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Study a postgraduate degree in global and public health

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Full time September MSc 1 year full-time

About the course

The programme

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.

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.

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Entry Requirements

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.

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Student Profile(s)

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

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.

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.

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