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Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: PG Dip Indicative duration: 16 months
Awarding body: University of Essex Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning For queries: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358

Has the pandemic made you more aware of wellbeing? Looking to learn how you can support others with their mental health? Then consider our 100% online Postgraduate Diploma in Global Mental Health and Wellbeing.  

This 16-month online course is designed for everyone from HR managers to healthcare professionals, to ensure the right mental health support is available in the workplace. You’ll gain a broad introduction to mental health and wellbeing on a global scale, while studying policies and ethics relevant to the field.  

You’ll explore a fascinating range of topics, including: 

  • social and cultural aspects which impact global mental health 
  • epidemiology from public health and global mental health perspectives 
  • the design and delivery of policies in line with international guidelines 

And upon completion of your Postgraduate Diploma (awarded at 120 credits), you can progress to study for the full MSc Global Mental Health and Wellbeing (180 credits).  

Why we’re great

  • You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods, including peer presentations, discussion forums and written essays. 
  • You’ll be able to take a more clinical or holistic pathway, or a combination of both, with a range of optional modules to tailor your learning to your interests. 
  • Each module incorporates critical thinking and practical tasks to help develop essential skills for the workplace. 

The PG Dip Global Mental Health and Wellbeing is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 credits.

Optional modules: choose two.

Mental health became a big topic during the pandemic – not just nationally, but on a global scale. This in-depth module introduces you to common issues faced by the world population, global policies and frameworks, and social and cultural factors which impact on wellbeing. That way, you can begin to implement methods for better mental health within your own organisation.

In this comprehensive module, you’ll discover the main principles of epidemiology, while embarking on interesting statistical concepts and the analysis of key trends. Apply a theoretical and practical approach to learning and become better-informed about the broader public health environment.  

From early infancy to old age, this thought-provoking module examines mental health across the whole life course. You’ll investigate global issues, the role of mental health services, as well as mental health policies – so that by the end you can critically identify support and therapeutic treatments to encourage recovery and greater wellbeing. 

What policies affect mental health on an international scale? Find out with this in-depth module. You’ll investigate various frameworks, ethics, attitudes and agreements – allowing you to pay particular attention to the design, implementation and evaluation of policy decisions in your own workplace. 

What are the current issues which affect mental health in a global context? Uncover the answer with this fascinating module, as you analyse policy frameworks, transcultural psychiatry, recovery methods, peer support and more. Plus, you'll gain a helpful introduction to the contemporary services and interventions available to help manage mental health issues. 

Looking to progress into management? Develop an advanced skillset that’s valuable across a range of roles with this exciting module. All key theories and methods are shaped across six overarching themes: communication, leadership & management, reflective practice, problem-solving, personal development and action learning.  

From stigma and media portrayal to self-harm and barriers in the way of support, this engrossing module explores all aspects of mental health and wellbeing. Upon completion, you’ll be able to distinguish between ‘mental health’, ‘mental distress’ and ‘mental illness’ – while recognising the differences in mental ill health at different life stages. 

This thought-provoking module explores the impact of dementia on the individual, their caregivers, loved ones and the wider community. You’ll explore a wide range of topics – including the biopsychosocial model of dementia, dementia care and current issues in dementia practice – giving you a deeper understanding of how to provide quality care for those with the condition.

Teaching methods 

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access. 

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including: 

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments 
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students 
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors 
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals 
  • support from academic staff and your Student Support team 

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students. 


Assessment methods  

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces. 

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways: 

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent. 
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme. 
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform. 
  • There is a seven-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work. 
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise. 


Study duration 

Our PG Dip Global Mental Health and Wellbeing has an indicative study duration of 16 months, which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability. 

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply. 

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process. 

All our courses have regular start dates throughout the year. 

On successful completion of your course, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus. 

All our Global Mental Health and Wellbeing courses are designed with a specific focus on employability. Upon graduation, you will have the skills and experience required to pursue a career as a Mentor, Coach, Manager, Mental Health Lead or Wellbeing Adviser. With further training you could also become a Specialist Nurse, Specialist Mental Health Practitioner or Health Service Manager.  Additionally, you may wish to further your studies with our MSc Global Mental Health and Wellbeing. 

Gaining a postgraduate qualification with the University of Essex Online also puts you in good stead for your career prospects. Results from our 2021 student survey showed:

  • 92% of students said their course helped develop their research skills
  • 89% of students say their studies fit with their future plans
  • Almost 60% said their studies had a positive effect on their career
  • 25% of students saw their salaries increase by up to 10%

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English Language Requirements. 

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies. 

Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our PG Dip Global Mental Health and Wellbeing, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum: 

  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification 

Work experience entry route

In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our PG Dip Global Mental Health and Wellbeing, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • at least three years’ relevant work experience within a mental health/health and social care field. 

We may also consider students from a more generic people support, workforce or HR background where relevant experience can be demonstrated 

English language requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency is required in this language. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.  

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries. 

Full tuition fee: 

£8,111 UK / £8,285 International (2023-24) Δ 

  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies. 
  • Full payment discount of 5% if you pay upfront. 
  • Regional scholarship available for international students based overseas in eligible countries. 
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online. 
  • 10% corporate discount available when three or more of your employees study with us. 

Please note, a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. The corporate discount can only be used in combination with our upfront payment discount, but not in conjunction with any other discount or scholarship. Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here. 

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits.  

Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process. 

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach modules on our PG Dip Global Mental Health and Wellbeing are true experts in the field. 

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