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Can I do Psychology degree and then Psychiatry masters? I want to become a psychiatrist but I’m already doing my A levels in psychology. I am new to UK and I’m taking Humanities & Social Sciences Access course. If I had to do medical school, id have to go back and do my GCSEs sciences(physics, biology, chemistry) and then do my A Levels which would take another 2-3 years. Do you guys have any idea what to do? I’m still kind of confused with the UK school system and the career advisors are not helping or trying to explain anything to me. Plus I’m getting older each day lol. Thanks
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No. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor and you therefore need to do a medicine degree to become a psychiatrist, followed by psychiatry specialty training.

Look into the two careers carefully - psychiatry and psychology - and be sure you clearly understand the differences so you know which it is that you want to do.

Have a look in the medicine forum about entry requirements etc if it's really medicine that you want to do - not going to be completely straightforward if you don't have science A-levels, but there are plenty of options.
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This is what the internet states which makes me confused even more. ”the first step to becoming a psychiatrist is to earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. In preparation for medical school, a good choice would be to focus on pre-med, physical sciences or psychology.” And at the moment I can only do psychology since I do not have any GCSE science neither A Levels. ..
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This is what the internet states which makes me confused even more. ”the first step to becoming a psychiatrist is to earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. In preparation for medical school, a good choice would be to focus on pre-med, physical sciences or psychology.” And at the moment I can only do psychology since I do not have any GCSE science neither A Levels. ..
That's America. In other countries medicine is a post-grad course only, hence you'll have to do another degree first. There's no "pre-med" in the UK either.

In the UK to do psychiatry (a medical specialty) you'll have to do medicine (which can be done as an undergraduate or post-graduate course) - by all means you can do psychology as a degree then go for graduate entry medicine.
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Okay, so I can do undergraduate psychology and then graduate psychiatry? Or do I have to take graduate medicine? Plus do I still need to do my gcse & a level sciences right now? Cause I don’t have any gcses except English, Maths & ICT and Level 3 Sociology & Psychology(A Level).
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psychiatrists are medical doctors with speciality training 🙃
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Okay, so I can do undergraduate psychology and then graduate psychiatry? Or do I have to take graduate medicine? Plus do I still need to do my gcse & a level sciences right now? Cause I don’t have any gcses except English, Maths & ICT and Level 3 Sociology & Psychology(A Level).
As I have said already psychiatry is a medical specialty. There isn't a degree / post-graduate course called "psychiatry".

You will have to do medicine (either undergraduate or graduate entry - as a graduate you can apply to both, if you meet the undergraduate A-Level requirements), then specialise in core psychiatry training, then sub-specialise in whatever psychiatry specialty you want to do. But that's years in the future so come back to TSR when you are an FY1 doctor (I hope that by the you'll understand how the process work anyway!!).
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