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psychiatry through psychology

hello so i have been thinking about my future. i am currently doing an undergrad psychology course in final year and i have a plan to do my masters in clinical psych and to then do my phd or do a combined masters and phd. can anyone tell me if this is a good plan or what else i should do to become a psychiatrist. thank you
To become a psychiatrist you need to do a medical degree. There is no other route.

A clinical psychologist is not a psychiatrist.
Original post by artful_lounger
To become a psychiatrist you need to do a medical degree. There is no other route.

A clinical psychologist is not a psychiatrist.


why do i hear people finishing their masters in psychology and going onto becoming a psychiatrist at uni?
Original post by Fluffysweetfries
why do i hear people finishing their masters in psychology and going onto becoming a psychiatrist at uni?

They aren't. You may be confusing said people going into professional psychology roles (e.g. clinical psychology, forensic psychology, educational psychology etc).

Also you don't become a psychiatrist "at uni". You become a psychiatrist as a doctor in a specialty training post.
i mean with an undergraduate and going onto medical school when i say this

Original post by Fluffysweetfries
why do i hear people finishing their masters in psychology and going onto becoming a psychiatrist at uni?
Original post by artful_lounger
They aren't. You may be confusing said people going into professional psychology roles (e.g. clinical psychology, forensic psychology, educational psychology etc).

Also you don't become a psychiatrist "at uni". You become a psychiatrist as a doctor in a specialty training post.


no one said u become a psychiatrist at uni i was asking if my plan was good and if not is there another route which u havent even given a proper input
Original post by Fluffysweetfries
i mean with an undergraduate and going onto medical school when i say this

You can do medicine as a second degree in the UK. This can either be standard entry medicine or an accelerated graduate entry medicine (GEM) course. However if your aim is to do medicine at the outset, you should aim to apply to standard entry medicine as a school leaver, and take one or more gap years to achieve the necessary qualifications for that - as applying to medicine as a graduate, either for standard entry courses or GEM courses is considerably more competitive than standard entry medicine as a school leaver.

Outside of the UK in many countries medicine is a postgraduate degree only (e.g. in the US), which may also be where the confusion is coming from if you consume a lot of American media, for example.

Worth noting in either case, you do a medical degree and study the breadth of medicine and won't start specialising in psychiatry until after you graduate - and in the UK until after you complete the foundation programme where you rotate through various areas of medicine for 2 years before applying to specialty training (in psychiatry or otherwise).
Original post by Fluffysweetfries
no one said u become a psychiatrist at uni


You did:

Original post by Fluffysweetfries
going onto becoming a psychiatrist at uni?

Also
Original post by Fluffysweetfries
if my plan was good and if not is there another route which u havent even given a proper input


I literally explained why it was incorrect, and what the correct route is. If you think that is not "proper input" then I'm not able to help you.
(edited 7 months ago)
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Original post by Fluffysweetfries
hello so i have been thinking about my future. i am currently doing an undergrad psychology course in final year and i have a plan to do my masters in clinical psych and to then do my phd or do a combined masters and phd. can anyone tell me if this is a good plan or what else i should do to become a psychiatrist. thank you

No it is a really awful plan as Artful Lounger said (but in a more polite way). They are two completely different fields, and as such neither one helps you get further along the others career path...which is long and competitive in both fields.

If you want to do medicine then drop the psychology masters, if you want to be a practitioner psychologist forget the medicine.

Take care,

Greg
Reply 9
hey, as mentioned above, if you'd like to go into psychiatry (which is also one of the specialties I'm interested in!!) you need to complete a medical degree, so you'd have to apply for graduate entry medicine.

however, since you're doing a masters in psychology, you could also consider pursuing a PhD in psychology, which will allow you to qualify for a clinical psychologist. I'm not super sure about the pathways, but I believe the work you can do is similar to a psychiatrists if that's interesting to you!

but as mentioned above, you can't go into psychiatry through psychology, but you can do something similar if you go into clinical psychology
(edited 5 months ago)

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