Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry (Online Delivery)

Mental health is becoming increasingly more challenging and multidisciplinary in practice so it’s essential to be able to deal with complex situations you may face as a healthcare professional with confidence.

Delivered with our partner Diploma MSc, the online Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry will enable those working in primary care or specialist units to take a specialist interest in clinical psychiatry and ultimately improve their care for patients displaying psychiatric symptoms.

It will ensure you’re up to date with new classifications, treatments and assessments that integrate psychological and social sciences, and develop your understanding of how the Mental Health Act and the Capacity Acts influence delivery of services. You will also learn plus how the field links to acute medicine, surgery, perinatal services, children’s services and primary care.

This course is subject to validation.

Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry course will include six modules, each of six weeks' duration, studied in one calendar year, entirely online.

The module titles are currently under development however it is expected that the following subjects will be included in the course:

  • Elderly mental health (dementia)
  • CAMHS
  • Anxiety and depression
  • PTSD
  • Medicolegal
  • Crisis management - out of hours mental health/risk assessment
  • Addiction and illicit drugs
  • Capacity assessment and DoLs (deprivation of liberty)
  • Dealing with heartsink patients
  • Transgender and gender dysphoria

Teaching

Although you’ll be learning entirely online, you will be part of a group with 10 to 15 other students - to share ideas, debate scenarios and develop best practice with.

You’ll have the support of a dedicated team who will help you with any challenges you may face - from help with navigating our online learning platform to advice on what you need to do to pass the course and meet deadlines.

You’ll be invited to an induction day where you will meet tutors and have workshops on study skills such as scientific writing, levels of evidence, Harvard referencing and reflective writing. The induction day will be at the University of South Wales in the UK. It is not compulsory to attend but if you would like to and don't live locally, you can take part online.

Current fees for this course are available from the Diploma MSc website.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of your input on case scenarios on our discussion forum, a case-based exam, group activity and your own personal reflection

Facilities

The Clinical Psychiatry course is delivered via Moodle – our virtual learning platform. You will be given full guidance on how to make the most of Moodle, including the discussion forums and the social forum.

As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.

Places are limited so we recommend you apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

To secure your place on the course you typically need one of the following:

  • A first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications)
  • Relevant professional healthcare (eg doctor, nurse) qualifications
  • An English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent), if required

All applications are assessed on an individual basis so if you don’t have one of the above healthcare qualifications a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.

Please submit copies of the following with your application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference
  • English language qualification (IELTS 6 or equivalent)

 

 

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.