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

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

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

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

Course type


Course Summary

This MSc 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 in multiple settings
  • Take a supervised placement in a clinical setting
  • Gain a comprehensive 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

This programme is ideal if you want to:

  • pursue a career in psychology or psychiatry
  • work in an international setting or pursue research in cultural and global issues in mental health care.

The course has allowed students who were already 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
  • take on assistant psychologist roles within the NHS and third sector
  • gain research assistant roles.

This programme doesn’t equip you to be registered as a psychotherapist in the UK: you’ll need additional advanced training for that. However, this course does prepare you for such training.

Different course options

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

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



MSc students will learn some of the methodological challenges in conducting research relevant to the students chosen pathway (Transcultural Mental Healthcare or Psychological Therapies). They will also carry out a sustained inquiry and extended piece of high quality research work relevant to their professional context or personal interest. Students will be encouraged to publish and disseminate their research work. Module 3 Research Methods is compulsory to all MSc students and includes research methods and evidence based practice. Students aiming for the MSc award are required to undertake a dissertation on an original topic that includes original research and comprehensive literature review using systematic methods. Completion of Modules 1, 2 and 3 is accredited for exit with an MSc in either Psychological Therapies of Transcultural Mental Healthcare.

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 2:2 or above at undergraduate level in Psychology, Medicine or a related discipline.