Taught course

Global Mental Health

University of Glasgow · College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

At least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (psychology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, law, public health or public policy). A registered health-care professional qualification will also be acceptable. A background – study, work or volunteer activities – in a mental health-related field is desirable but not essential.

Months of entry


Course content

Designed to produce graduates who can take charge of mental health service provision at a global level, helping them develop the knowledge to integrate initiatives into the wider aims of international development, and address global inequities. By developing the capacity to think critically about the potential risks of globalising notions of mental illness you will gain the skills to develop and implement policies aimed at reducing the burden of mental health difficulties worldwide.


  • Two student placements at the Glasgow Psychological Trauma Service available.
  • Learning outcomes (ILOs) are based on the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health identified in a 2011 issue of Nature.
  • Specific emphasis on the important role social and cultural factors play in how mental health difficulties can be understood and treated across the globe.
  • Contributors to teaching come from a diverse range of disciplines including: clinical psychology, social work, anthropology, sociology, law and psychiatry. Teaching also includes contribution from those with a lived experience of mental health difficulties.
  • Options to graduate with or withoutspecialisms by following certain courses. The specialisms are:
  1. Global Mental Health with specialism in Health Promotion
  2. Global Mental Health with specialism in Health Technology Assessment
  3. Global Mental Health with specialism in Research Methods

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Global Mental Health