Postgraduate taught 

Global Mental Health with specialism in health promotion MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Our Global Mental Health specialisms were introduced to allow students who may have a particular interest in health promotion to take their learning further and work towards a Masters within a specialised area. This Masters is designed to produce graduates who can take charge of mental health service provision at a global level.

  • MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part‑time
  • PgDip: 12 months full-time; 24 months part‑time
  • PgCert: 12 months full-time; 12 months part‑time

Why this programme

  • You will develop the capacity to think critically about the potential risks of globalising notions of mental illness. You will gain the skills to develop and implement policies aimed at reducing the burden of mental health difficulties worldwide.
  • The 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
  • The MSc Global Mental Health programme at the University of Glasgow places specific emphasis 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 the MSc Global Mental Health 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.

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

Core courses

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

Electives (semester 2) 

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.

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.

Career prospects

Graduates of the MSc 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.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2019-20

MSc

Home and EU

  • Full-time fee: £8450
  • Part-time fee: £939 per 20 credits

International

  • Full-time fee: £22500

PgDip

Home and EU

  • Full-time fee: £5333
  • Part-time fee: £889 per 20 credits

International

  • Full-time fee: £14013

PgCert

Home and EU

  • Full-time fee: £2667
  • Part-time fee: £889 per 20 credits

International

  • Full-time fee: £7007

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £320
  • Registration/exam only fee: £150

Funding opportunities

Wheatley Foundation Bursary

A Wheatley Foundation bursary is a grant that customers living in our homes can apply for to support them to achieve their educational goals and help them on the career path they wish to undertake. It will also aim to offer employability support like CV support and internships where appropriate.  A bursary award can support you for the costs of books, equipment, travel costs, childcare or other living costs that will help you to complete a course.

More Information

Humanitarian Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering 4 scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2019. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £4,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria please see the Residential Services section on the website.

We are also offering 4 scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £5,000 per year stipend toward living costs per year of study.

More Information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

Entry requirements

At least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (psychology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, law, public health or public policy). A registered health-care professional qualification will also be acceptable.

A background (study, work or volunteer activities) in a mental health-related field is desirable but not essential.

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)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

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 an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test 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:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk


 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries. Find out more about visa requirements, and the support we offer:

How to apply

Please note you cannot apply directly for a Global Mental Health specialism. All applications are made via the Global Mental Health programme page.

Specialisms are then chosen at a later date.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2019 
  • UK and EU applications: 25 August 2019

Classes start September 2019 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.