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.

Overview - Global Mental Health

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. Ways to study explained.

Changes to the course

Changes to the course

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

Global Mental Health


Watch Programme Director, Alex Cohen, and students talk about the programme.

Alexandra Bleile, Germany
Alexandra Bleile, Germany

"At the School, I feel constantly empowered by the fascinating research and engaging learning environment."

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

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

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.

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 LSHTM

  • Fundamentals in Global Mental Health 1
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health

Core module at KCL-IOPPN

  • Fundamentals in Global Mental Health 2
  • Epidemiology for Mental Health Research

Term 2

Core modules at LSHTM

  • Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes

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

Term 3:

Core module at KCL-IOPPN

  • Theory to Practice in Global Mental Health

Elective modules include:

  • Applied Statistical Methods in Psychiatric Epidemiology (KCL-IOPPN)
  • Measurement in Mental Health (KCL-IOPPN)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (KCL-IOPPN)
  • Social Psychiatry: Theory, Research and Methods (KCL-IOPPN)
  • Systematic Reviews in Mental Health (KCL-IOPPN)
  • Mental Health Economic Evaluation (KCL-IOPPN)
  • Conflict and Health (LSHTM )
  • Health Promotion Approaches and Methods (LSHTM)
  • Health Systems (LSHTM)
  • Epidemiology of non-communicable diseases (LSHTM)
  • Social Epidemiology (LSHTM)
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (LSHTM)
  • Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (LSHTM)

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
Entry requirements - Global Mental Health

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 & funding
Fees 2019/20 - Global Mental Health
Fees 2019/20    
Home Full-time £12,300
Overseas Full-time £28,200
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.