Psychiatry (e-Learning) (MSc)
n/a (full-time) / (part-time) / 3 years MSc / 2 years PgDip (distance / e-Learning)
The MSc Psychiatry is a distance learning course, with no requirement to travel to Cardiff. The course material is specially prepared and supported by dedicated academic and technical staff. Teaching materials include over 370 online presentations including:
- Simulated patient interviews
- Expert academic interviews
- Live tutorials
- Novel eLearning presentations
- Course work
- Discussion groups
- Short projects
- Access to eBooks
All course text books and other materials are available online and supported by the School of Medicine’s electronic library team. Student learning will be directed and supported by a course tutor.
This programme aims to offer students from all backgrounds, a well-rounded postgraduate education. We hope to provide junior psychiatrists, regardless of geographical location, an understanding of current psychiatric thinking.
We also aim 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 alongside them, within a similar field or to carry out research in this area.
The e-Learning MSc in Psychiatry of Cardiff University was set up in response to demand from Psychiatric clinical trainees and health workers in professions supplementary to medicine around the UK who did not have a suitable training course available to them in their locality or who had to move mid course to other locations for professional reasons. The e-Learning course allows all students to complete their studies wherever they are working. Also, there is no equivalent course to our MSc course in many countries around the world. Each year a number of overseas students travel to Cardiff to take part in our course as full time students, having to interrupt their clinical training in their own countries. The distance course allows them to continue to work in their home countries while studying for a master’s degree qualification.
The e-Learning MSc in Psychiatry course aims to offer psychiatric trainees a well-rounded postgraduate education which includes supervised research experience in the form of clinical research where possible or the writing of a systematic review.
The Department of Psychological Medicine at Cardiff University has a large research portfolio and includes the world leading MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics. This course includes a wide range of material and training in research methods and the practice of evidence based medicine
As the distance course in Psychiatry does not provide clinical training and does not require students to have a clinical background or clinical qualifications, the course admits non-medical graduates who wish to further their understanding of Psychiatry.
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 and these are split into units as below:
- Unit 1a - Organic illnesses
- Unit 1b - Dementia and Old Age
- Unit 2 - Substance Misuse
- Unit 3 - Psychosis
- Unit 4 - Mood disorders
Two modules are taken in the second year and these are split into units as below:
- Unit 5 Anxiety Disorders
- Unit 6 Behavioural Syndromes
- Unit 7 Personality Disorders
- Unit 8 Learning Disabilities
- Unit 9 Developmental Disorders
- Unit 10 Child and Adolescent Behavioural Disorders
More details on the programme can be found through in our brochure.
This is a fully e-Learning course and all course material will be delivered using Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment – Learning Central. Course teaching material will include online video lectures (webcasts), a variety of other e-Learning material, videos of simulated patient interviews, quizzes, group discussion and group problem solving, formative assessments and course work in the form of open book short answer questions and projects.
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 (please see below).
Selection of applicants to this course will be on the basis of a completed application form and referees’ recommendations. Selection criteria include academic results, psychiatric clinical experience, evidence of an interest in psychiatry and proven competence in English.
English Language Requirements
The University requires postgraduate students whose first language is not English to have one of the following:
- An overall score of 6.5 in the British Council IELTS, with a minimum score of 6.5 in the written module;
- A GCE or GCSE in English Language at Grade C or above.
Please note: Students should have taken either the IELTS no more than three years before the proposed date of entry to the University. For more information, please visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/elt
We accept applications until October 21st each year for that year's intake.
If the option to apply online for this year's entry is not available, please use the next year's online form and specify that you wish to start in the appropriate year in the Personal Statement section.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Dean Burnett
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2074 4534