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Psychiatry class
Brighton & Sussex Medical School


BSMS > Postgraduate > Psychiatry


Key facts

MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Part-time: 5 years maximum

Location: Sussex Education Centre, Mill View Hospital, Hove and BSMS, University of Brighton, Falmer campus

Course Leader: Dr Richard Whale >

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This course is validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.

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Key areas of study

  • Core principles of psychiatry
  • Psychopathology
  • Behavioural science and psychotherapy
  • Biological sciences in psychiatry
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care

Course overview

The MSc Psychiatry course is run in collaboration with Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

The first year of this course follows the Royal College of Psychiatrists core knowledge curriculum, with an opportunity to exit with a PGcert. The second year incorporates development of wider clinical professional skills in leadership and teaching. The third year provides a structured research opportunity within the mental health field, working towards completion of a dissertation. 

psychiatry students

 "The course is delivered in a dynamic and engaging way, complementing and extending the knowledge base needed to pass membership exams. BSMS offers excellent teaching, workshops, guidance and support and has allowed me to undertake a dissertation directly relevant to my professional career goals."

Dr Marissa Wilson, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 


 "The MSc Psychiatry was stimulating and engaging. Crucially the research component allowed me to design and complete my own project from scratch. I have presented the results of this at international meetings and received an award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I could not recommend the MSc highly enough."

Dr Jessica Eccles, MSc graduate 

Career opportunities

The first year prepares students for Paper A of the Royal College of Psychiatrists membership examination.

A higher academic qualification enhances evidence of experience for competitive interviews and offers entry to an academic career. 

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a relevant undergraduate qualification and will be expected to demonstrate an ability to study at Masters level (assessed by interview and/or production of a short piece of written work as necessary).

Trainees entering the HEKSS psychiatry core training programme will be expected to enrol on the first year of this course.

Applications from non-medical staff who have been working for a minimum of two years in mental health related posts will also be considered.

This course is only open to applications from UK/ EU/ Island residents.

Fees and funding (2017-18)


UK / EU / Island students £7,650

International £14,490


UK £5,100

International £9,660


UK £2,550

International £4,830


All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, including the PG Clinical Diploma Physician Associate course, are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2017/18.


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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal.