Part time See Course PGDip, MSc, PGCert 5 years part time maximum
Medicine (26) Psychology (31)

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Unleash your potential with the MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Psychiatry, a prestigious programme in collaboration with Health Education England South East (HEESE). Dive into core principles of psychiatry, behavioural science, psychotherapy, and more in the first year, with the option to earn a PGCert. Enhance your clinical skills in leadership, teaching, and research in the subsequent years, culminating in a dissertation. This programme not only prepares you for the Royal College of Psychiatrists membership examination but also boosts your academic qualifications for competitive interviews and academic pursuits. Applicants with a relevant undergraduate qualification can showcase their ability to study at a Masters level through interviews or written work. GPs with a special interest in psychiatry and non-medical staff with mental health experience are encouraged to apply. Elevate your career prospects and delve into the fascinating world of psychiatry with this comprehensive and career-enhancing programme.

About the course

The MSc Psychiatry course is run in collaboration with Health Education England South East (HEESE). 

The first year of this course follows the Royal College of Psychiatrists core knowledge curriculum, with an opportunity to exit with a PGCert. The second year incorporates development of wider clinical professional skills in leadership and teaching. The third year provides a structured research opportunity within the mental health field, working towards completion of a dissertation. 

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a relevant undergraduate qualification and will be expected to demonstrate an ability to study at Masters level (assessed by interview and/or production of a short piece of written work as necessary).

Trainees entering the Health Education England South East (HEESE) psychiatry core training programme will be automatically eligible. GPs with a special interest in psychiatry are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications from non-medical staff who have been working for a minimum of two years in mental health-related posts will also be considered.


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Dr Jessica Eccles, MSc graduate

The MSc Psychiatry was stimulating and engaging. Crucially the research component allowed me to design and complete my own project from scratch. I have presented the results of this at international meetings and received an award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I could not recommend the MSc highly enough.

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