This is a joint programme provided by LSHTM and King’s College London. The course 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.
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, programme information, and how to apply.
Duration: one year full-time. Ways to study explained.
Global Mental Health
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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
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.
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)
- Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes (LSHTM) (compulsory)
Choice of 3 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 and 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)
- Theory to Practice in Global Mental Health (King's) (compulsory)
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 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.
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.
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.