Prospective Students

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.

For any general student enquiries not answered on these pages, please contact our Education Administrator, Olga Plocienniczak, in the first instance on 01223 746105.

We also engage in clinical and undergraduate teaching in Psychiatry and Neurosciences. Further information for prospective undergraduate and clinical students can be found here.

Finally, our current graduate students maintain a student-run website which provides additional information about what life is like in the Department and as a student in Cambridge.