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Psychiatry is a fascinating and important area of medicine.  Due to the nature of psychiatric illness (which may often be present/co-morbid with other conditions and/or affect the way people behave in a variety of situations), improved knowledge of Psychiatry would benefit professionals working in fields supplementary to Psychiatry and/or likely to come into contact with psychiatric illness on a regular basis.  The programme will be of benefit to such professionals and also to medical doctors training to be Psychiatrists or Psychiatric Specialists. 

The programme aims to provide students with:

• An in-depth knowledge of the basic science, characteristics and presentation of psychiatric illness. 
• An understanding of how psychiatric illness is managed and the appropriateness of specific management plans. 
• The ability to critically appraise, synthesise and evaluate research relating to psychiatric illness. 
• A developing critical independence and intellectual integrity with specific reference to Psychiatry. 

Structure

The course can be completed in one year with full-time distance learning or in three years by part-time distance learning.

During the course you will take Modules to the value of 180 credits.

The classification of your degree is based on the grades you achieve in the Modules that you take but the weighting of the modules with regard to your final classification is 50% for the six taught modules combined and 50% for the dissertation module.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/psychiatry

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/psychiatry-e-learning

Career Prospects

Both medically qualified and non-medically qualified students enhance their professional standing and employment prospects by gaining a university qualification. It is expected that medically qualified students will continue to work in their local health services while taking any opportunity to carryout research.

All graduates will be well placed to carryout research or undertake further research training.

Visit the Psychiatry MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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