M.Sc. On Campus

Global Mental Health and Society

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
25300 GBP/year
16200 GBP/year
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The MSc in Global Mental Health and Society from The University of Edinburgh is offered as one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme.


Global Mental Health - interdisciplinary approaches at Edinburgh

  • Do you want to examine how mental health is understood and addressed cross-culturally across the world?

  • Are you interested in the social drivers of poor mental health and ways to address these?

  • Do you want to play a role in transforming mental health care globally?

Mental health and well-being are crucial global health and social welfare policy concerns with significant resources and research devoted to this area.

This MSc in Global Mental Health and Society from The University of Edinburgh offers you opportunities to develop:

  • critical perspectives on global mental health policy
  • practice and research
  • space for creating transformative possibilities
  • tools for conceptual and practice innovation

A hybrid academic discipline

Global mental health is emerging as a hybrid academic discipline with academic training programmes, journals, textbooks and research consortiums - primarily in the UK and the USA, but also in Canada and Europe.

Much of this activity has been situated in psychiatry and public health disciplines - with a growing body of scholarly work from other professional and social science disciplines including medical anthropology, social work, international development, and clinical psychology.

The role of the social sciences in global mental health is crucial to:

  • further critical understandings of how conceptions of ‘distress’ and ‘mental health’ are socially, culturally and politically constructed in different contexts
  • theorising the intersections between social and economic development and mental health
  • developing effective interdisciplinary approaches to addressing the mental health-development interface

However, there are as yet no social science-led postgraduate global mental health programmes in the UK.

Career opportunities

Global mental health is a growing field with significant recent and ongoing investment from multilateral development agencies and governments, in both research and implementation.

This qualification will be help prepare you for careers in global mental health policy, implementation and research.

You would also be qualified to undertake similar careers with the UK health sector.

Programme Structure

The first core course, Culture and Mental Health, engages you in theorising and problematising key concepts such as:

  • ‘mental health’
  • ‘mental illness'
  • ‘emotion’
  • ‘trauma’
  • western diagnostic categories
  • ‘healing’

This course also gets you to examine their cross-cultural application in practice.

This course will draw primarily on literature from:

  • medical anthropology
  • psychological anthropology
  • transcultural psychiatry
  • cross-cultural psychology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.
  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 20 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16200 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time 2 years 

  • Home: £8,100
    • International/EU: £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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