MSc Global Mental Health

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This is a joint programme provided by LSHTM and King’s College London. 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.

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.

Term 1

Students take the following compulsory modules:

  • Fundamentals in Global Mental Health 1 (LSHTM)
  • Fundamentals in Global Mental Health 2 (King's)
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (LSHTM)
  • Epidemiology for Mental Health Research (King's)

Term 2

  • 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)

Term 3:

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

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.

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.

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

Johnson & Johnson Global Mental Health Scholarships 2019-20

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is offering up to four scholarships to students accepted onto the MSc Global Mental Health programme.

Each scholarship will cover full tuition fees, living allowance and and allowance for the MSc project. 

Eligibility for funding

Applicants must be nationals of, and ordinarily resident in, one of the following countries:
Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda ,South Africa, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Peru

Deadline: 24 March 2019 - applicants are encouraged to apply as early as they can.

Information on how to apply can be found on the funding section of our website.

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.