Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Public Mental Health

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry · Institute of Population Health Sciences

Entry requirements

UK Students

You will normally need at least a 2.1 honours degree or GPA 3.2/4.0 or GPA 3.4/5.0 or equivalent in a relevant subject, such as medicine, the health sciences, nursing or the social sciences. We also welcome applications from those who have studied a less directly related subject at undergraduate level, but who can demonstrate interest and motivation in this area.

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.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a collaborative programme taught by the Centre for Global Public Health, and the Centre for Psychiatry. As a student of this programme you will consider issues of mental health within the context of culture. As a mental health professional, your learning will take place within a broader public health curriculum that covers:

  • basic epidemiology and statistics
  • an understanding of health systems policy, including health financing and human resource policy
  • an introduction to the social determinants of health
  • medical anthropology
  • an understanding of research, evidence and epistemology

You will go on to study cultural and global perspectives in mental health care. Much mental health research and clinical practice in the UK is still Eurocentric in its approach and in its research findings and does not always fully consider the cultural background of the patients it seeks to help. In a globalised world, mutual understanding and respect are essential, and you will gain insights from anthropology, sociology and geography as well as psychiatry and psychology.

Finally, you will complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice in the field of mental health care, mental health policy or public mental health.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Institute of Population Health Sciences