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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RCPsych members are invited to volunteer, as individuals, to join the Mindmasters team for their Division or Devolved Nation.   

  • Members will be invited to volunteer for their Division or Devolved Nation Mindmasters team by email.
  • Teams will consist of four RCPsych members (Student Associate, Foundation Doctor Associate, Pre-Member Psychiatric Trainee, Affiliate, Specialist Associate, Member or Fellow). 
  • The deadline for receiving initial entries is final and will be determined by the Division or Devolved Nation.   
  • Members will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering the Mindmasters quiz. 

Entries for Mindmasters 2023 have now closed.

Each Division or Devolved Nation is responsible for selecting its own team.

If a Division or Devolved Nation receives more than four entries from interested Members, it will be at the discretion of the Chair and Manager of that Division or Devolved Nation as to how to select their team. 

This may take the form of an online selection quiz or an in-person quiz event.   

  • 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 or Devolved Nation, and team members must be a member of the Division or Devolved Nation when they apply.   

  • Division/ Devolved Nation Chairs will have final ‘sign off’ of team members 

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


General overview

  • Mindmasters will comprise of a format which will include quick-fire buzzer questions, team questions and audience participation.
  • Team members must be available to attend in person.
  • The RCPsych reserve the right to cancel the quiz at any stage, if deemed necessary in their opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of our control. 

The heats 

  • Teams will compete in one of four heats at RCPsych International Congress in Liverpool on the 9 or 10 July 2023.
  • Three teams will participate in each heat.
  • Team members will receive free registration for Congress in Liverpool on the day of their heat. 
  • The winning team from each heat will go through to the semi-finals.
  • 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. 

The semi-finals and final 

  • The winner of each heat will be offered the chance to compete in a semi-final at Congress in Liverpool 2023. 
  • Two semi-finals will take place in person with the winner progressing to compete in the final on the same day.
  • 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 was 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 email on 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