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Psychiatry

The course is suitable for medical and other health professionals wishing to gain an in-depth knowledge of current thinking and practices within psychiatry

All modules can be studied individually to contribute to your continuing professional development portfolio and as part of the MSc in Psychiatry.

Psychiatry is an area of medicine that all healthcare professionals will frequently encounter throughout their careers. From mild presentations of stress and depression to more severe psychiatric illnesses, our clinical understanding of these conditions has improved exponentially in recent decades.

Research into the genetic, biological, neurocognitive and environmental factors that influence the prevalence of psychiatric illnesses in the general population has a direct impact on our clinical applications to daily practice. Due to the complex nature of psychiatric illness, 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.

As a world-renowned research institute in Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Cardiff University's School of Medicine is pleased to offer these standalone modules.

Each standalone 20 credit Level 7 module runs once per academic year and is delivered online as a part-time, distance learning module. These eLearning modules use a modern web interface, which is compatible with a wide range of electronic devices, from personal computers to tablets. Students will have access to recorded lectures delivered by subject experts, videos of patient interviews, interactive online tutorials, a modernised and flexible assessment strategy, online text books and e-resources.

In this module, students will learn how to diagnose and manage patients with anxiety and fear related disorders, obsessive-compulsive, dissociative disorders and depressive disorders. Students will also learn the psychology, pharmacology, neuroscience and genetics which underlies diagnosis and management of these illnesses.

The module concentrates on the key features of psychiatry with an emphasis on Evidence Based Medicine and is designed to equip the student with the academic abilities required to practice psychiatry at the highest level.

Dates

28 September - 4 December 2020

In this module, students will learn how to diagnose and manage patients with schizophrenia or other primary psychotic disorders and bipolar and related disorders. Students will also learn the psychology, pharmacology, neuroscience and genetics which underlies diagnosis and management of these illnesses.

The module concentrates on the Key Features of psychiatry with an emphasis on Evidence Based Medicine and is designed to equip the student with the academic abilities required to practice psychiatry at the highest level.

Dates

7 December 2020 - 19 February 2021

In this module, students will learn how to diagnose and manage patients with various forms of dementia syndrome, sleep-wake disorders, eating disorders, disorders of the puerperium and psychosexual disorders. Students will also learn the psychology, pharmacology, neuroscience and genetics which underlies diagnosis and management of these illnesses.

The module concentrates on the Key Features of psychiatry with an emphasis on Evidence Based Medicine and is designed to equip the student with the academic abilities required to practice psychiatry at the highest level.

Dates

22 February - 30 April 2021

In this module, students will learn how to recognise the signs of organic brain disorders which give rise to psychiatric symptoms and how to manage those psychiatric symptoms. Students will learn how to recognise and manage psychiatric illnesses in people with an intellectual disability. Specific disorders such as epilepsy and delirium will be covered in depth. Students will also learn about the neurology, neuroanatomy, neuropathology and neuropsychiatry related to genetic disorders and organic brain diseases including tumours, physical injury and neurological illnesses which underlies diagnosis and management of these illnesses.

The module concentrates on the Key Features of psychiatry with an emphasis on Evidence Based Medicine and is designed to equip the student with the academic abilities required to practice psychiatry at the highest level.

Dates

28 September - 4 December 2020

In this module, students will learn how to diagnose and manage mentally disordered offenders, patients with personality disorders or mental disorders due to substance misuse. Students will also learn the psychology, pharmacology and neuroscience which underlies diagnosis and management of these illnesses and aspects of UK law as it applies to psychiatry.

The module concentrates on the Key Features of psychiatry with an emphasis on Evidence Based Medicine and is designed to equip the student with the academic abilities required to practice psychiatry at the highest level.

Dates

7 December 2020 - 19 February 2021

In this module, students will learn how to diagnose and manage mental illness in children and adolescents including those illnesses which develop during childhood such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder. Students will also learn the psychology and pharmacology which underlies diagnosis and management of these illnesses

The module concentrates on the Key Features of psychiatry with an emphasis on Evidence Based Medicine and is designed to equip the student with the academic abilities required to practice psychiatry at the highest level.

Dates

22 February - 30 April 2021

We reserve the right to cancel the delivery of a standalone module. This could happen if a course is under-subscribed or if there is a change in circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have minimum student numbers required before they can run. This is to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered. When this happens we will issue a full or partial refund depending on whether any classes took place.

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.

How to apply

Please contact our Postgraduate Taught Medical Admissions Team for details on how to apply.

Funding and fees

Please check our tuition fees pages for these programmes.

Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team

School of Medicine