Global Mental Health, M.Sc.

This is a joint programme provided by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. The Global Mental Health course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to initiate, develop and oversee mental health programmes in low-resource settings, and to conduct and critically evaluate research on global mental health.

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Global Mental Health is a joint programme provided by the School and King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to initiate, develop and oversee mental health programmes in low-resource settings, and to conduct and critically evaluate research on global mental health. These skills will equip students to make valuable contributions in research, public health, policy and practice.

Career prospects

Graduates 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.

Applications for this course are processed by King's College London, not by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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

Programme Structure

Students complete eight modules, five of which are "core" (compulsory), pass two written examinations and complete a project report.

Term 1

There is a one-week orientation period on studying at the School and KCL-IOPPN as well as sessions on key computing and study skills

Core modules at the School

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

Core module at KCL-IOPPN

  • Principles of Psychiatric Research and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Term 2

Core modules at the School

  • Platforms of Care for Mental Disorders

Choice of 3 other modules from the School and/or KCL-IOPPN

Term 3:

Core module at KCL-IOPPN

  • Scaling-Up Packages of Care

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 190

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at LSHTM/KCL-IOPPN on a Master's 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 26100 International
  • GBP 10680 EU/EEA

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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