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Global Mental Health (MSc)

Course Description

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.

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.

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.

Visit the website http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msgmh.html


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.

Intercalating this course

Undergraduate medical students can take a year out either to pursue related studies or work. The School welcomes applications from medical students wishing to intercalate after their third year of study from any recognised university in the world.

Why intercalate with us?:

Reputation: The School has an outstanding international reputation in public health & tropical medicine and is at the forefront of global health research. It is highly rated in a number of world rankings including:

- World’s leading research-focused graduate school (Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2013)
- Third in the world for social science and public health (US News Best Global Universities Ranking, 2014)
- Second in UK for research impact (Research Exercise Framework 2014)
- Top in Europe for impact (Leiden Ranking, 2015)

Highly recognised qualification: possessing a Master's from the School will give you a focused understanding of health and disease, broaden your career prospects and allow you to be immersed in research in a field of your choice.

Valuable skills: you will undertake an independent research project (summer project) in your chosen topic, equipping you with research skills that will distinguish you in a clinical environment. While your medical qualification will give you a breadth of knowledge; undertaking an intercalated degree will allow you to explore your main area of interest in greater depth.

Alumni network: the School has a strong international and diverse alumni community, with more than 20,000 alumni in over 180 countries.

MSc vs. BSc: undertaking an MSc is an excellent opportunity to develop in-depth specialist knowledge in your chosen topic and enhance your skills in scientific research. Postgraduate qualifications are increasingly sought after by clinicians and possessing a Masters qualification can assist you in your future career progression

Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msgmh.html#sixth

Visit the Global Mental Health (MSc) page on the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alexandra Bleile

I am from Germany and graduated in Psychology from the University of Glasgow in 2013. Subsequently, I worked for the violence against women prevention programme of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Lima, Peru and later as an assistant psychologist in a local Limenian hospital.

The MSc Global Mental Health uniquely combined my passion for mental health and global issues and is offered by two excellent institutions. At the School I feel constantly empowered by the fascinating research and engaging learning environment. Merely by entering the main building, one can sense that staff and students really put knowledge into practice and genuinely strive to improve (mental) health worldwide.

Being part of the 3rd cohort of GMH’lers, a very diverse group in age, background, experiences, and nationalities, has been deeply rewarding. Classes were very well organised and taught by interdisciplinary and international staff who love what they do. I especially enjoyed our core modules, health promotion and statistical methods of epidemiology. Numerous lunchtime and evening talks have been additionally stimulating.

I feel like I have gained an immense amount of knowledge this year and the networks I built gave me the opportunity to work as a part-time research assistant at the Gender Violence and Health Centre. Having a degree from the School will demonstrate our hard work, skills, and global perspective, which will support me in my desire to work in an international non-governmental or governmental organisation in the field of mental health and gender equality

(Student Profile)

Nicole Cousins

The MSc in Global Mental Health was the perfect fit for me, as it combined my background in neuroscience, my passion for global health and my volunteer experience in community development and mental health promotion. The programme is one of a few in the world, and the School is the epicentre of the field, and the location for the Centre for Global Mental Health. All of the professors are passionate, inspiring and engaging, making for an incredible learning environment. As well, all of my classmates come from diverse backgrounds, with a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share. My Masters has been the most fulfilling and enriching learning experience, and I hope to take this passion and skills into a career as a clinician researcher.

(Student Profile)

Grace Ryan

4368.jpg The MSc gives students direct access to many of global mental health’s most respected leaders, as well as the opportunity to take a part in shaping the future of a young field. Our teachers are heavily invested in the design of the curriculum, and it’s safe to say they are heavily invested in their students as well. Where else will a senior lecturer throw your class a pizza party, or show up at exams just to wish you all good luck? The sense of community is what I’ve valued most about my time here.


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.

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