Master of Psychological Medicine
Course code: 0045 ~ Course abbreviation: MPM ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 6 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Study mode and course location
On-campus (Monash Medical Centre, Clayton; Melbourne University, Parkville - P/T only)
The Master of Psychological Medicine is a 3-year part time course that is jointly run by the Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne. The course is open to medical practitioners with an identified interest in working with patients with mental illness. The course aims to develop the knowledge and skills of medical practitioners working with patients with mental illness. The course fosters attitudes of tolerance to the diversity within our community and our geographical region, equity to appropriate treatment for all individuals and encourage the practitioner to consider the socio-cultural factors in their interactions with patients and their broader community. The course is designed to encourage the student to explore the theoretical concepts in psychiatry and their relationship to clinical practice. The seminar format of the course, led by a facilitator/lecturer, encourages student participation, self-directed learning, problem solving and the integration of theory with clinical practice. This will hopefully lead to a culture of lifelong learning that will be maintained throughout their professional career. Students will complete a number of core subjects as well as be offered selective subjects in the second and third years in order to reflect the ever-increasing current state of knowledge in psychiatry.
On completion of the course graduates should: be critical thinkers able to pursue lifelong learning and self directed professional development; be educated about the specific attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to effectively work in the area of mental health; be able to conduct research and evaluation in clinical practice; and have a broad understanding of the cultural differences that exist in our community and their relationship to its individuals and mental illness.
The course comprises three core units in first year, and two core units and two electives in both second and third years.
Continuous assessment will be based on submission of assignments and critical essays related to the core and elective units being undertaken for the degree. This may be supplemented by written and oral examinations.
Dr Prem Chopra