Research course

Mental Health: Cultural Psychology and Psychiatry MRes

Queen Mary, University of London · School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

A degree at undergraduate level in a relevant subject. A professional qualification and at least one year experience working in a related area will also be considered. Applicants must be accepted onto the ESRC Doctoral Training Programme based at Queen Mary.

Months of entry


Course content

This MRes is for you if you’re interested in understanding the impact of socio-cultural factors on mental health and mental health care. It’s particularly aimed at students who want to go on to further doctoral research training through the LISS DTP Programme. This MRes is an excellent preparation for a career in research and clinical practice.

  • Develop a critical insight into the role of culture in mental health, enhancing both your clinical and research skills
  • Gain a global perspective on mental health so you can work with culturally diverse populations
  • Take a supervised placement in a clinical setting
  • Gain a comprehensive training in research methods and writing
  • Learn from leading experts in the field

This MRes gives you a sophisticated understanding of the impact of socio-cultural factors on mental health, mental illness and healthcare. It will enable you to work in a research or mental health care role in a multicultural setting, both here in the UK and abroad.

You’ll have a global perspective on mental health, including recognition of the importance and challenges in working with culturally-diverse populations, as well as approaches and practices relevant to addressing these challenges.

You’ll examine how cultural factors such as belief systems, values, practices and traditions can affect an individual’s mental health risk – and their resilience. You’ll also look at how migration, race and other cultural phenomena intersect to create mental health challenges and how these can be addressed in direct clinical practice and health care systems.

You’ll gain the expertise to assess mental health problems and understand their origins and how to help recovery.

You’ll also learn about research methods in social sciences, and undertake an original research project.

By the time you complete the programme, you’ll be a skilled communicator, adept at expressing your ideas in spoken or written form.

Department specialisms

Mental health Psychiatry Environmental and preventive medicine Cancer prevention

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

In REF2014 90% of outputs in clinical medicine (UoA1) and 80% in health services (UoA2) were classified as 4*/3* with overall grade point averages of 3.28 and 3.29 respectively.

Fees and funding

For more information on funding, please see our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Wolfson Institute