Taught course


Cardiff University · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enrol on this programme will normally possess an initial degree in medicine awarded by a recognised Institution.

Graduates from the following areas of study would also be considered: psychology, nursing or any healthcare related subject or a biological science. Graduates from other disciplines may also be considered.

At the discretion of the University, non-graduates may also be admitted on to the module provided:

  • You have held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility relevant to the course; or
  • In exceptional circumstances, you are deemed to be able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the course.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

The programme is a valuable and detailed introduction to the main types of psychiatric illness but does not at any stage entitle anyone enrolled or graduating from it to call themselves a Psychiatrist or Psychologist or to prescribe drugs or to otherwise manage psychiatric illness (if they could not previously do so as specified by their specific registration or licence to practice).

Students accepted onto the programme working in a field supplementary to Psychiatry may be able to further their careers and work in more informed relationships with Psychiatrists where appropriate.

For students accepted onto the programme who are also medical doctors eligible to train and qualify as psychiatrists: the programme aims to provide the academic component of general professional training and facilitate passing the MRC Psych examinations.

For students accepted onto the programme who are already Psychiatrists: depending on the module options taken, the programme aims to prepare psychiatrists for advanced training in a psychiatric subspecialty, or to work as consultant intellectual disability psychiatrists.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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