12 months
19250 GBP/year
10950 GBP/year
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On this Public Mental Health MSc programme at Queen Mary University of London, you will learn to consider the importance of cultural competence when making clinical decisions about the care and management of those suffering from poor mental health. 


What you'll study

This is a collaborative programme taught by the Centre for Global Public Health, and the Centre for Psychiatry. As a student of this programme you will consider issues of mental health within the context of culture. As a mental health professional, your learning will take place within a broader public health curriculum that covers: 

  • basic epidemiology and statistics
  • an understanding of health systems policy, including health financing and human resource policy
  • an introduction to the social determinants of health
  • medical anthropology
  • an understanding of research, evidence and epistemology

You will go on to study cultural and global perspectives in mental health care. Much mental health research and clinical practice in the UK is still Eurocentric in its approach and in its research findings and does not always fully consider the cultural background of the patients it seeks to help. In a globalised world, mutual understanding and respect are essential, and you will gain insights from anthropology, sociology and geography as well as psychiatry and psychology.

Finally, you will complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice in the field of mental health care, mental health policy or public mental health.

Career paths

This Public Mental Health MSc course at Queen Mary University of London is intended for both professionals currently active in mental health services, and more recent graduates with an interest in working on a global scale. Including:

  • clinicians working in psychiatry, clinical psychology and other settings who have an interest in the public health and socio-cultural dimensions of mental illness
  • health managers (working at facility, district, provincial or national levels), policymakers, commissioners and activists who want to develop a public health understanding of mental health policy and mental healthcare systems
  • graduates seeking to work in healthcare management
  • anyone wanting to develop a research career in mental health policy, mental health care systems, the socio-cultural determinants of mental illness or cultural psychiatry.

For those with a public health background or interest, this MSc will help you develop expertise in tackling the unmet need of mental illness.

Programme Structure

Compulsory/Core modules

  • Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health
  • Evidence, Policy and Global Health
  • Health Systems Policy and Practice
  • Public Mental Health Dissertation
  • Applied Research Methods 2: Practice

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

Degree requirements

  • A 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in a relevant subject such as Medicine, Nursing, the health sciences or the social sciences.
  • Applicants with a 2:2 degree and relevant experience in the field will be considered on an individual basis.
Other routes
  • Candidates that do not currently meet the set entry requirements may also have the option to study the Graduate Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences. Meeting the required grades on completion of this programme will provide a pathway to study MSc Public Mental Health.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19250 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 19250 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10950 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 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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