Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Mental Health

The course is designed for doctors in training who are preparing for a career in psychiatry, general practice or general medicine and is suitable for trainee psychiatrists preparing for college examinations. In conjunction with a clinical post in psychiatry it enables students to gain a good understanding of the major psychiatric disorders, approaches to treatment and psychopharmacology.

Entry requirements

A primary medical degree and full or limited registration with the GMC (London or Dublin). Must be in an F2, STR or Staff Grade (or equivalent) post in Psychiatry (UK) or an SHO, SpR or Staff Grade (or equivalent) post in Psychiatry (Ireland) recognised for postgraduate training in Psychiatry. Please note that the clinical attachment in Psychiatry must overlap with the academic year and semester of the programme of seminars attended.
International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Modules include: Current models of mental disorder; the major categories of mental illness; psychological; physical methods of treatment.

Assessment methods

Students will undertake the following assessments: Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE); written examination consisting of 100 multiple choice; 2 written 'long cases' of patients they have seen during the period of their clinical post.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time day September 2016 - 4 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

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Postgraduate and Professional Development Office
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02890 2115