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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Across the globe, there’s a huge gap between the need for mental health treatment and the resource to provide it. Whether you want to create mental health programmes, guide policy, or conduct research, this course is the ideal way to work towards solving this major problem.

Our jointly run course with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) ensures you will have access to the latest research innovation and facilities of both institutions. The two organisations are leading the field in mental health and public health research so you’ll be taught by researchers at the cutting-edge of knowledge.

Key benefits:

  • Learn from the experts at King’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Choose from a wide range of optional modules and develop your own research interests with our summer project
  • Get the latest insight directly from researchers at the Global Mental Health Centre
  • Take your career to the next level – whether you’re a clinician, researcher, development worker, or work in policy and planning
  • Develop the skills you need to create effective policies, systems, services and clinical interventions


All our teaching staff are active researchers so you’ll have access to the latest knowledge in the subject. Many also come from a clinical background, so their experience helps inform your classes.

Teaching and support is split between King’s and LSHTM. This means you’ll get one seamless course with access to two universities worth of expertise behind it.


People with mental health problems deserve access to trained professionals and evidence-based treatment. But getting appropriate support is unlikely in many countries across the world.

Studying our Global Mental Health MSc gives you the chance to change things. You’ll discover what people need in different settings and how to provide it for them. Then we’ll show you how to develop policies, systems and clinical interventions, and use epidemiological and other research methods to evaluate services.

You could be working in a clinical background or in development. Or you might be coming straight from your undergraduate degree. Whatever your background, the wide scope of the course will prepare you for the next step in your career.

Througout the year, your modules will include a mix of theory and practical topics across epidemiology and policy. You’ll also have the opportunity to personalise the course to your own interests with our wide range of optional modules. And, over the summer, your research project is a great opportunity to explore your interests in more depth.

Career prospects:

Many of our students join us to progress their existing career so you may already have a good idea of where you want to end up. A master’s degree at King’s is a great way to get specialist experience and formal recognition to help you take the next step.


Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes (15 Credits)
Global Mental Health Dissertation (45 credits) (45 Credits)
Fundamentals in Global Mental Health 2 (15 Credits)
Epidemiology for Mental Health Research (15 Credits)
Theory to Practice in Global Mental Health (15 Credits)
Fundamentals in Global Mental Health 1 (15 Credits)
Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (15 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree of a UK university or a registerable qualification in medicine, appropriate to the programme. A background in a mental health-related field is desirable but not essential. Applications with an appropriate technical qualification or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas are also welcomed. Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. They should contact the programme leader who can advise on their eligibility to apply. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.