Taught course

Mental Health: Transcultural Mental Healthcare

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry · Centre for Psychiatry - CfP

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first degree in a related subject and/or a professional qualification and have worked in the relevant subject area for at least one year. We wish to include people from diverse backgrounds and career pathways especially people working in the independent and voluntary sector and NHS. International applicants Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Months of entry


Course content

Mental health is an ever-growing field and the care for mental Illness is developing accordingly worldwide. There is an overall sense of enhanced awareness on mental health, leading to a need for new knowledge and applications of good practice. Phenomena such as globalisation, and displacements of populations, create new strengths and vulnerabilities in mental health. London, in particular, is a culturally diverse community which requires its practitioners to be culturally sensitive to the individual needs of their clients.

We offer two programme pathways: Mental Health: Psychological Therapies; and, Mental Health: Transcultural Mental Healthcare, both leading to an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate. All of the courses are available by blended or distance learning modes of delivery.

The primary aims of this programme, Mental Health: Transcultural Mental Healthcare, are the develop your ability to think critically about working in mental health and mental health research, and to provide greater knowledge and skills, while also imparting the professional values and attitude necessary in health and social care.

The Transcultural Mental Healthcare pathway primarily focuses on cultural capability in health and social care, and provides training in health services research. You will develop a knowledge base derived from anthropological, medical, sociological, epidemiological, pharmacological disciplines, as well as cultural understandings of the presentation, expression and management of psychological distress amongst ethnic minorities. Students undertake a placement related to Transcultural Mental Healthcare for improving reflective practice and complete a research project or systematic literature review on a related topic.

This programme will:

  • Allow you to develop a more advanced understanding of the basis of assessment, diagnosis, formulation and care management of psychological disorders in general, and then in diverse racial, ethnic and cultural groups drawing on cultural psychiatry, social sciences and allied disciplines
  • Give you access to an academic programme that prepares you to be a competent practitioner, able to deliver effective mental health treatments for people with psychological problems
  • Develop your knowledge of research methods and systematic and critical review techniques
  • Develop and give you access to a network of mental health professionals and established academics.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

NHS trusts and charities

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Nasir Warfa
+44 (0)20 7882 2035