Introduction to the Discipline

Introduction to the Discipline of Psychiatry

The Discipline of Psychiatry is located at the Nelson R Mandela School of Clinical Medicine, within the College of Health Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Its offices are on the 4th Floor of the Main Building at the Medical School Campus on Umbilo Rd, Durban.

The Discipline of Psychiatry comprises of an academic platform that includes hospital sites based in Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Empangeni. Undergraduate students perform their Psychiatry blocks in Durban (5th year MBChB) and Pietermaritzburg (4th year MBChB). Registrars in Psychiatry (specialist trainees or residents) are allocated to clinical units in all 3 centres.

 

DIVISIONS

The Discipline of Psychiatry has 6 academic divisions – these include:

    Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

 

ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

The following academic programmes are offered by the Discipline of Psychiatry:

MBChB – 3rd, 4th and 5th year modules, clinical blocks

MMed (Psychiatry)

Masters in Medical Science (Psychiatry)

PhD

 

POSTGRADUATE STUDY

Prospective postgraduate students are welcome to approach the Head of Discipline to discuss opportunities. Currently these opportunities comprise of:

  • Registrar (Psychiatry) and MMed degree – applicants must have at least 6 months of general medical experience post-community service. Posts are advertised every 6 months (in approximately April/May and Sept/Oct) by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health. Registrar posts are advertised in the national press and on the KZN Health website. Successful applicants enter into a 4 year contracted training position within the Discipline of Psychiatry at UKZN and concurrently register as MMed students at UKZN. The MMed degree is successfully completed when registrars have passed both the Parts I and II professional examinations and have completed a research dissertation or by publication (1 or more first author publications in an accredited journal).
  • MMedSci (Psychiatry) – applicants may apply for the 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time MMedSci (Psychiatry) degree. This is a masters degree by research and may be completed either by dissertation or by publication (1 or more first author publications in an accredited journal).
  • PhD – applicants from any discipline related to mental health and psychiatry may apply as full-time or part-time doctoral students. PhD is by research only and may be completed either by dissertation or by publication (5 or more first author publications in accredited journals).

 

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

The Discipline of Psychiatry is active in a number of research areas (see link to Research page). Opportunities for research involvement include: postdoctoral positions; masters and doctoral degrees; research assistants on various studies within the Discipline. Interested individuals are welcome to contact the HOD, Prof JK Burns (burns@ukzn.ac.za) with inquiries.