This Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health 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. In conjunction with a clinical placement in a mental health setting, this programme enables students to gain a good understanding of the major psychiatric disorders, approaches to treatment and psychopharmacology.
Clinical training forms a major component of the programme, and each student should have a Clinical Tutor on their placement. Regular clinical supervision should be provided by Consultants and the Tutor should ensure that training is provided by experts in the discipline. Please note that the clinical attachment in Psychiatry must overlap with the academic year of the programme of seminars attended.
This programme runs twice a year in both Semester 1 (Autumn) and Semester 2 (Spring).
Mental Health highlights
There has been a Medical School at Queen’s University Belfast since 1849!
- The School, through its Postgraduate and Professional Development Office, is committed to equipping postgraduate students with the tools needed to maximise their personal and professional development through high-quality teaching in an excellent learning environment. All courses are designed to be professionally relevant and help develop both discipline-specific and more general transferable skills, promoting attitudes of lifelong learning and increasing graduate employability.
Students enrol on a part time basis on this PG Diploma and complete two 60 CAT modules.
Module 1 – Theory – students attend weekly taught sessions on Wednesday afternoon
Module 2 – Practical – students undertake a clinical placement in a mental health setting.
Introduction In addition to supervised practice, attendance at induction courses, case conferences and placement based clinical activities, students must attend a formal teaching course involving seminars which cover the following topics:
Current Models of Mental Disorder
The Major Categories of Mental Illness
Physical Methods of Treatment
People teaching you
This PG Diploma aims to provide students with advanced skills, knowledge and understanding in the area of mental health, which can also enhance their career opportunities in Psychiatry, General Practice and General Medicine.
Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities available with this course are outlined below:
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
On this course we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.
Classes are in the afternoon only through a combination of course lectures, practical experiences and self-directed study to enhance employability.
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Portfolio of evidence and reflection.
A written MCQ examination.
Prizes and Awards
- Henry Hutchinson Stewart Medal and Prize
A primary medical degree and full or limited registration with the GMC (London or Dublin).
Applicants must hold one of the following suitable positions and be undertaking a rotation/employment in a mental health setting:
- GPST1 (General Practitioner Specialist Training Year 1)
- FY2 - Foundation Year 2
- CT1 - Consultant Trainee Year 1
- CT2 - Consultant Trainee Year 2
- LAT1 (Locum Appointed for Training Year 1)
- Staff Grade or equivalent
- Acceptable equivalent ROI Post
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £757 Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £757 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £757 EU Other 3 N/A International N/A
1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
For further information please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Mental Health costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
How do I fund my study?
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.
Fees and Funding