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Graduate Certificate in Medicine (Psychiatry)

Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Psychiatry)

Master of Medicine (Psychiatry)

Master of Medicine (Advanced)(Psychiatry)


  Graduate Certificate in Medicine (Psychiatry) Graduate Diploma in Medicine (Psychiatry) Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) Master of Medicine (Advanced) (Psychiatry)
CRICOS code 083649E 083647G 083643M 083644K
Degree Abbreviation GradCertMed(Psychiatry) GradDipMed(Psychiatry) MMed(Psychiatry) MMed(Adv)(Psychiatry)
Credit points required to complete 24 36 48 60
Time to complete part-time
1 to 2 years  1.5 to 3 years 2 to 6 years 3 to 6 years


The Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) has been developed specifically as a Formal Education Course (FEC) for Basic Trainees in Psychiatry and is aligned with the new Competency-Based Fellowship Program (CBFP) of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (RANZCP). It enhances neuroscience and research training in psychiatry and facilitates collaboration between clinicians and researchers thus optimising the translation of research findings into improved healthcare practice. Critical appraisal of psychiatric literature is developed.

Psychiatrists and advanced trainees in psychiatry enrolled in the program may select from a broader range of units of study than students who are undertaking their formal education course as accredited by the RANZCP.

Capstone units of study require students to produce a work of scholarship that builds on the learning of the course. The research activity capstone provides an opportunity to work in the student’s own clinical setting or with a research group at the BMRI. The other capstone electives are Genetics of Brain and Mind Disorders, Leadership and Policy in Mental Health and History, Philosophy and Ethics of Brain and Mind Science.

The postgraduate program in Medicine (Psychiatry) brings together lecturers from the cutting edge of their respective fields. Students will emerge with an understanding of the latest in interdisciplinary research and the skills to use this in professional settings. The MMed (Psychiatry) offers a number of shared units with the Master of Brain and Mind Sciences which will provide the opportunity for vital interdisciplinary collaboration in mental health research and clinical practice.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) will be able to demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the attributes outlined in the University of Sydney’s Graduate Attribute Policy with the overarching principles of scholarship, lifelong learning and global citizenship.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required in the Learning Outcomes for Basic Training (Stage 1 and 2) as outlined in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College Psychiatrists Competency-Based Fellowship Program.
  • Demonstrate the relevant competencies at the level of an Advanced Trainee Psychiatry in the seven key CanMeds roles of Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Health Advocate, Manager, Scholar and Professional.
  • To understand and apply the biopsychosocial model in psychiatry.
  • Demonstrate specific skills in the use of relevant procedures, technologies and techniques in relation to clinical assessment, diagnosis, management and research investigation of brain and mind disorders and related general medical disorders.
  • Demonstrate initiative and self-reliance in critically evaluating and synthesising ideas and information related to ongoing scholarship.
  • Make evidence based decisions and recommendations in clinical practice and research.


The Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) has been accredited by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) as counting towards the Formal Education Course requirement aligned with its new competency-based fellowship program.

Further enquiries

Student and Academic Coordinator
Phone: +61 2 9114 4048
Fax: +61 2 9114 4055