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RCSI Department of Psychiatry


The Department of Psychiatry operates from the RCSI Education and Research Centre, Beaumont Hospital under the direction of Professor Kieran Murphy who has headed the department since January 2002.


We provide teaching at undergraduate level for medical students within Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and for elective students from other medical schools. In addition to clinical attachments at Beaumont Hospital, students also attend Connolly Hospital (Blanchardstown), St. Ita's Hospital , St. Vincent's Hospital (Fairview), Cavan General Hospital, Newcastle Hospital (Greystones), St.Luke's Hospital (Kilkenny), Cluain Mhuire Family Centre (Blackrock) and Waterford Regional Hospital.

Curriculum delivery involves an on-line video lecture and interactive tutorial program, small-group tutorials, case-based teaching and clinical skills tutorials.

Postgraduate & Research

The Department provides post-graduate training for Basic and Higher Specialist Training in Psychiatry through the RCSI Rotational Training Scheme in Psychiatry. We have a strong research ethos with emphasis on both basic science and clinical research.

Psychiatry Research Themes:

Specific research themes include:

Behavioral phenotypes in genetics disorders
Cellular cytoarchitectural and protein signature of major psychiatric disorder
Developmental epidemiology of psychosis
Neurobiology of autistic spectrum disorders
Deliberate self harm
The neurobiology of epilepsy and non-epileptic sequences.


Mental Health Services research

RCSI Psychiatry Examinations & Prizes

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Psychiatry Postgraduate Opportunities
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