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Psychiatric Therapeutics PgCert

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


14 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

Course Summary

The Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Therapeutics at Aston University is a distance learning course that has been written, taught and assessed by specialist mental health pharmacists. This qualification is often a requirement for specialist clinical mental health positions in the NHS and this course is accredited by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP).

Professional accreditation

The programme is accredited by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP).

Course outline, assessment and staff

You will take six modules in total, two of which are introductory with the following four covering the major therapeutic areas of psychiatry. One module will be made available online every two months and there is a written assessment at the end of each module.


Introduction to Psychiatry
Underlying Principles
Affective Disorders
Anxiety Disorders

All course materials will be delivered electronically and you will encounter a range of learning methods, including:

Study of authored text material, directed reading and self assessed exercises
Formative exercises and assignments
Additional reading
Application within professional practice.

Assessment is by assignments and multi-response question papers, plus a final examination, home students are required to attend the University for the final exam.


Underlying Principles
Anxiety and Sleep Disorders
The Dementias and Related Disorders
The Affective Disorders
An Introduction to Psychiatry and Integrated Psychiatric Therapeutics

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

Applicants would usually possess a good honours degree (minimum lower 2nd class) from a recognised university in one of the following subjects (or an equivalent qualification as agreed with the Programme Director; Pharmacy Technicians without a degree but with extensive relevant experience will also be considered): Pharmacy; Medicine; Nursing. We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.