Mental Health: Cultural and Global Perspectives

MRes ( 1 year Full-time )


There is a growing recognition that mental health, mental illness and treatment/care are situated within socio-cultural contexts. Cultural factors such as belief systems, values, norms, practices and traditions impact on the risk and resilience towards developing mental health problems and suicidal behaviours. Furthermore, current phenomena such as globalisation and large scale displacements of populations create new strengths and vulnerabilities in mental health.

Stigma, discrimination, social injustice, health inequalities and resource availability all prevent access to appropriate mental health care. Mental health services must reflect the cultural diversity of populations and improve cultural competence and responsiveness to address these issues.

This MRes is for students who are interested in understanding the impact of socio-cultural factors in mental health, mental illness and mental health care who are seeking to go on to further doctoral research training through the LISS DTP Programme.  It suits those who wish to pursue careers in research and clinical practice worldwide as well as those already working in this area.

There are three overall learning objectives for students:

  • Learn about assessing mental health problems and understanding their origins and how to help recovery
  • Obtain a global perspective on mental health including recognition of the importance and challenges in working with culturally-diverse populations as well as approaches and practices relevant to addressing these challenges.
  • Learn about research methods and deliver an original research project.

Why Us?


The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results have shown that Queen Mary University of London has risen to 9th place among multi-faculty institutions in the UK.
The Centre for Psychiatry was ranked 5th in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 for research on public health, health services and primary care.

Key Academics

Course Directors

Professor Simon Dein

Taught Programmes Lead
Dr Mark Freestone

Senior Lecturer & DL Lead tutor
Dr Heidrun Bien

Further Information on general course queries and applications

MRes Administrator
0207 882 2013

Programme Information – Important points to note

Detailed programme information can also be found on:

For detailed information please see attached Postgraduate Academy, Mental Health programme brochure

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*All new courses are required to undergo a two-stage internal review and approval process before being advertised to students. Courses that are marked "subject to approval" have successfully completed the first stage of this process. Applications are welcome but we will not make formal offers for this course until it has passed this second (and final) stage.




The MRes programme consists of five modules. Students may only enrol for an MRes, and completion of all three modules is required for the MRes award.

In term 1, students take the 1st module: Mental Health: Theory and Practice, an introduction to major key concepts in mental healthcare (30 credits) and the first research training module, Introduction to Social Science Research 1, covering epistemology, research design, and qualitative methods (30 credits). In term 2, students take the 2nd applied module: Cultural Contexts of Mental Healthcare (30 credits), as well as the research module Introduction to Social Science Research 2, covering quantitative methods and data (30 credits). In term 3 students will receive tutorials with their supervisor towards the completion of their MRes dissertation (60 credits).

Teaching takes place on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.

Period of Study: one year full time.


Mental Health: Theory and Practice (30 credits)

The module will familiarize the students with basic concepts in mental health. The participants will learn about the modern definitions and classifications of mental disorders, as well as some methods of treatment. Several types of mental disorders, including personality disorders and psychosis, will be discussed in detail. The module will also cover epidemiology of mental disorders in diverse populations and ways of assessing and treating psychological problems in various populations.

This module will be run in the Term 1 and will be compulsory for all students taking the MRes Mental Health: Psychological Therapies and MRes Mental Health: Cultural and Global Perspectives in Mental Health.

Cultural Contexts of Mental Health (30 credits)

This module will discuss the key issues in the transcultural psychiatry. The topics will include differences in clinical manifestation of mental disorders across cultural, challenges of diagnosis in a multicultural environment, specific needs of ethnic minorities in terms of care and treatment. The students will be encouraged to reflect on the impact of cultural context on the development and treatment of mental disorders. The impact of migration on mental health will also be covered.

The module will be run in the second term and will be compulsory for all students who take the MRes Mental Health: Cultural and Global Perspective in Mental Health Care.

Examples of lecture content:

  1. refugee and migration mental health issues
  2. global mental health
  3. religion and spirituality
  4. health inequalities and human rights
  5. gender-based violence
  6. suicide and suicide prevention in different cultural settings.

Teaching is dynamic and incorporates the insight and knowledge of experts in the field. Teaching is comprised of role play, workshops and video as well as lecture materials.

Social Science Research Training (60 credits)

Introduction to Social Science Research 1: epistemology, research design, and qualitative methods (30 credits)

Introduction to Social Science Research 2: quantitative methods and data (30 credits)



Entry requirements

Entry requirement

All students wishing to register for the MRes Cultural & Global Perspectives in Mental Healthcare must already be accepted onto the ESRC Doctoral Training Programme based at QMUL. Please contact Angela Kamara, Doctoral Training Administrator, for further information.

Other students in interested in this course should apply through the MSc route.

UK Students

Applicants should have a first degree in a related subject and/or a professional qualification with a minimum of one year’s appropriate experience. We wish to include people from diverse backgrounds and career pathways especially people working in the independent and voluntary sector and NHS.

International Students

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website here. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will be assigned an Academic Tutor who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.



You will have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource. You will have access to a large collection of basic medical and dental texts in the main library at Mile End. The Library is open seven days a week. This resource is complemented by the two large medical and dental archives based at the Royal London and at Barts in older, architecturally distinguished buildings that are well worth a visit just to experience their atmosphere.

The diversity of our student body and our research profile reflects our location in one of the most culturally diverse areas of London.

For further information, you can also visit the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry website.


Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


You will be assessed through a range of methods, including examination and written coursework. By module, these include:

  • Module 1: Oral presentation and written examination.
  • Module 2: Research proposal
  • Module 3: Oral presentation and written examination.
  • Module 4: Two small research projects




Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £8,950
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £16,850
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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