This Masters degree is designed to produce graduates who can take charge of mental health service provision at a global level. The MSc in Global Mental Health is unique to Scotland and one of only two in the UK.
• MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
• PgDip 9 months full-time; 18 months part-time
• PgCert 9 months full-time; 18 months part-time
• You will develop the capacity to think critically about the potential risks of globalising notions of mental illness. You will gain the skills to develop and implement policies aimed at reducing the burden of mental health difficulties worldwide.
• Opportunities exist for students to complete placements with a NHS service that supports the mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
• You will develop the knowledge to integrate your initiatives into the wider aims of international development and address the global inequities in the provision of mental health services.
• The learning outcomes (ILOs) for the programme are based on the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health that were identified in a 2011 issue of Nature.
• We have collaborative partnerships with organisations working in low and middle income countries. You will have opportunities to complete placements and projects with them.
• Students will have an opportunity to complete research projects with organisations doing mental health related work both nationally and internationally.
• The MSc Global Mental Health programme at the University of Glasgow
places specific emphasis on the important role that social and cultural factors play in how mental health difficulties can be understood and treated across the globe.
• Contributors to the programme teaching come from a diverse range of disciplines including: clinical psychology, social work, anthropology, sociology, law and psychiatry. Teaching also includes contribution from those with a lived experience of mental health difficulties.
The core teaching is based around lectures. There is a strong emphasis on discussion and debate with your academic staff and fellow students, focusing on relevant research literature and policy documents.
• Introduction to mental health and disability
• The global burden of mental health difficulties
• Cultural, social and biological determinants of mental health
• Research methods (qualitative, quantitative and health economics)
• Mental health promotion across the life-span
• Improving access to mental health care in the global context
• Mental health and disability: international law and policy
Graduates of the MSc Global Mental Health programme establish careers in national mental health policy and planning, epidemiological and mental health services research, as well as advisory and advocacy roles in governments, international agencies and non-governmental organisations.
What our students say
“This MSc was an invaluable experience in helping me develop as a competent researcher of mental health. The range of speakers and case studies used in the modules provided me with an elaborative insight into the global recognition of mental health needs. It has also helped me to develop a non-judgmental perspective of world cultures and their interaction with mental health conditions. The team of staff have provided me with a supportive environment to acquire skills essential for research and policy work in mental health. For my thesis this programme provided me with the opportunity to work hand in hand with a non-governmental organization to help analyse mental health work in Sierra Leone. I thoroughly enjoyed this research, gaining valuable experience into the work being done in a lower-income setting.”
“My main inspiration for choosing this programme came during my study abroad year as an undergraduate here at the University of Glasgow
. I spent a year in New Zealand throughout which I met people from all over the world as well as travelling to neighbouring countries. I enjoyed the different cultures and when I heard of this course I thought it would be a great way to combine cultural differences with a practical knowledge of mental health and service use.
I have loved this course, it’s been a great chance to get to know mental health practitioners throughout the world. It’s allowed me to understand the complexities of scaling up services in a developing context. I have also enjoyed the close and confidential atmosphere of the class group in which we were able to debate and discuss the course topics openly. In the long term, I may possibly go on to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist, and would hope to end up working in a global organisation helping develop and supply mental health services to the hard to reach areas of the globe.”
For information on our online Global Mental Health programmes, see: https://www.findamasters.com/search/masters-degree/i307d4814c42437/global-mental-health-online-distance-learning-msc-pgdip-pgcert