  • Health Care Evaluation (LSHTM)
  • Health Promotion Approaches & Methods (LSHTM)
  • Research Design & Analysis (LSHTM)
  • Conflict & Health (LSHTM)
  • Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (LSHTM)
  • Health Systems (LSHTM)
  • Qualitative Methodologies (LSHTM)
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (LSHTM)
  • Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases (LSHTM)
  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health (LSHTM)
  • Social Epidemiology (LSHTM)
Term 3

Students take the following compulsory module:

  • Theory to Practice in Global Mental Health (King's)
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.

Please note: due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, we are not currently in a position to guarantee that overseas or field based projects will be possible or that London based laboratories will be accessible. Whilst we are hopeful that the situation will change before next summer, should it be the case that you are unable to travel overseas or access labs, you will be able to complete an alternative desk-based project allowing you to obtain your qualification within the original timeframe. Alternatively, you will be able to defer your project to the following year. 

Changes to the course

Changes to the programme

LSHTM will seek to deliver this programme in accordance with the description set out on this programme page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for LSHTM to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements - Global Mental Health

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at LSHTM/King's 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 & funding
Fees 2021/22 - Global Mental Health
Fees 2021/22    
Home Full-time £13,380
EU/Overseas Full-time £31,350
Scholarships - Global Mental Health

Funding available for this programme:

  • 2021-22 Johnson & Johnson Global Mental Health Scholarships (application deadlines: Step 1 (MSc application) 14 February 2021; Step 2 (Scholarship application) 21 March 2021)

    Please note: this funding is only available to nationals of, and ordinarily residents in, one of the following countries:
    • Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa
    • South East Asia: Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
    • South America: Nicaragua, Peru
  • 2021-22 Commonwealth Shared Scholarships (GMH) (application deadline: 9 April 2021)

    Please note: this funding is only to citizens of the following eligible Commonwealth countries: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, The Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuata, Zambia
How to apply
How to apply - Global Mental Health

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

Early applications are encouraged.