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Mental Health: Cultural and Global Perspectives MRes

Mental Health: Cultural and Global Perspectives MRes

Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Cultural Studies Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This MRes course is for students who are interested in understanding the impact of socio-cultural factors in mental health, mental illness and mental health care who are seeking to go on to further doctoral research training through the LISS DTP Programme. It suits those who wish to pursue careers in research and clinical practice worldwide as well as those already working in this area.

There is a growing recognition that mental health, mental illness and treatment/care are situated within socio-cultural contexts. Cultural factors such as belief systems, values, norms, practices and traditions impact on the risk and resilience towards developing mental health problems and suicidal behaviours. Furthermore, current phenomena such as globalisation and large scale displacements of populations create new strengths and vulnerabilities in mental health. Stigma, discrimination, social injustice, health inequalities and resource availability all prevent access to appropriate mental health care. Mental health services must reflect the cultural diversity of populations and improve cultural competence and responsiveness to address these issues.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will discuss the key issues in the transcultural psychiatry. The topics will include differences in clinical manifestation of mental disorders across cultural, challenges of diagnosis in a multicultural environment, specific needs of ethnic minorities in terms of care and treatment. The students will be encouraged to reflect on the impact of cultural context on the development and treatment of mental disorders. The impact of migration on mental health will also be covered.
Introduction to Social Science Research 1: epistemology, research design, and qualitative methods (30 Credits)
Introduction to Social Science Research 2: quantitative methods and data (30 Credits)
MRes Dissertation (60 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

Applicants should have a first degree in a related subject and/or a professional qualification with a minimum of one year’s appropriate experience. We wish to include people from diverse backgrounds and career pathways especially people working in the independent and voluntary sector and NHS.

University information

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is a leading UK and International university and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities. Its history goes back to 1785, when it was originally four different colleges which have merged over the years. The University was born in London, and has five campuses in the city, but has expanded to include campuses in China, Malta and Paris. It has 26,000 students and 4,500 members of staff,...more