MSc in Psychiatry

Social and Transcultural Psychiatry

The Master’s degree in Social and Transcultural Psychiatry is a specialized track nested within the Department of Psychiatry’s MSc program. The division brings together a unique group of faculty and students dedicated to the study of global mental health, psychiatric epidemiology, the mental health of indigenous peoples, immigrant and refugee mental health, ethnopsychology and ethnopsychiatry, and the anthropology of psychiatry. Students admitted to the Master’s program in Psychiatry may opt into the Social and Transcultural specialization, pending approval from the department and the support of a faculty member affiliated with the division.

Interested candidates should have undergraduate training in a discipline relevant to transcultural psychiatry, basic knowledge of statistics, and demonstrated excellence in academic work and research ability. Students following the Social and Transcultural track must complete the graduate seminars in Cultural Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, in addition to a third, 3-credit course approved by their supervisor. In addition, the degree emphasizes the design and conduct of a research project with the preparation of a thesis that aligns with the academic foci and methodologies of the division.

As a specialized track within the general program in Psychiatry, the Department of Psychiatry manages admission to the MSc in Social and Transcultural Psychiatry. Thus, all requirements for entry to the Department of Psychiatry apply. As such, interested candidates must secure the supervision of a faculty member in addition to funding to be considered for admission. As of January 2016, newly admitted students must guarantee an annual stipend sourced from the thesis supervisor, external fellowships, and awards provided by the department. Admitted students may enter the program in either the fall or winter semester. Applications for entry in the fall semester are due March 15, while applications for entry to the winter semester are due September 15. Candidates for Master's degrees must complete their degree within 3 years of initial registration.

The MSc program does not provide clinical training and does not contribute to qualification for clinical practice. The Department of Psychiatry also offers an ad hoc PhD in Psychiatry.

Prospective applicants should direct themselves to the Department of Psychiatry’s graduate application page and FAQ page for detailed information concerning admissions.

Protocol for contacting potential supervisors:

Before contacting faculty, please make sure to read all the information available on the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry page, the Department of Psychiatry page, and McGill’s Graduate Admissions page. If you would like to inquire with faculty in regards to their availability for research supervision, please address a concise email to the faculty member stating your academic background and research interests, and attach your CV. Please use the subject line “Prospective Graduate Student Seeking Supervision”.


General requirements for the program and administrative information can be obtained from:

Department of Psychiatry Graduate Studies website

or contact the
Graduate Program Coordinator
Ms. Danielle Bastien
Department of Psychiatry
1033 Pine Avenue West
room 111
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1A1

Tel.: 514-398-4176
Fax: 514-398-4370
graduate.psychiatry [at]