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Online MSc in Global Mental Health

Bridge the global mental health treatment gap

Study online, on your terms

The online Masters in Global Mental Health from the University of Glasgow emphasises the important role that social and cultural factors play in how mental health difficulties can be understood and treated. It is designed to produce graduates who can take charge of mental health service provision at a global level. This programme opens a world of opportunity for passionate people to create sustainable strategies, address the treatment gap and actively lead positive change in the treatment of mental health issues.

Focusing on the impact of social and cultural factors 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).

Join an institution where ambitious people are driven to succeed. Study our online Masters in Global Mental Health and start changing the world today.

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2.5 years – 6 years part-time

Start dates

January, April and September


Payable in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits, totalling £15,000*. Discounts may be applicable to NHS funded students.

Entry requirements

2:1 or equivalent in a relevant subject from a recognised institution.

International students

Applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

Understand the impact of culture and society on mental health

As a Global Mental Health student, you will undertake assessments that directly align with your career goals, offering podcasts, presentations or posters – whatever helps you learn and achieve your career goals. Led by a faculty with a breadth of experience in all aspects of mental health, including everything from psychiatry and psychology to epidemiology, this gives you the flexibility to choose your own line of research. We’ll keep you engaged and inspired to develop strong research of your own. 

This online programme offers a choice of pathways in health promotion or our general pathway. These options are designed for you to tailor your studies to your unique experiences and provide the skills needed to support career development in this field.

Discover some of our courses that feature in our 100% online programme below.

This course will explore how mental health and disability legislation varies between high-income versus low and middle-income countries. The course will also critically discuss how international law influences mental health and disability policies across different settings.

This course will explore how the manifestation of mental health difficulties can vary across time and cultures. The course will also critically discuss attempts to identify biological mechanisms underlying mental health difficulties and the interplay that these mechanisms might have with social factors.

This course will explore ways in which mental health difficulties can manifest across the life-span. The course will also 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).

Interactive online learning

No matter where you are, you can experience relevant learning that applies to the real world as you build community with students from over 83 countries worldwide.**

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Career prospects

Throughout your time at Glasgow, you will be closely supported in preparing for your future career in global health. There will also be an opportunity to organise an event that brings together leading global health professionals and benefit from their experience of forging a successful career in this field.

Our graduates have gone on to various careers, and many have gone on to study for PhDs in related fields (the MRes is accredited as providing PhD-level research methods training).

Top jobs for our students***

  1. Mental Health 12.50%
  2. Nurse 11.11%
  3. Psychiatry/Psychotherapist 9.72%
  4. Doctor/Dentist 8.33%
  5. Education 6.94%

Programme outcomes

Over 500 years of groundbreaking research

The University of Glasgow has been changing the world since 1451. Let our history of excellence inspire the history you will make. Study online with us and start making your impact on the world today.

Ranked in the top 100 of the world’s universities1

95% of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences research was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent – REF 20212

Scottish University of the Year 20223

“My academic experience has been rewarding, thought provoking and I enjoy being part of a global community of like-minded students looking for real solutions to real global problems in mental health care.”

– Erin Harvey, Online MSc Global Mental Health student.

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  1. “Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022,” The Times and Sunday Times. Retrieved 28 April 2022, from
  2. “REF 2021” The Research Excellence Framework (REF). Retrieved 17 May 2022, from
  3. “Scottish University of the Year,” Good University Guide 2022, The Times and Sunday Times. Retrieved 1 January 2022, from

* Fees: Payable in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits totalling £15,000. Students may pay discounted rate if they qualify for NHS funding. Fee information is subject to changes and is for guidance only.

** We have students in 83 countries around the world. Data accessed April 2022.

*** Data as of May 2022.