Postgraduate study in Psychiatry

What can you study in Psychiatry?

You can study psychiatry at a postgraduate level in a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences or Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences or the Master of Health Sciences. You can also study Psychiatry in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Modern psychiatry has divided into a number of sub-specialities:

  • Child and adolescent psychiatry concentrates on disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Forensic psychiatry studies the interaction between psychiatry and the law.
  • Psycho-geriatrics examines the psychiatry of old age.
  • Consultation-liaison psychiatry deals with the interaction between physical and mental disease in the broadest sense and includes psychosomatic medicine and psychological reactions to physical disorders.
  • Social and community psychiatry is concerned with social determinants of mental illness and with the provision of a co-ordinated programme of mental health to a specified population.

Other sub-fields include addictions, eating disorders and neuro-psychiatry.

The area of study of psychiatry includes a range of disorders that extend from those for which there are obvious brain abnormalities, such as the various dementias, through to deviations of personality development.

Where can postgraduate study in Psychiatry take you?

There are a range of jobs available to registered psychiatrists. Psychiatrists are one of the few professionals able to prescribe medication and diagnose mental health issues.

Jobs related to Psychiatry

  • Addiction psychiatrist
  • Adolescent and child psychiatrist
  • Adult psychiatrist
  • Forensic psychiatrist
  • Geriatric psychiatrist
  • Neuropsychiatrist
  • Organisational psychiatrist

Further study options