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Brighton & Sussex Medical School


BSMS > Postgraduate > Psychiatry


Key facts

MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Part-time: 5 years maximum

Eligible applicants: UK, EU

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

Course Leader: Dr Richard Whale 

Read Dr Richard Whale's profile here >

General enquiries:

This course is validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Applications are now closed for 2020-21. Applications for 21/22 entry will be accepted from November 2020.

Apply for the psychiatry course here >

psychiatry students in a seminar

Key areas of study

  • Core principles of psychiatry
  • Psychopathology
  • Behavioural science
  • 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 (HEKSS).

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. 

Course structure


Principles of Psychiatry (20 credits)

Behavioural Science and Psychotherapy (20 credits)

Biological Sciences in Psychiatry (20 credits)


Communication, Learning & Teaching in Health & Social Care (20 credits)

Leadership and Change management in Clinical Services (20 credits)

Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)


Research Dissertation (60 credits)

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 Health Education Kent Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS) psychiatry core training programme will be automatically eligible.

Applications from non-medical staff who have been working for a minimum of two years in mental health-related posts will also be considered. Please note that the MSc Psychiatry will not qualify non-medical staff to practise as a psychiatrist. The course does not provide a qualification for practice as a Psychiatrist in the UK or overseas.

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

Fees and funding

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2020-21. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.  


UK / EU / Island students £8,262

International £15,156


UK £5,508

International £10,008


UK £2,754

International £5,004


All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2020-21.

Read more about fees and funding here > 


A number of bursaries may be  available for up to Approx 60% of the course fee. These bursaries are for those employed in the HEKSS region and who meet the eligibility criteria. Please contact the course lead for further information. 

Apply here

Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal. Applications are now closed for 2020-21. Applications for 21/22 entry will be accepted from November 2020.

APPLY for the psychiatry course here >