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    1 Year


When it comes to investment, mental health trails far behind other fields of health care. This opens a world of opportunity for passionate people to create sustainable strategies, address the treatment gap and lead the charge for mental well-being.

Our Online Global Mental Health PgCert is designed to produce graduates who can take charge of mental health service provision at a global level. It is the only 100% online Global Mental Health postgraduate programme available anywhere in the world.

The programme emphasises the important role that social and cultural factors play in how mental health difficulties can be understood and treated across the globe.

By studying the Global Mental Health PgCert, you'll be exposed to leading research, cutting-edge topics and first-hand insights from our renowned Institute of Health & Wellbeing. The global burden of mental health difficulties and improving access to mental health globally are just a couple of the topics explored.

Were committed to preventing disease, improving health and well-being, and reducing inequalities locally, nationally and globally.

The core teaching is based around lectures. Through discussion and debate with a diverse, global community of students, focusing on relevant research literature and policy documents, you'll be just as immersed in the content as if you were studying in a physical classroom. You'll gain the confidence to grow your career by advising, guiding or researching mental health policy, helping you make a real difference to the world.

Contributors to the Global Mental Health programme come from a diverse range of disciplines including clinical psychology, social work, anthropology, sociology, law and psychiatry. Teaching is also delivered by people who have been affected by mental health difficulties.


On successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Offer specialist knowledge and confidence in addressing mental health service provision
  • Think critically about the risks of globalising ideas around mental illness
  • Develop and implement policies to reduce the burden of mental health
  • Understand the impact of social and cultural factors on global mental health

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).


For career professionals or recent graduates hoping to lead international mental health services, this may be just the programme for you. 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.


You will take one 20 credit core course and select from two 20 credit optional courses. The core teaching across all courses is based around lectures. There is also a strong emphasis on discussion and debate with your fellow students, focusing on relevant research literature and policy documents.

Assignments have been based on graduate attributes which are unique to the University. These help students to learn the soft skills associated with professions and are designed to allow them to obtain their career goals. Throughout each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, podcasts, posters, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work. Details of these assignments are found in your induction.

The duration of this programme is 1 year - 2 years taken on a part-time basis. For details on full-time options request more information to speak to an admissions representative.

Please note: Some students may find the content of the postgraduate certificate 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

  • MED5587Themes in Global Mental Health20 Credits

    This course aims to enable students to develop an understanding of how mental health difficulties are classified and to develop an awareness of their epidemiology, and to introduce students to fundamental issues in Global Mental Health in particular concepts such as the treatment-gap will be explored. This course also aims to explore the concepts of: illness, disability and recovery, and aims to enable students to learn about the distinctions between different types of psychological therapy, the association between mental and physical health and will discuss the ways in which the burden of mental health difficulties are measured. Finally this course aims to enable students to critically discuss key publications related to Global Mental Health.

  • MED5445Cultural, Social and Biological Determinants of Mental Health20 Credits

    Find out how the manifestation of mental health difficulties can vary across time and cultures. Critically discuss attempts to identify biological mechanisms underlying mental health difficulties and the interplay that these mechanisms might have with social factors.

  • MED5447Improving Access to Mental Health Care in the Global Context20 Credits

    Highlighting the scale of the treatment gap for mental health difficulties in low and middle-income countries, this course will also explore ways of making culturally appropriate, evidence-based treatments available to large numbers of individuals in a cost-effective and sustainable way.

  • MED5449Mental Health Promotion Across the Lifespan20 Credits

    This course will explore ways in which mental health difficulties can manifest across the life-span. You will critically discuss ways in which awareness can be heightened and interventions adapted to promote mental health in particular age groups (e.g. mothers and babies, adolescents and older adults).

  • MED5450Mental Health and Disability: International Law and Policy20 Credits

    Learn how mental health and disability legislation varies between high-income and low to middle-income countries. You will also critically discuss how international law influences mental health and disability policies across different settings.

  • MED5499Research Methods in Health and Wellbeing20 Credits

    Gain an overview of research methods including qualitative, quantitative and health-economic approaches. This course will help you to critically appraise research methodologies employed in peer-reviewed research papers.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (i.e. psychology, occupational therapy, law, public health, geography, anthropology 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.
  2. A background in a mental health field is desirable but not essential (e.g. study, work or volunteer activities).
  3. If your first language is not English, you must have a valid IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band or an equivalent English language qualification. For more information visit our FAQs page, or contact your recruitment coordinator to discuss your credentials and English language requirements.

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online for our this programme. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • 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 or certified English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s).
  • One reference letter on headed paper.
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English).
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (if detailed above).
  • Up to date Curriculum Vitae and a supporting statement.

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

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.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
2 Sep 2020
21 Sep 2020

Key Dates International

Application Deadline
Start Date
2 Sep 2020
21 Sep 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £5,000*
  • International: £5,000*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does the programme cost?

Part-time fees 1,667 per 20 credits

Fees for NHS-funded students:

939 per 20 credits (Total: 2,817)

Can I get help to fund my studies?

You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work.

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