Postgraduate taught 

Global Mental Health (online) MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

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The growing field of mental health needs experts who can create sustainable strategies, address the treatment gap and actively lead positive change in mental health treatment for a global market. At the University of Glasgow, our Global Mental Health programme will prepare you to fill these needs. 

Online learning at the University of Glasgow allows you to experience the outstanding education we are known for without the need for relocation. 

  • Duration: MSc in Global Mental Health (online) 30 months part‑time
  • PgDip: 24 months part‑time
  • PgCert: 12 months part‑time

Why this programme

Online MSc Global Mental Health Video
  • Through your studies in this mental health programme, you'll be exposed to leading research, cutting-edge topics and first-hand insights from our renowned School of Health & Wellbeing.
  • Gain the confidence to grow your career by advising, guiding or researching mental health policy, helping you make a real difference to the world.
  • Taught by world-leading researchers from the School of Health & WellbeingContributors to the Global Mental Health Master’s course come from a diverse range of disciplines including clinical psychology, social work, anthropology, sociology, law and psychiatry.
  • Our programme will prepare you for employment by emphasising the important role that social and cultural factors play in how mental health difficulties can be understood and treated across the globe. This programme is designed to produce passionate graduates who can take charge of mental health service provision at a global level. 
  • Focusing on the impact which social and cultural factors have on the awareness and treatment of mental health service provision, this programme matches goals set by the United Nations and those identified by the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health which were published in the world-leading science journal Nature (2011)
  • This online programme offers a choice of pathways in health promotion or our general pathway. These options are designed for you to tailor your studies to your unique experiences and provide the skills needed to support career development in this field.
  • Over 95% of the research submitted by the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework in 2021. 
  • The University of Glasgow is ranked 51st in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.
  • The School of Health & Wellbeing was awarded an Athena SWAN Gold Award in 2018 for equality and diversity.
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Programme structure

Postgraduate Global Mental Health Certificate

  • Year 1: 1 x 20 credit core courses, 2 x 20 credit optional courses

Postgraduate Global Mental Health Diploma

  • Year 1: 2 x 20 credit core courses and 1 x 20 credit optional course
  • Year 2: 1 x 20 credit core course 2 x 20 credit optional courses

MSc Global Mental Health Degree

  • Year 1: 2 x 20 credit core courses and 1 x 20 credit optional course
  • Year 2: 1 x 20 credit core course 2 x 20 credit optional courses
  • Year 3: 1 x 60 credit dissertation

MSc Global Mental Health Degree with Health Promotion

  • Year 1: 3 x 20 credit core courses
  • Year 2: 2 x 20 credit core courses 1 x 20 credit optional course
  • Year 3: 1 x 60 credit dissertation

Whether you join us in September, January or April, you will take a course immediately available to you.

For example, if beginning in September, take Semester 1 course 'Themes in Global Mental Health'. If beginning in January, take a Semester 2 course, e.g. 'Mental Health Promotion Across the Lifespan'. If beginning in April, take Semester 3/Summer course, e.g. 'Mental Health and Disability: International Law & Policy', or discuss an appropriate alternative with your Adviser of Studies.

With this programme you can choose your own specialist pathway in Health Promotion, or follow our general route, letting you tailor your studies to your unique experiences and career goals. 

Through videos, quizzes, discussion and debate with a diverse, global community of students, you will focus on relevant research literature and policy documents and gain an international perspective.  The University of Glasgow specially adapts programmes to the online format. You will attend interactive lectures, seminars and individual tutorials. You will also build important connections with fellow students by taking part in project and team work.

Our expert staff will assess your progression through each course in a variety of ways. This may include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, podcasts, assignments or group work . Details of these assignments are found in your induction.

Lessons and assignments are tailored to help students graduate with the skills they’ll need in their careers.   This helps students to learn the soft skills associated with professions and are designed to allow them to obtain their career goals.

Taken on a part-time basis, the duration of this programme is 2.5 to 6 years depending on the credential obtained. 

To discover more about the programme watch our webinar with the programme director or visit our articles section for more information.

For more detailed information on our courses, click the links below.

Core courses

Optional courses

PgDip and MSc only:

MSc only:

MSc in Global Mental Health  with specialism in Health Promotion

Core courses

Optional courses

The best takeaway of the course so far for me is the real examples of mental health services around the world that have helped shape my thinking about how to improve services for the population I am responsible for.” – Erin Harvey, Online Global Mental Health student

Programme outcomes

  • Critically evaluate the roles of cultural, social and biological factors in how mental health difficulties are manifested across the life-span and across cultures.
  • Formulate strategies to develop, deliver, improve access to and evaluate interventions for mental health difficulties in a global context.
  • Critically appraise different types of research evidence and publications which investigate relevant aspects of Global Mental Health.
  • Become familiarised with research methodology and gain a wider understanding of global mental health from an international perspective.

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

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

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Career prospects

This programme is designed for career professionals or recent graduates hoping to lead international mental health services. Whether you're looking for a position in government, an international agency or an NGO, we will empower you to forge your own mental health policies, strategies and services.

Graduates of our Global Mental Health programme establish careers in national mental health policy and planning, epidemiological and mental health services research, as well as advisory and advocacy roles in governments, international agencies and non-governmental organisations. Current students work as doctors, dentists, nurses, psychotherapists and managers. To learn more, read our article about where an online MSc in Global Health can take you.

My academic experience has been rewarding, thought provoking and I enjoy being part of a global community of like-minded students looking for real solutions to real global problems in mental health care.” – Erin Harvey, Online Global Mental Health student

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Fees & funding


UK / EU / International:

  • £15,000 (total cost)

You can pay in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits.


UK / EU / International:

  • £10,000 (total cost)

You can pay in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits.


UK / EU / International:

  • £5,000 (total cost)

You can pay in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits.

Fees are the same for Jan and Apr 2023 start

Fees for NHS-funded students (after NHS-discount): Jan/Apr 2023 entry: £1,112 per 20 credits, Sep 2023 entry: £1,174 per 20 credits

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

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Entry requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  • At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, law, public health or public policy) from a recognised institution. If you don’t have a suitable Honours degree, a registered health care professional qualification can also be considered.
  • A background in a mental health field is desirable but not essential (e.g. study, work or volunteer activities).

When you submit your application, please include:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • a supporting statement

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ibt, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic or Academic Online)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months, combined scores from 2 tests sat within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

Computer requirements for studying online

Broadband internet connection

  • 3 mbps or higher

Internet Browsers

Our online learning platform Moodle is compatible with any standards compliant web browser. This includes:


  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Internet Explorer


  • MobileSafari
  • Google Chrome

For the best experience and optimum security, we recommend that you keep your browser up to date. 

Javascript needs to be enabled within your browser

Please note: legacy browsers with known compatibility issues with Moodle 3.3 are:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and below
  • Safari 7 and below

Computer specifications

  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Operating system (minimum):
    • Microsoft Windows Vista service pack 1
    • Windows 7
    • Mac OS X v10.4.11+
  • Memory: 3GB of RAM or more
  • Hard disk: 300GB
  • Sound card and microphone
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Monitor and video card with 1024x768 display or higher

Mobile device specifications

  • iOS: latest (Apple Safari & Google Chrome)
  • Android: 4.4+ with latest Google Chrome

Other software

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Media player e.g. Windows Media Player or VLC
  • Word processing software (that outputs to the following file types for marking online: .doc, .docx, .html, .txt, .rft, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .hwp)
  • Anti-virus software

Advised hardware / software

  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Headset (ideally with a USB connector)
  • Webcam
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How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.


As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • An English language certificate/evidence of your English language ability may be required
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (non-EU students only)

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.

You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application, you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

Please ensure all documents are correctly named and are uploaded before you submit your application to prevent any delays with your file.

All documentation must be attached to your online application, but please remember your student recruitment coordinator is here to support you by reviewing it before you upload it, so feel free to send them over to your student recruitment coordinator before you submit your application. 

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible. 
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Online taught masters degrees begin in January, April and September. 
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript. It is important to upload official copies of your transcripts and certificates for your full academic history, from Undergraduate onwards. For example, if you have a bachelors and a masters degree, you must send documents from both degrees. 
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

If you have any difficulty in completing the application, please contact us.


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