M.Sc. On Campus Online

Mental Health Cultural Psychology and Psychiatry

Queen Mary University of London

12 months
20750 GBP/year
10250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


This Mental Health: Cultural Psychology and Psychiatry MSc will give you a sophisticated understanding of the impact of socio-cultural factors in mental health, mental illness and mental health care, with a specific focus on the role of culture in the diagnosis of mental illness and in the delivery of different psychological and psychiatric therapeutic approaches. You’ll understand the cultural contexts of mental health problems, learn about the innovative ways care is delivered cross-culturally and gain experience of working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.Available to study on campus or online, full-time over one year or part-time for two years.


  • Develop a critical insight into the role of culture in mental health as well as psychological and psychiatric practice, enhancing both your clinical and research skills.
  • Gain a global perspective on the ethical and methodological challenges of mental health research and practice in various settings worldwide, in multicultural societies and with diverse populations enabling you to work with culturally diverse populations.
  • Take a supervised placement in a clinical setting or mental health organisation.
  • Gain a comprehensive training in research methods and writing.
  • Learn from leading experts in the field.

What you'll study

This programme is designed to improve your understanding of the impact of socio-cultural factors on mental health, mental illness and mental health care disciplines and delivery. It will enable you to work in a research or mental health care role in a multicultural setting both here in the UK and abroad as well as put you in a position to pursue further training to qualify as a therapist, social worker or clinical psychologist.

You will examine how cultural factors such as belief systems, values, ethnicity, practices and traditions can affect an individual’s mental health risk – and their resilience. You’ll also look at how migration, race and other cultural phenomena intersect to create mental health challenges and how these can be addressed in direct clinical practice and mental health care systems through the implementation of innovative therapies as well as the adaptation of current psychological approaches and care pathways.

You’ll organise and complete a supervised placement with a mental health service or organisation that provides support to a diverse range of people (eg the NHS, a third sector organisation or a global mental health and development agency). Clinical placements will give you experience of supervised practice and will develop your ability to work with emotional, behavioural and psychological distress within and across different cultural contexts. An organisational/policy focused placement will give you the opportunity to observe and engage in the cultural processes that shape how mental health services are structured and delivered.   

In addition, you’ll develop your research skills and complete a research project. 

Please note this programme does not equip you to be registered as a psychotherapist in the UK, for which you must pursue additional advanced training.

Mental Health: Cultural Psychology and Psychiatry is also available to study to PgDip or PgCert level.

Programme Structure

  • Six compulsory modules
  • 10,000-15,000-word dissertation

Please see website for up-to-date module information

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Friday 10 Sep 2021 - Deadline for posgraduate distance learning applications and postgraduate Home applications




30 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

2:2 or above at undergraduate level in Psychology, Medicine or a related discipline.Additional information

Intercalating MBBS students are welcome to apply

Please see website for full entry requirements

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    20750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20750 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10250 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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