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Psychiatric Practice (MSc)

Course Description

About the course

This programme has been developed in Partnership with the Local Mental Health Foundation University Trust. It offers a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which will help you develop as a clinician in psychiatric practice. You can expect to gain significant opportunities in continuing professional development by choosing to study modules relevant to the field you work in which can also be taken as short courses. You will also end the course in preparation of Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych).

Along with lectures and expert led clinics, you will also have regular small group seminars and tutorials, with the additional support of a personal tutor. This programme has a practical emphasis and also provides opportunities for additional attendance to short courses and conferences offered by the Department. You’ll have a choice of modules, excellent networking and peer support, and consistently positive feedback.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/psychiatric-practicemental-health-practice-msc,-pgdip,-pgcert

Course Structure

The MSc in Psychiatric Practice comprises of 6 taught modules (30 credits each) of approximately 12 weeks duration. Successful completion of the programme leads to an award of MSc in Psychiatric Practice

- Post Graduate Certificate:
Core modules: Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice; Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neurosciences

In Year 1 trainees will receive: Semester A: 2 themes days (1/2 day assessment); Semester B: 2 theme days

- Postgraduate Diploma:
Core modules: Developing Skills and Competence in Psychiatric Practice; Approaches and Organisation of Specialist Mental Health Service Delivery

In Year 2 trainees will receive: Semester A: 2 themes days (1/2 day assessment); Semester B: 2 theme days

- MSc:
Core modules: Service Improvement Project

Modules of Common Interest: Modules of common interest from Postgraduate Faculty Framework

Clinical lectures focus on the principles of Psychiatric Practice. The programme has an emphasis on the following key areas: Diagnostic theory and classification; Psychopharmacology and medication compliance; Neurological and cognitive examination; Human growth and development; Organic psychiatry; Neuroscience and genetics; Transcultural psychiatry; and Epidemiology.

Examples of clinical skills included during the programme are: Consultation skills: history taking / conducting a good psychiatric history; Bio-psychosocial assessment; Neurological and cognitive examination; Clinical case management and many more.

Why choose this course?

The MSc in Psychiatric Practice is a taught, masters programme for clinicians, wishing to develop or extend practical skills, knowledge and experience in psychiatric practice.

It has an emphasis on developing practical competencies; good diagnostic skills, appropriate and timely management of long term psychiatric disorders to reflect current trends in psychiatry.

This programme is supplemented by lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical skills demonstrations, clinical placements and conference presentations by academic staff and invited expert clinicians.


This programme offers excellent opportunities for continuing professional development for practicing health, social and primary care professionals. It is an MSc programme, but UK clinicians can choose to study specific modules relevant to their professional practice or select from short courses.

This programme fulfils the interprofessional learning agenda and reflects the varied roles and functions adopted by professionals destined for psychiatry and other clinicians with a special interest.

Teaching methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods throughout the programme including: interactive and ‘key-note’ lectures, seminars and workshops incorporating for example case studies, role play, scenario based learning and discussion groups covering a wide variety of topics. Individual and group based tutorials. Skills based demonstrations / workshops and the use of technologies for example video, podcasts, and other e-packages designed to enhance learning and teaching. These resources are supported by a well stocked learning resource centre and via a virtual learning environment called StudyNet which enables you to access learning resources on line 24 hours and day, 7 days a week. The course is intense and will require students to be "self directed" learners.

Work Placement

Full Time, overseas students do not require GMC registration as this programme does not require direct patient contact and management.

Professional Accreditations

The programme prepares specialist trainees for Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRC Psych).

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/psychiatric-practicemental-health-practice-msc,-pgdip,-pgcert#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the Psychiatric Practice (MSc) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have: completed an MBBS degree (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) or equivalent from a recognised institution; registered with a relevant UK professional body (General Medical Council); two years full time (or equivalent) in a relevant field; employment in, or access to, an appropriate area of psychiatric practice whilst enrolled on the programme

Course Fees

UK/EU Students: Full time £5,750, Part time £480 per module; International Students: Full time £12,000

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