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MRes / MSc / PGDip / Mental Health: Cultural and Global Perspectives

This course is also available as a Distance Learning Option

There is a growing recognition that mental health, mental illness and treatment/care are situated within socio-cultural contexts. Cultural factors such as belief systems, values, norms, practices and traditions impact on the risk and resilience towards developing mental health problems and suicidal behaviours. Furthermore, current phenomena such as globalisation and large scale displacements of populations create new strengths and vulnerabilities in mental health.

This MRes is for students who are interested in understanding the impact of socio-cultural factors in mental health, mental illness and mental health care who are seeking to go on to further doctoral research training through the LISS DTP Programme. It suits those who wish to pursue careers in research and clinical practice worldwide as well as those already working in this area.

There are three overall learning objectives for students:

  • Learn about assessing mental health problems and understanding their origins and how to help recovery
  • Obtain a global perspective on mental health including recognition of the importance and challenges in working with culturally-diverse populations as well as approaches and practices relevant to addressing these challenges.
  • Learn about research methods and deliver an original research project.

Structure

MRes

The MRes programme consists of five modules. Students may only enrol for an MRes, and completion of all three modules is required for the MRes award.

In term 1, students take the 1st module: Mental Health: Theory and Practice, an introduction to major key concepts in mental healthcare (30 credits) and the first research training module, Introduction to Social Science Research 1, covering epistemology, research design, and qualitative methods (30 credits). In term 2, students take the 2nd applied module: Cultural Contexts of Mental Healthcare (30 credits), as well as the research module Introduction to Social Science Research 2, covering quantitative methods and data (30 credits). In term 3 students will receive tutorials with their supervisor towards the completion of their MRes dissertation (60 credits).

Teaching takes place on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.

Period of Study: one year full time.

MSc

The MSc programme consists of three modules. Completion of the first module is accredited for exit with a PGCert in: Advanced Skills in Mental Health. Completion of two modules permits exit with a PGDip in Mental Health: Cultural and Global Perspectives in Mental Health Care. Completion of all three modules, leads to the MSc award.

In term 1, students take the 1st module: Advanced Skills in Mental Health. In term 2, students take the 2nd module: Psychological Therapies and in term 3 students take the 3rd module: Applied Research Methods.

Each module consists of 12 weeks of teaching and assessment, with one core taught day each week, for which onsite students are required to be on campus. Distance learning students are required to attend weekly 4-hour online group tutorials, facilitated by their tutor. (More information on the Distance Learning mode is presented at the end of this side.)

On teaching days, the structure typically consists of two hours of lectures, 4 hours of facilitated group work and one and a half hours of tutorial focused on consolidating learning and critical skills.

PGDip

In term 1, students take the 1st module: Advanced Skills in Mental Health. In term 2, students take the 2nd module: MSc Cultural and Global Perspectives in Mental Health care.

Each module consists of 12 weeks of teaching and assessment, with one core taught day each week, for which onsite students are required to be on campus. Distance learning students meet for half a day each week in online group tutorials, facilitated by their tutor.

The teaching day differs according to the module and term.

On teaching days, the structure typically consists of two hours of lectures, five hours of facilitated group work, and one hour of problem-based-learning tutorial.

Completion of the first module is accredited for exit with a PGCert in Advanced Skills in Mental Health. Completion of the first two modules permits exit with a PGDip in mental health: MSc Cultural and Global Perspectives in Mental Health care.

Period of Study

FULL TIME: PGCert, PGDip and MSc options are available full-time and students complete all study components within one academic year.

PART TIME: Part-time MSc students complete the first two modules in year one, and module three (including the thesis) can be completed over the second year, allowing additional time and flexibility.

PGCert and PGDip options are not available for applications to study part-time, given both modules one and two need to be completed in year one.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Fees

MRes Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £8,950

Part-time study is not available for this course

MRes Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £16,850

Part-time study is not available for this course

MSc Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £7,250

Part time £3,625

MSc Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £16,300

Part time £8,950

PGDip Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £4,850

Part time £2,425

PGDip Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £10,900

Part time £5,450


Visit the MRes / MSc / PGDip / Mental Health: Cultural and Global Perspectives page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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