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    2.5 Years


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 MSc 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 MSc, you'll be exposed to leading research, cutting-edge topics and first-hand insights from our renowned Institute of Health & Well-being. 

The global burden of mental health difficulties and improving access to mental health globally are just a couple of the topics explored.

Together, 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.


Whether you join us in September, January or April, you will take a course immediately available to you, i.e. if beginning in September, take Semester 1 course Themes in Global Mental Health. If beginning in January, take a Semester 2 course, e.g. Mental Health Promotion Across the Lifespan. If beginning in April, take Semester 3/Summer course Mental Health and Disability: International Law & Policy or discuss an appropriate alternative with your Adviser of Studies.

You will take three 20 credit courses in your first year, followed by optional courses totalling 60 credits in your second year. You will finish your studies with a 60 credit dissertation.

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 2.5 years - 6 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 MSc 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

  • MED5446PDissertation60 Credits

    Designed to synthesise and apply the knowledge that you will have acquired throughout the programme to an area of your own specific research interest. The dissertation will enable you to demonstrate your research skills, work under supervision and develop academic writing skills.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MED5023Health Economics for HTA20 Credits

    Gain a fundamental grounding in health economics and the practical elements of economic evaluation that are integral to health technology assessment.

  • MED5275HTA: Policy and Principles20 Credits

    Incorporates traditional lectures, seminar and tutorial sessions to provide you with both a theoretical and a practical understanding of the policy and principles behind, and the techniques involved with, the process of health technology assessment.

  • MED5372Statistical methods for Health Technology Assessment and Evidence Based Medicine20 Credits

    This course will deliver the fundamentals of statistical methodology that underpin health technology assessment (HTA) and evidence-based medicine (EBM).

  • MED5377Health Technology Assessment in a Global Context20 Credits

    An introduction to health technology assessment from a global perspective. This course will cover HTA in different contexts, exploring geographical variation among high-income countries as well as looking in more depth at how and why decision making in healthcare may differ in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

  • MED5378Analysis of Linked Health Data20 Credits

    Delivers core components of identifying, combining and analysing routinely collected health data. The course covers aspects of information governance and disclosure control, and focuses on data management, manipulation and advanced methods of data analysis. This course is aimed at health, social and clinical researchers who wish to learn techniques and skills to analyse linked health data.

  • MED5379Outcome Measurement and Valuation for Health Technology Assessment (must be taken with MED5454)10 Credits

    During this course, you’ll gain a basic understanding of outcome measurement and valuation methodologies within health technology assessment. The course presents the theory behind outcome measures and introduces practical techniques valuing health, non-health and process outcomes.

  • MED5431Globalisation And Public Health20 Credits

    Provides an analysis of globalisation and its impact on public health by examining the major health-related themes within the globalisation debate. Several major global health challenges and their overall impact on the global burden of disease will be studied.

  • MED5432Health Promotion: Principles And Practice20 Credits

    The principles, methods and theoretical approaches to health promotion and improvement will be presented and studied in this course. The planning and evaluation of health promotion programmes at local, regional and national levels will serve as a particular focus.

  • MED5435Psychosocial Approaches to Public Health20 Credits

    Explore the main psychological and sociological concepts of direct relevance to public health. A range of important psychological and sociological concepts of direct relevance to public health will be introduced in this course. Students will analyse the contribution of these knowledge bodies to current public health priorities.

  • MED5436Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health20 Credits

    Provides an analysis of globalisation and its impact on public health by examining the major health-related themes within the globalisation debate. Several major global health challenges and their overall impact on the global burden of disease will be studied.

  • MED5437Understanding Evidence for the Real World: Critical Appraisal for Healthcare20 Credits

    You will gain the necessary skills to find, appraise and understand a range of different study designs common in the health care research literature, to better appraise numerical data presented in the media, social media and the internet, and to better discuss concepts such as risk with patients and the public.

  • 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 Life-span20 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).

  • MED5454Qualitative Research Methods for Health Technology Assessment (must be taken with MED5379)10 Credits

    Explore the purpose and appropriate use of qualitative research methods in health technology assessment through recorded lectures and practical sessions. We’ll discuss the application of qualitative methods to conceptual modelling, informing trial design, contexts, and measures, and their uses in HTA where uncertainty is high.

  • MED5477Introduction to Statistical Methods20 Credits

    This course assumes no prior knowledge of statistics. It covers graphical and numerical methods of displaying and summarising data along with the use and interpretation of confidence intervals, significance tests (t-tests, chi-square tests, etc.), correlation and linear regression. You’ll acquire hands-on experience of using appropriate statistical software to carry out these analyses.

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 (e.g. psychology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, law, public health 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
6 Apr 2020
20 Apr 2020

Key Dates International

Application Deadline
Start Date
6 Apr 2020
20 Apr 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £15,000*
  • International: £15,000*

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

How much does this programme cost?
Part-time fees 1,667 per 20 credits

Fees for NHS-funded students:

939 per 20 credits (Total: 8,451*)

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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