Postgraduate taught 

Global Mental Health MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Health Promotion specialism

Health Promotion specialism

Developing and evaluating interventions iconWhy This Programme

  • Develop the capacity to think critically about the potential risks of globalising notions of mental illness.
  • Gain the skills to develop and implement policies aimed at reducing the burden of mental health difficulties worldwide.
  • 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.
  • Students will have an opportunity to complete a research project.
  • Specific emphasis  is placed 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 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.

Main Campus Location

This programme is undertaken at the Gilmorehill Campus, in the West End of Glasgow. Easy to travel to by bus, subway, train or car.

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. The Global Mental Health MSc has expert international contributors. Blended learning and peer support learning is promoted in this course.

You will take: 100 core credits + 20 elective + project


Semester 1

  • Themes in global mental health
  • Research methods (qualitative, quantitative and heath economics)
  • Cultural, social and biological determinants of mental health

Semester 2

  • Mental health and disability: international law and policy 
  • Mental health promotion across the lifespan 

Semester 3

  • Dissertation in health promotion


Choose one from the following:

  • Qualitative research methods      
  • Improving access to mental health care in the global context (online delivery)           
  • Globalisation and public health   
  • Statistical methods for health technology assessment and evidence based medicine (online)               
  • Health technology assessment in a global context (online)

Please note: Some students may find the content of the MSc distressing. Sessions include gender based violence (domestic abuse, rape) human trafficking, torture, other infringements of human rights (chaining). If you would rather opt out of viewing this content, please let the programme director know.