Specific aims of the course include:
- To encourage students to become critical thinkers and pursue lifelong learning and self-directed professional development
- To provide education about the specific attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to effectively work in the area of mental health
- To promote research and critical evaluation in clinical practice
- To provide students with a broad understanding of the cultural, differences that exist in our community and their relationship to its individuals and mental illness
- To facilitate the professional development of the student by providing the opportunity for students to engage in critical discussion of the scientific literature or clinical psychiatry with their collegues and lecturers who are experts in the field.
The Master of Psychiatry Program is run by the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne and was developed following extensive consultation with academic staff, students and Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP).
With the need to improve and facilitate the delivery of psychiatric care to a broader cross section of the community, this academic qualification provides doctors with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in working with patients experiencing mental illness.
Psychiatric trainees will particularly appreciate the benefits of this program, as they complement the RANZCP Training Program.
The course comprises core and elective subjects which range from the basics through to cutting-edge research, via exploration of the theoretical concepts in psychiatry and the interrelationship with clinical practice.
The course promotes tolerance to the diversity within our community and our geographical region, equity to appropriate treatment for all individuals, and encourages the practitioner to consider the sociocultural factors in their interactions with patients and their broader community.
The seminar format of the course provides a graduate-level learning environment with high quality teaching led by a facilitator/lecturer, whilst encouraging self-directed learning, participation and problem solving.
The course can be taken as a) a three-year part time course b) a one year full time intensive course or c) an online course.
Students have the option to complete a thesis or do a dissertation if they choose the Psychiatric Research Subject. Those not undertaking the Psychiatric Research Subject will complete the other Capstone subject, Special Topics in Psychiatry. There is also the possibility of taking some or the entire course on a continuing education, rather than a degree basis.