Training Pathway

Adult Psychiatry


There are four steps in the training pathway to become a specialist in Adult Psychiatry.

Step 1 – Medical School

Step 2 – Intern Year

Step 3 – Foundation Year + Basic Specialty Training in Psychiatry

Step 4 – Higher Specialty Training in Adult Psychiatry

Higher Specialty Training

Following basic specialty training doctors may choose to continue training at higher specialist training level. Doctors must decide the specialty they wish to pursue.

The information below outlines important information about training in the specialty of Adult Psychiatry.

Entry Requirements for Adult Psychiatry

Psychiatry Training in Ireland comprises a streamlined career path through Basic Specialist Training (BST) and Higher Specialist Training (HST).

Entry to the Adult Psychiatry Higher Specialist Training is dependent on successful completion of the Basic Specialty Training Programme in Psychiatry.

Duration & Organiation of Training of Higher Specialist Training in Adult Psychiatry

Specialisation within Psychiatry Training occurs during the final three years of the career pathway. The final 3 years of training consist of 3 x 12 month clinical attachments resulting in the award of a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training

In Adult Psychiatry, two of the final three years will be in general Adult Psychiatry clinical placements and the third year may be spent in General Adult Psychiatry, psychiatric research or one of the other Adult specialties or subspecialties (Forensic, Liaison, Social & Rehabilitation, or Addiction, Medical Psychotherapy, Academic).

Those who chose higher training in adult psychiatry may become specialists in Psychiatry(General Adult) alone (single certification) or in combination with, Learning Disability Psychiatry or Psychiatry of Old Age (dual certification).

For more information visit the College of Psychiatrists website.

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