Online courses in Clinical Psychiatry

Mental health care is evolving. Changes to the Mental Health Act, the official recognition of spectrum disorders such as OCD and autism and the increasing demand on mental health services is impacting this growing field.

So healthcare professionals on the front line, including primary care and specialist units, need to be equipped with the skills and specialist knowledge to deal with mental health patients confidently and effectively.

Our Postgraduate Diploma and MSc courses aim to:

  • Consolidate knowledge to ensure best patient care and service outcomes
  • Ensure you’re up to date with new classifications, treatments, and assessments that integrate psychological and social sciences
  • Provide an understanding of how the Mental Health Act and the Capacity Acts influence delivery of services and the implications for you as a professional
  • Demonstrate how the field links to acute medicine, surgery, perinatal services, children’s services and primary care

Who are the courses for?

Healthcare professionals frequently seeing patients displaying symptoms of mental health issues. You could be working in a clinical setting, either in the UK or overseas, in a role such as a psychiatrist, general practitioner, nurse, social worker, occupational therapist, psychologist, pharmacist or physiotherapist.

Postgraduate Diploma or MSc?

When deciding which course to apply for, you have options, depending on your circumstances and preferences:

The 1 year Postgraduate Diploma

You’ll complete the Postgraduate Diploma in 1 year and receive your transcript from the university on completion of the course. You’ll then have the option to progress and complete the MSc course.

The 1 year MSc

To apply directly to the MSc you will need to have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma - either with Diploma MSc or another UK university having completed similar modules.

The 2 year MSc

You’ll still complete the Postgraduate Diploma in year 1 and the MSc in year 2 however this is a popular option for many students as many student finance providers won’t offer support for funding for the Postgraduate Diploma alone.

Apply now for the Postgraduate Diploma.


Meet the Course Director

Prof Tayyeb Tahir

Prof Tayyeb Tahir BSc, MBBS, Diploma in Psychiatry, FRCPsych, Doctorate in Medicine (MD)
Current post: Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at the University Hospital of Wales

  • Research award for SpRs in Wales
  • WHO Prize Winner, Diploma in Psychiatry, Victoria University of Manchester
  • Gold Medal, essay competition "Institutional vs. Community Care." 9th International Psychiatric Conference, Peshawar

Professor Tahir has completed comprehensive training and worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist with the NHS, having undertaken work as both a Consultant and Trainer in Psychiatry. He has established partnerships between his department at the University Hospital of Wales and the occupational health departments of South Wales Fire Service and Cardiff County Council for providing occupational mental health services.

Professor Tahir's special interests are in the field of General Adult Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Old Age Psychiatry. He has extensive experience in managing a spectrum of psychiatric disorders including generalized anxiety, panic disorder, depression, bipolar affective disorder, somatoform disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, phobias, dementia, delirium and medically unexplained symptoms.

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A golden opportunity

"Frankly speaking, I have been a very busy General Practitioner since I completed my medical graduation. During the last 18 years I was only able to do a PG Diploma, which is very frustrating for me. So I started searching and ultimately found the golden opportunity to do MSc on a clinical specialty online and still continue my very busy day to day GP job. That is what led me to apply for the course."


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"I would like to give the highest compliments to whole admission and support team of Diploma MSc. All of your help and effort are invaluable."


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"Learning from peers in your assigned group really widens your potential learning experience. You all grow together through the year, and feel like a family too. It's a very supportive environment."


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"Studying with Diploma MSc opened for me the proverbial steel doors to a world of never-ending opportunities that could never have been possible otherwise in my professional life. This opportunity literally elevated me from a junior officer in my department to Fellow status on the bench within my Specialty College."


Subject Courses

Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry

Especially developed for busy health professionals the 1 year Postgraduate Diploma is formatted in 6 modules (120 credits), each of 6 weeks duration; the course is designed to be practical and clinically focused.

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Clinical Psychiatry MSc

Starting with an initial 12-week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, you will then choose either the professional project module which includes a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project or an attendance based independent prescribing module - we are the only provider offering this option.

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