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Global Mental Health Online Distance Learning (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

The Global Mental Health academic programmes are designed to produce graduates who can take charge of mental health service provision at a global level. The Global Mental Health academic programmes offered by the University of Glasgow are unique to Scotland and are the only online Global Mental Health Postgraduate courses offered anywhere in the world. These online programmes are intended for people who are unable to come to Glasgow to complete on-campus delivery of the programmes.

Why this programme

◾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.
◾The Global Mental Health academic programmes will help people to develop the knowledge to integrate innovative initiatives related to mental health and wellbeing 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.
◾The Global Mental Health academic programmes at the University of Glasgow place 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 Global Mental Health 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 Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow has a formal collaboration with the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Rwanda. This partnership has fostered a range of research and teaching activities that have been jointly coordinated by staff at the respective universities. It is hoped that this partnership will continue to grow and that Global Mental Health students will avail of opportunities that it provides. For more information, see: Collaboration with the University of Rwanda

Programme Structure

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.

Global Mental Health courses offered at the University of Glasgow:
◾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

*These courses constitute core courses that students complete to achieve the PgCert Global Mental Health. The completion of the remaining courses is requirement for fulfilment of the PGDip Global Mental Health

Studying Online

Online learning at the University of Glasgow allows you to benefit from the outstanding educational experience that we are renowned for -without having to relocate to our campus.
You do not need to have experience of studying online as you will be guided through how to access and use all of our online resources.

Virtual learning

You will connect with your fellow students and tutors through our virtual learning environment where you will have access to a multitude of learning resources including:
◾recorded lectures
◾live seminars
◾interactive quizzes
◾journal articles
◾electronic books and other web resources

A global community

As an online student at the University you will become part of a global community of learners. Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online delivery and you will be encouraged and supported to interact with your fellow classmates and tutors in a number of ways. For example, through the discussions areas on our virtual learning environment, by skype, during live seminars and in our virtual campus on Second Life.


Great emphasis is placed on making sure you feel well supported in your learning and that you have good interactions with everyone on the programme. Support is available in a number of ways and you will find out more about this during orientation.

All you need to participate in our online programmes is a computer and internet access.

Computer requirements for your online studies can be found here: http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_425588_en.pdf

For information on our on-campus Global Mental Health programmes,see: https://www.findamasters.com/search/masters-degree/i307d4814c29595/global-mental-health-msc-pgdip-pgcert

Visit the Global Mental Health Online Distance Learning (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

Entry Requirements

At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (psychology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, law, public health or public policy). A registered health-care professional qualification will also be acceptable. A background – study, work or volunteer activities – in a mental health-related field is desirable but not essential. Further information regarding academic entry requirements:

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