Undergraduate education in psychiatry is provided by King’s College London School of Medicine. Teaching is organised by the Medical Education Committee and its Curriculum subcommittees (one for each Phase of the course) and provided in a vertically integrated curriculum over the five years. The largest part of psychiatry teaching occurs in Phase 3 (Year 3 of the standard MBBS course). A review is underway of both the curriculum content and the student experience.

King's College London has 450 medical students every year with 5 entry routes to our MBBS programme, the most of any UK medical school.  Clinical psychiatry is intensively studied in the third year where students spend 10-12 weeks in joint training between neurology and psychiatry. Learning is centred on a Clinical Apprenticeship, working alongside NHS clinicians in wards, clinics, and in the community, covering all the basic psychiatric skills needed throughout a medical career. Students present cases in a group setting and learn presentation skills, how to formulate a psychiatric case and make a differential diagnosis. This is combined with Clinical Sciences (pathology, therapeutics) that reinforce clinical experience, with SSCs (see right) and with e-learning on the Virtual Campus. Students also learn about ethical and social aspects of mental health


For many psychiatrists their first experience of psychiatry occurs in their undergraduate training. There are lots of initiatives for interested students such as Extreme Psychiatry, the PsychSoc and the Careers Fair. Find out more on the right →

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