London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Global Mental Health, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English
This 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. 


By the end of the Global Mental Health programme offered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, you will be 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

Project report

You will complete a research project on an aspect of Global Mental Health of your choosing, which involves writing a 10,000 word report.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Fundamentals in Global Mental Health
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Principles of Psychiatric Research and Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes
  • Theory to Practice in Global Mental Health


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. Skills gained during the course will equip students to make valuable contributions in research, public health, policy and practice.


Programme directors: Dr Alex Cohen (LSHTM), Dr Souci Frissa (KCL-IoPPN)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Our first application deadline was the 30th March. Applications remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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):


    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:


    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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

An upper second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or an appropriate registrable qualification in medicine. Experience in a mental health-related field is desirable but not essential. Intercalating medical students may apply. 

Tuition Fee

Please refer to the LSHTM website for up-to-date information on fees & funding.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Please refer to the LSHTM website for up-to-date information on fees & funding.

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