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Launching in September 2018, this degree looks at psychiatry and mental illness through a public health and socio-cultural lens.

There is growing recognition of rising levels of unmet mental health need across the world, right across the spectrum of low and high-income countries.

This MSc provides students with the opportunity to learn about the current trends in global mental illness and their underlying drivers, as well as examine current responses to the burden of mental illness by global, national and local actors. It will enable clinicians, policymakers, managers, activists and commissioners to think about mental health on a global scale, with an awareness of local cultural norms, and prepare graduates of the course for work in these areas.

Importantly, this teaching on mental illnesses will be nested within a broader and generic public health curriculum that covers: basic epidemiology and statistics; an understanding of health systems policy, including health financing and human resource policy; an introduction to the social determinants of health; medical anthropology; and an understanding of research, evidence and epistemology. Such core subjects are relevant and important to public mental health.

Further, students will learn about global perspectives on mental health and the importance of cultural competence when making clinical decisions about care and management of those suffering from poor mental health.


Semester 1

Based at the Whitechapel campus for this part of the programme, students take four 15 credit core modules of the Global Health programme in the first semester, providing them with a foundation of generic and relevant skills and competencies, covering:

  • Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Evidence, Policy and Global Health
  • Health inequalities and Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Systems Policy and Practice

Semester 2

  • Cultural and Global Perspectives on Mental Healthcare

Semester 3

  • Dissertation

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.


A mixture of written essays, oral presentations and exams.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £9,000

Part time £4,500

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £16,538

Part time £8,275


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU studentsand for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079


Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Visit the MSc Public Mental Health page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!




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