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Mental Health: Cultural and Global Perspectives in Mental Health Care PGDip

Mental Health: Cultural and Global Perspectives in Mental Health Care PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Health Care Management / Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This popular programme will give you a sophisticated understanding of the impact of socio-cultural factors in mental health and mental health care. You’ll understand the cultural contexts of mental health problems, learn about the innovative ways care is delivered cross-culturally and gain experience of working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

  • 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 training in research methods and writing
  • Learn from leading experts in the field


  • Access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room
  • Access to the large medical and dental archives at the Royal London and at Barts
  • Mentors for non-programme related support, including careers advice

Career paths

The skills this programme gives you are valuable for work in:

  • psychiatric or psychological services
  • homelessness agencies
  • learning disabilities services or forensic services
  • third sector organisations serving refugees and migrants
  • NGOs
  • and legal services.

We’ll help you prepare your CV, work on interview technique, and develop some clinical skills if you want to consider more advanced and accredited courses.

The course has allowed practicing clinicians to develop their own practice with culturally diverse populations and to implement cultural competency programmes in their services.

Students who have completed this course have gone on to:

  • pursue research doctorates in clinical psychology
  • assistant psychologist roles within the NHS and third sector
  • research assistant roles.

Different course options

Full time | Charterhouse Square | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The Cultural & Global Perspectives in Mental Health Care pathway primarily focuses on cultural capability in mental health and social care and research. Students will develop an understanding of the impact of socio-cultural factors on mental health, mental illness and mental health care and about mental health research and practice in various settings worldwide and in multicultural societies. Students undertake a placement related to cultural and global mental health care for reflective practice and complete a research project or systematic literature review on a related topic.

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

Students need to have 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.