Psychiatry is one of the most
varied, interesting and rewarding specialties in medicine. It is an
excellent career choice for anyone interested in how the mind works
and who enjoys working as part of a team. Find out more about
this challenging and rewarding career.
Training pathways and case
In order to train in
psychiatry, a medical degree is essential. Moreover,
you need to have completed two years of foundation
training (or equivalent). There may be an opportunity to undertake
a four month psychiatry post as a foundation trainee.
Following this, you can then enter specialist training.
section for information on career timelines.
Subspecialties and case
There are a number of subspecialties
within psychiatry. The main areas of specialisation are:
Follow the links for more information
and some personal perspectives from people working in each
As a medical student, you will
undertake a psychiatry attachment as part of your training.
Each medical school offers different lengths of attachments and
there will be different opportunities available depending on your
local services. In addition, you will be able to use your elective
to gain additional experience in psychiatry, perhaps in another
country. Many medical schools also offer special study modules in