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This course aims to provide people with the knowledge and skills to initiate, develop and oversee mental health policies and/or programmes in low-resource settings, and to conduct and critically evaluate research on global mental health. These skills and knowledge will make it possible for students to make valuable contributions in the domains of research, public health, policy and practice as they relate to the discipline of global mental health.

Course Applications:

Applications for this course will be processed by King's College London, not by LSHTM.

Course Directors: Dr Alex Cohen (LSHTM) and Dr Rosie Mayston (King's College London - Institute of Psychiatry)

This is a joint programme provided by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and King's College London - Institute of Psychiatry.

We anticipate that graduates will 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.

Course Duration

Full-time for one calendar year and part-time or split study for 2 calendar years.

* Split study fees are calculated pro rata for the periods of attendance only. For example, students who've chosen a Term 1 split date will be charged approximately 12 weeks fees (at the Year 1 fee rate) for their first year of study, and approximately 38 weeks fees (at the Year 2 full-time fee rate) for their second year of studies.


By the end of the course, students will able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the mental health challenges facing low resource settings
  • devise locally appropriate and feasible strategies to reduce the burden of mental disorders
  • develop research protocols to investigate key issues in global mental health including epidemiological, intervention- and policy-related questions
  • apply research skills to monitor and evaluate mental health programmes

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 22600 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 9200 Year (EEA)
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Partnership Joint
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content


Students must complete eight modules, five of which are "core" (i.e. compulsory), pass two written examinations, and pass a project report of up to 10,000 words.

All participants take:

Term 1:

  • Required 1-week orientation on studying at LSHTM and IoP-KCL, sessions on key computing and study skills

Core modules at LSHTM:

  • Fundamentals in Global Mental Health
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health

Core module at IoP-KCL:

  • Principles of Psychiatric Research and Psychiatric Epidemiology

Term 2:

Core modules at LSHTM:

  • Platforms of Care for Mental Disorders

Choice of 3 other modules from LSHTM and/or IoP-KCL

Term 3:

Core module at IoP-KCL:

  • Scaling-Up Packages of Care

Project Report

Over the summer, students will complete a project and write a report of a maximum of 10,000 words. The report is due at the beginning of September.

English Language Requirements

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The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at LSHTM/KCL-IoP on a Masters 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.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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