Global Mental Health (M.Sc.)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
16 in Year 1 (up to 20 by Year 4) Places


Course Overview

Based in the Trinity Centre for Global Health, an interdisciplinary centre co-located across the Schools of Psychology and Medicine, the Masters in Global Mental Health is a one-year, full-time (or two year part-time) taught programme offering an in-depth, critical exploration in the area of global mental health.

The course covers a range of cognate topics, including inequalities in the prevalence and development of a broad range of mental health difficulties; social determinants of mental health and wellbeing; a focus on context and culture; the accessibility and acceptability of evidence-based interventions; and international and national mental health systems, focused on humanitarian and emergency settings.

Students enrolled on the M.Sc. Global Mental Health programme will receive extensive theoretical and practical training on programming within Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), delivered in collaboration with international and non- governmental humanitarian organisations.

Students will also receive advanced training in global mental health research, including qualitative and quantitative methodologies, as well as research ethics. Students are required to complete an independent research dissertation, with opportunities to benefit from collaboration with the Trinity Centre for Global Health’s existing partners that include public health agencies, international non-governmental organisations, and universities around the world.

Is This Course For Me?

This programme is intended for individuals from a wide range of disciplines and professions who wish to develop an understanding of health issues that integrate health and social science perspectives in a global context. As global mental health is a multidisciplinary field, applicants can be graduates of any academic discipline.

Career Opportunities

The Masters in Global Mental Health provides students with opportunities for professional development, including the building of knowledge and skills related to assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties; health system equity and emergency response; a critical analysis of definitions and measurements of mental health and treatment outcomes with attention to context and culture, ethical consideration for practice and research, and practical Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and evaluation skills.

Graduates have pursued careers in global mental health research, mental health and psychosocial programming, project management, and policy, among a variety of other fields related to global mental health issues.

Course Structure

The M.Sc. in Global Mental Health is full-time programme. Students must complete the equivalent of 90 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits to graduate: 60 credits for the taught component and 30 ECTS credits for the dissertation. The academic year is divided into three terms, Michealmas (Term 1), Hilary (Term 2) and Trinity (Term 3). The first two terms form the taught component of the course, and the last term is to finalise the research dissertation requirement. 

Course Content

Modules may change from year to year in order to reflect current thematic changes and remain relevant and responsive to international policy priorities for health.

Modules taught in recent years include: Conceptualisations of Global Health; Epidemiology; Culture Health and Illness; Quantitative Research Methods for Global Health; Advanced Quantitative Methods for Global Mental Health; Reviews and Qualitative Research for Global Health; Global Child and Adolescent Mental Health; Project Cycle Management for Global Health; Global Health in Humanitarian Contexts; Mental and Cognitive Health in Ageing: A Global Perspective; Double module: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies; and a mandatory Research Dissertation.

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Study Global Mental Health (M.Sc.) at Trinity

Learn about Trinity College Dublin’s Global Mental Health postgraduate programme.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

16 in Year 1 (up to 20 by Year 4) Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Director

Dr Tania Bosqui

Closing Date

28th June 2024

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Admission Requirements

Applicants will be expected to have an Honours Bachelor's degree at 2.1 or above, in a global health-related and/or psychology-cognate area from a recognised university.

Applicants should also have international experience, a strong interest in global mental health, and meet Trinity's English language proficiency requirements.

Course Fees

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Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 8964177

Dr. Tania Bosqui (course director):

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