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Diploma in Mental Health

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  • Objectives
    To provide students with knowledge of the principles underlying modern psychiatric theory and practice, the skills to apply this knowledge in clinical practice and the appropriate attitudes to work with people with mental illness.
  • Entry requirements
    Entrance 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.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma in Mental Health
  • Course description
    Course Content

    The course is based on a four month clinical training in psychiatry. In addition to supervised practice, attendance at an induction course, case conferences and journal clubs at the base hospital, students must attend a formal teaching course which covers the classification and phenomenology of mental illness, the clinical presentation, aetiology and treatment of the major illnesses and the different methods of management and treatment.


    Students must attend 75 per cent of all lectures and return satisfactory completed Hospital Tutor’s and Educational Supervisor’s Assessment Forms and two written Long Cases prior to sitting the examination. The written examination, which is to assess the acquisition of knowledge, is an MCQ paper. The clinical examination which is to assess clinical skills and appropriate attitudes is assessed by an OSCE type examination.


    None available. Students are usually self-funding.

    Opportunities for Careers

    To enhance career opportunities in Psychiatry and General Practice.

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