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Psychiatry (e-Learning) (MSc/PgDip)

Course Description


The e-Learning MSc in Psychiatry is a fully distance course with material specially prepared and supported by dedicated academic and technical staff.

Teaching material includes over 250 online lectures, a large number of simulated patient interviews, expert academic interviews, live tutorials, novel e-Learning presentations, quizzes, course work and discussion groups. Most course text books and other materials are available online and supported by the School of Medicine electronic library team. Student learning will be directed and supported by a course tutor.

The MSc in Psychiatry at Cardiff University aims to offer students from all backgrounds a well-rounded postgraduate education. We hope to provide the structure for junior psychiatrists in any location to achieve an understanding of current psychiatric thinking. We also hope to provide first class teaching in Psychiatry for students from other academic or clinical backgrounds, which will allow them to understand the work of Psychiatrists and to work along side them, to work in a similar field or to carry out research in this area.

Course Structure

The course consists of 4 compulsory modules making up 120 credits.

The module titles are:
• Organic illness and Substance Misuse
• Psychosis and Mood Disorders
• Anxiety, behavioural and personality disorders
• Learning Disabilities and Child & Adolescent Disorders

Each module will consist of 2 or 3 Units of Study, each of which will contain teaching material related to the diagnostic criteria in one section of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision (ICD10) published by the World Health Organisation.

Two modules are taken in the first year of study and two in the second year. For MSc students, a dissertation is completed in the third year.

Visit the Psychiatry (e-Learning) (MSc/PgDip) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Graduates in medicine from an approved university are eligible to apply. Applications from graduates in other health sciences, biological sciences or psychology are also welcomed. All psychiatric trainees working full-time or part-time in NHS posts are eligible to apply for the course. Overseas students will be expected to demonstrate a high level of English language competence.

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