Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health

The Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health programme is designed for doctors in training who are preparing for a career in Psychiatry, General Practice or General Medicine and is suitable for Trainee Psychiatrists preparing for College examinations. 

Duration:           One Semester, part-time

Closing date:     Wednesday 3 February 2016 (for Semester 2, 2015-16 intake)  Late applications may be considered if places are available.

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Course Content

Clinical training forms a major component of the course.  Each postgraduate student should have a Clinical Tutor at his/her base Hospital.  Regular clinical supervision should be provided by Consultants and the Tutor should ensure that training is provided in Interviewing Skills and Psychiatric Assessment.  

Topics undertaken in this course will include:

  • current models of mental disorder
  • the major categories of mental illness
  • psychological
  • physical methods of treatment

This programme runs twice a year in Semester 1 and Semester 2.  Formal teaching consists of a series of seminars held on a Wednesday afternoon from 2 - 5.15pm. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must possess a recognised medical degree and be registered with the General Medical Council (UK or Ireland).  Enrolled students will be required to be in clinical posts recognised for General Professional Training for Psychiatry for at least four months.  The clinical attachment in Psychiatry must overlap with the Academic Year of the programme of seminars attended. 

Tuition Fees

For further information on Tuition Fees and payment options please refer to the University's webpages for Tuition Fees.

How to Apply

Candidates should make applications through the Universities Online Admissions portal

Guidance is available on the University’s Prospective Student pages.

Please ensure that you clearly indicate on your application the clinical post where you will be placed and the grade of post (e.g. F2, CT1).

When applying please choose 'Medicine’ as your subject area/School.

For further advice on the application process at QUB please contact:

Admissions and Access Service
Lanyon North
Queen’s University Belfast
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5081

Further Information

Dr Tony O’Neill
Course Coordinator
Queen’s University Belfast
Tel:  +00(44) 28 9063 32580