Mindmasters rules and how to become a contestant

Mindmasters is a quiz promoted and created by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. More information and the rules relating to the quiz can be found below.

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UK and international RCPsych members are invited to volunteer, as individuals, to join a Mindmasters team for their Division, Devolved Nation, Faculty or professional grade (medical student, foundation doctor, Core Trainee, Higher Trainee, SAS Doctor, Consultant, retired doctor).   

  • Members will be invited to volunteer by email.
  • Teams will consist of four RCPsych members.
  • Registrations will open on 1 March - 19 April 2024. 
  • Members will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering the Mindmasters quiz. 

There will be three heats and then a final.

Teams will be confirmed on a first come first served basis, so we encourage you to register your team as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

  • Team members must be a member of the RCPsych (Student Associate, Foundation Doctor Associate, Pre-Member Psychiatric Trainee, Affiliate, Specialist Associate, Member or Fellow).   

  • Teams will represent their Division, Devolved Nation, Faculty or Grade.

  • Team members must to able to take part in person - online participation is not possible. 

Teams will compete in one of three heats at RCPsych International Congress in Edinburgh on Sunday 16 June 2024.

Team members will receive free registration for Congress in Edinburgh on Monday 17 June 2024.

The winning team from each heat will go through to the final, taking place the same evening.

If at the end of the heat, the scores are level, the game is decided by a single tie-break question, with the winner being the first team to answer the question correctly. If a team answers incorrectly, they lose the game.

  • Questions will be selected by an RCPsych independent panel who are not permitted to enter the quiz.  

  • The format of the quiz will be provided to team members two weeks before the heats.   

  • The heat draw is always completed by a College staff member and an independent adjudicator.

  • Team members will each receive a gift and certificate for participation in the heats. 

  • The winners of the final will receive a trophy which will remain at Prescot Street offices, with replicas awarded for each winning team members. 

  • Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. There will be no cash alternatives. 

If you have a query or complaint including if you have experienced problems accessing Mindmasters, you may register it with the Royal College of Psychiatrists who can be contacted by emailing quiz@rcpsych.ac.uk. You may need to give the following information: 

  1. Your name 

  1. Your email address 

  1. The date(s) and time(s) when you experienced problems 

  1. The nature of the problem you have been experiencing 

  1. A contact telephone number you can be reached on if necessary. 

If you need any information to be provided in an alternative format for accessibility reasons, we will be happy to discuss your requirements and endeavour to provide a suitable alternative. 

Mindmasters rules are subject to change at the discretion of the RCPsych. 

Mindmasters is a quiz promoted and created by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

We will not pass on your personal details to any other organisation without your permission except for the purposes of running the quiz which you have entered.

For more, see the College's Members privacy notice.

The Mindmasters quiz was the brainchild of the College's Dean, Professor Subodh Dave, who says:

"I'm sure each one of you is as proud as I am of being a psychiatrist.

"It is a privilege to be part of a branch of medicine that integrates the psychological and social world with neurosciences and human biology. To be a psychiatrist is to be multi-faceted,  combining knowledge of cellular biology effortlessly with an understanding of culture and history."

Read more to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry