The Department of Psychiatry primarily engages in postgraduate research and teaching, and offers two programs: an M.Phil in Medical Sciences and Doctoral studies (Ph.D. or M.D.). We have an active graduate research body engaging in many aspects of psychiatry and neurosciences. Prospective graduate students can find out more about the courses we offer and how to apply for them, by clicking here. It is important to say that the PhD and MPhil are research degrees, and do not in any way qualify people to become a psychiatrist. To become a psychiatrist, one has to first of all qualify as a doctor at medical school. In the UK, this is followed by 2 years as a foundation doctor (working in a range of specialties, including internal medicine and surgery), 3 years as a basic psychiatric trainee, then 3 years as a higher psychiatric trainee. Success at all these stages (including passing all the exams on the way), qualifies somebody to be appointed as an NHS consultant psychiatrist. Of course, having a Cambridge research degree can help in job applications to become a psychiatrist. If you are thinking about studying in the Department of Psychiatry, we have provided more information for potential clinical, undergraduate and postgraduate students on these pages. For any general student enquiries not answered on these pages, please contact our Education Administrator, Sarah Rowe , in the first instance by email or on 01223 746105.
Current student vacancies
Further information for prospective students
- Prospective clinical & undergraduate students – for prospective clinical or undergraduate students
- Prospective graduate students – for prospective MPhil (Research), Ph.D. and M.D. students
- Inspiring Careers – career advice from some of our senior academic and clinical colleagues
- Our graduate-run student webpages – find out what life as a student in the Department is like