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    To become a psychiatrist you have to do a medical degree. You can only prescribe by doing a medical degree. Ie. You must study medicine at university.

    You could do a degree in psychology and then a masters/PhD. You can’t prescribe with this degree. It’s not a “doctor” but you will still be trained in psychology and get your PhD. However you can not act as a medical doctor if you haven’t a medical degree. You cannot register with anyone to prescribe after degree completion; you are not a medical doctor. You can see patients if you have a degree in psychology.

    It sounds as though you would be better off buying a building and becoming a manager/owner and then hiring doctors to do the job while you run the business side of things. A switch from your BA business to a PhD in psychology is a pretty big change of career choices and tbh totally separate and not linked in anyway. It’s up to you of course. A PhD is generally a research degree in your area/field. If you haven’t a psychology degree background or even a medical or even a scientific background then doing a PhD will be incredibly difficult and I would imagine near impossible to get funding for.
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    (Original post by Mh1296)
    Hello all

    I currently have a first class honours in International Business and Spanish and I would like to do a Masters and/or PhD in Psychiatry.

    I have found some PhD courses in the uk that do this without a relative undergraduate degree.

    I am a mature student and my GNVQ's before my degree were in business also, I have nothing in the sciences, not even at GSCE level.

    The aim would be to have my own practice or place to see patients, I understand after completing the PhD I would register in order to see patients and actually prescribe medication?

    Can anybody advise me if it is ok to switch from business to Psychiatry from the BA to the masters/PhD like that?

    Or is it best to do a masters in occupational psychology and then a PhD in Psychiatry and do it that way.

    I do not really want to do a masters in business and I would like to change fields but do a masters or PhD in September in Psychiatry, does anyone know anything about this?

    What are the steps I would need to take as a BA graduate in business to get a PhD in Psychiatry, and who do I register with after the PhD in order to prescribe and hire other doctors to prescribe in a running practice?

    Thank you for any information.

    Kind regards,

    Psychiatry is a medical specialty, you need to go to medical school, qualify as a doctor and specialise in psychiatry. There is absolutely no getting around this. You can't transfer into psychiatry from occupational psychology or any other field.

    Most practising psychiatrists do not have a PhD in psychiatry. A PhD is a research qualification - it doesn't qualify you to practice medicine or prescribe medication.

    Also, nearly all psychiatrists work in the NHS - there's no such thing as a psychiatry practice.

    Basically I think you need to do a lot more research into this:





    (Original post by Mh1296)
    Hi there

    Thank you, I understand and also thought the same.

    I did some research and universities do PhD's with a non relative upper second class or higher, such as here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgr...te/view&id=507

    Also I found Sheffield have a Masters in occupational psychology: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgrad...logy-msc#tab01

    The one at Sheffield states that degree can lead to being a "chartered psychiatrist" (I guess by doing a PhD after).

    Then I read that after doing a PhD you can do a further course which allows you to register at an organisation and prescribe.

    I understand usually it's a medical undergraduate degree and then masters and PhD, however I am looking at routes to psychiatritry with a BA in business.

    It is not “usually it’s a medical undergraduate degree” - a medical degree as a graduate entry or an undergraduate entry is the ONLY route.

    A medical degree is the ONLY way you can become a psychiatrist.

    A psychiatrist is DIFFERENT to a psychologist.

    A Psychiatrist can prescribe.

    A Psychologist CANNOT prescribe as they are NOT a doctor. You can have all the PhDs in the world but you CANNOT prescribe with a psychology qualification.

    The ONLY way you can become a psychiatrist is to be a medical doctor first.

    Those Programmes are research in psychiatry- no where does it state that you will be a practicing psychiatry Ie. A DOCTOR. It is simply a research PhD looking at potential genetic links/causes in psychiatric illnesses. It does not qualify you to prescribe or treat people.

    Please read other posts on here about similar psychology v. Psychiatry. It is clear you do not understand the difference.

    If you want to practice psychology then I would recommend you do a Bsc in psychology first before you jump into a PhD/masters from a business route. Basics are the foundation; you might feel you are Above such basic training but there is a reason masters are a post graduate course and usually related in someway to the previous degree. Unlike business ba to a psychology masters.

    Sorry to burst your bubble but as I have said above, you cannot be a psychiatrist without doing a medical degree first.
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