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Specialist Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists are specialists in mental health issues. Unlike psychologists, psychiatrists are medical doctors who can prescribe medication. 

They diagnose, assess, treat and prevent human mental, emotional and behavioural issues. 

Psychiatrists often deal with very complex and chronic mental health cases.  

Required Qualifications

  1. Certificate (National Senior Certificate or National Certificate (v) with Bachelor’s Degree Pass)
  2. Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Medicine)
  3. Post-graduate degree (Master of Medicine in Psychiatry)

Duration of Study

Specialist Psychiatrists in South Africa typically study for about 10 years. The first 6 years is spent on theoretical training to obtain a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and the other four years in post-grad studies to obtain a Master of Medicine in Psychiatry degree.

In addition to the 6 years of undergraduate study and four years of post-graduate study, specialist psychiatrists also usually spend 1 year in student internship and 1 year in community service.

Employment Opportunities

Psychiatrists in South Africa have many opportunities for employment and often work in:

  • State hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private practice

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