Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Psychiatric Medicine

University of Chester · Institute of Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a medical first degree, or hold appropriate professional qualifications and be able to demonstrate suitable background knowledge and skills.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will aim both to inform and equip the doctor and mental health practitioner with the necessary skills to function in a modern clinical environment specialising in caring for the patient affected by psychopathology – organic and psychological, and will be relevant to day to day NHS hospital and general practice.

The programme is modular with six taught modules . A choice is available. The MSc course culminates in a research dissertation.

Evidence Based Medicine

A module that provides training in the essential skills needed as a researcher or practitioner to use the scientific and medical literature.

Assessment and Consultation in Psychological Medicine

Develops an understanding of the diagnostic theories and practices underpinning modern psychiatry.

Organic Psychiatry

Encourages the student to develop an in-depth knowledge of the psychopathology of selected brain areas, including the importance of diagnosis and management of organic brain disease.

Brief Therapy Interventions in Mental Health

Provides the student with a detailed understanding of and range of brief therapy models:


Reviews current drugs and their pharmacology in the therapeutic management of mental disorder, and explores potential new therapies.

Family Law and Opinion for the Courts

For those working in child or adolescent mental health or in psychiatry of the older patients this module enables the doctor or practitioner to reflect on medicolegal practices in family law looking at elements such as:

  • Safeguarding
  • Liaising with social services
  • Power of attorney
  • How to interview vulnerable individuals
  • Child and adolescent forensic psychiatric issues

Medicolegal Practice and Criminal Proceedings
For those working in forensic mental health this module enables the doctor or practitioner to reflect on medicolegal practices looking at elements such as:

  • Forensic assessments
  • Forensic medical reports
  • Relevant case and Statute law
  • Forensic risk assessment

Research Dissertation

Core for the Masters programme this enables the student to acquire critical analysis skills and knowledge of research techniques and writing to develop their dissertation.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-48 months


part time
24-48 months
full time
12 months


part time
12-24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01244 511000
01244 513111