Taught course

Global Mental Health

Institution
University of Glasgow · Managing Health and Wellbeing
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

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. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry

September

Course content

This Masters degree is designed to produce graduates who can take charge of mental health service provision at a global level. The MSc in Global Mental Health is unique to Scotland and one of only two in the UK.

Why Glasgow?

  • You will develop 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.
  • Opportunities exist for students to complete placements with a NHS service that supports the mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
  • You will develop the knowledge to integrate your initiatives into the wider aims of international development and address the global inequities in the provision of mental health services.
  • The learning outcomes (ILOs) for the programme are based on the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health that were identified in a 2011 issue of Nature.
  • We have collaborative partnerships with organisations working in low and middle income countries. You will have opportunities to complete placements and projects with them.
  • Students will have an opportunity to complete research projects with organisations doing mental health related work both nationally and internationally.
  • The MSc Global Mental Health programme at the University of Glasgow places specific emphasis on the important role that social and cultural factors play in how mental health difficulties can be understood and treated across the globe.
  • Contributors to the programme 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.

Programme Structure

The core teaching is based around lectures. There is a strong emphasis on discussion and debate with your academic staff and fellow students, focusing on relevant research literature and policy documents.

Core courses

  • Introduction to mental health and disability
  • The global burden of mental health difficulties
  • Cultural, social and biological determinants of mental health
  • Research methods (qualitative, quantitative and health economics)
  • Mental health promotion across the life-span
  • Improving access to mental health care in the global context
  • Mental health and disability: international law and policy
  • Dissertation.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the MSc Global Mental Health programme establish careers in national mental health policy and planning, epidemiological and mental health services research, as well as advisory and advocacy roles in governments, international agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training): overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0. IBTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20

Fees and funding

UK students
£6800
International students
£18200

http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/globalmentalhealth/

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

PGDip

part time
18 months
full time
9 months

PGCert

part time
18 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Ross White
Email
Ross.White@glasgow.ac.uk