Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Psychiatry) - Course Overview

  • STREAM

    MEDICAL

  • DURATION

    3 YEARS

  • COURSE

    Psychiatry

  • COURSE TYPE

    Post Graduation

    Doctorate of Medicine in Psychiatry Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

    Pranjal Singhal Pranjal Singhal
    Content Curator

    MD in Psychiatry is a 3-year postgraduate course in the medical discipline of mental health, the minimum eligibility for which is successful completion of any of MBBS, DMS, BHMS, and BDS.

    The average tuition fee charged in India for the course ranges between INR 25,000 and 20 Lacs. Admission to the course is based on the student’s performance in a relevant entrance exam conducted for admission to the course, such as National Eligibility Cum entrance test (NEET).

    Successful graduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Staff Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychiatrist, Prison Psychiatrist, Neuropsychiatries, Child Psychiatrist, etc.

    They are hired in fields such as health clinics, health centers, healthcare, natural apothecaries, college health centers, hospitals, etc., or may even pursue private practice. The average annual salary offered to such postgraduates in India ranges between INR 2 and 30 lacs.

    MD in Psychiatry: Course Highlights

    Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

    Course LevelPost Graduate
    Duration3 years
    Examination TypePhase System
    EligibilityMBBS, BDS, DMS, DHMS, BHMS, BAMS, BASM, BEMS, BIAMS, BNYT, BATS, BUMS, IAMS, BPT, B.Pharma., N.O., or M.D(A.M).
    Admission ProcessBased on performance in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)
    Course FeeINR 25,000 to 20 Lacs
    Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 30 Lacs per year
    Top Recruiting CompaniesHealthcare environments including hospitals, physician practices, integrative healthcare clinics, public health clinics, college health centers, natural apothecaries, and in settings that care for military veterans.
    Job PositionsChild and Adolescent Psychiatrist Forensic Psychiatrist Clinical Psychiatrist Staff Psychiatrist Prison Psychiatrist Behavioral Specialist Neuropsychiatrist, and such.

    MD in Psychiatry: What is it About?

    Psychiatry, as a special field of health care, essentially involves assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in a person. It works to explore the labyrinth of the human mind by means of research-based evidences and subtle techniques. A psychiatrist can differentiate between mentally healthy and mentally sick people.

    Often, mental and psychosomatic problems emerge in patients while undergoing any of the various surgical, medical, and gynecological cases. Psychiatrists delve into patients’ psychy, to understand the cause of the deep-rooted agonies, anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. Treatment is subsequently made by means of counseling and medication.

    The course’s curriculum involves subjects of study such as:

    • Psychology, anatomy, physiology
    • Biochemistry of the brain
    • Neurology and neurosurgery
    • Child psychiatry
    • Community psychiatry
    • Social psychiatry
    • Forensic psychiatry
    • Preventive psychiatry
    • Practical training at mental asylums.

    Top Institutes offering MD in Psychiatry

    Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.

    Name of InstituteCity Average Fees
    Maulana Azad Medical CollegeDelhiINR 55,000 (course)
    SRI RAMACHANDRA UNIVERSITYChennaiINR 20 Lacs (course)
    All India Institute of Medical SciencesDelhiINR 800 (course)
    Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhINR 45,000 (course)
    Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical CollegeTamil NaduINR 4 Lacs (course)

    Eligibility for MD in Psychiatry

    The minimum eligibility criteria needed to be met for admission to the course are:

    • Graduation completed from a recognized university, in any of MBBS, BDS, DMS, DHMS, BHMS, BAMS, BASM, BEMS, BIAMS, BNYT, BATS, BUMS, BPT, B.Pharma., N.O., and M.D. (A.M.).
    • A minimum aggregate score of 50% at the level of graduation.
    • For practitioners and research workers with at least 10 years of practice in the field, the requirement of fulfilment of such basic minimum eligibility criteria is not applicable.

    MD in Psychiatry: Admission Process

    Admission to the course at the top institutes in India is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam, such as the national-level National Eligibility Cum entrance test (NEET). Rounds of group discussion and personal interview follow, based on performance in which, admission is granted to qualifying candidates.

    MD in Psychiatry: Syllabus and Course Description

    A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated here.

    Semester I

    Semester II

    Basic Sciences as applied to PsychiatryClinical Psychiatry
    Monoamine Neurotransmitters and their implications for Psychiatric DisordersApproaching to Psychiatric Diagnosis and Classification
    Excitatory Amino Acids in Psychiatric DisordersEtiology and Clinical Profile of Dementias
    Neuropeptides and their relevance to PsychiatryOrganic Delusional, Mood and Personality Disorders
    Second Messenger Systems and BeyondConcept and Typology of Schizophrenia
    Basic and applied ElectrophysiologyBiological Basis of Schizophrenia
    Magnetic Resonance and Implications for PsychiatryCourse, Outcome and Prognosis of Schizophrenia
    ConsciousnessBrief and Reactive Psychosis
    Sleep and DreamingEtiological Theories of Mood Disorders
    ChronobiologySubtypes of Depressive Disorders and their Clinical Relevance
    Transcultural PsychiatryCourse and Outcome of Mood Disorders
    Aggression: Psychology and BiologyParanoid Disorders
    IntelligenceConcept and Typology of Personality Disorders
    Learning TheoriesAntisocial Personality Disorders
    Information Processing: Brain Models of Mind-
    Experimental Animal Research and Implications for Mental Disorder-

    Semester III

    Semester IV

    Anxiety disordersModels of psychotherapy: An overview
    Nosological status and natural historyScientific evaluation of efficacy of psychotherapy: methodological problems
    Reactions to severe stressBrief dynamic psychotherapies
    Current concept of dissociative disordersBehavioural therapies
    Somatization disorders: Diagnosis and clinical featuresCognitive therapies
    Nosological status and clinical features of NeurastheniaSupportive psychotherapies
    Non-organic sleep disordersPsychological management of sexual dysfunctions
    Recent advances in eating disordersComparative pharmacology of antipsychotic drugs
    Management of premature ejaculationShort-term side effects of antipsychotic drugs and their management
    Psychiatric aspects of homosexualityTardive dyskinesia: pathophysiology and management
    Biological basis of anxietyRecent advances in antidepressant drug therapy
    Habit and impulse disordersManagement of a suicidal patient
    -Role of Lithium in Psychiatric disorders
    -Adjuncts and alternatives to Lithium in the management of mood disorders
    -Drug treatment of generalized anxiety and panic disorders
    -Recent advances in drug treatment of obsessive compulsive disorders
    -Electro-convulsive Therapy: current trends

    Semester V

    Semester VI

    Human Rights of psychiatric patientsDementia: Differential Diagnosis and Management
    Ethics in PsychiatryDelirium: Differential Diagnosis and Management
    Indian Mental Health ActPsychiatric Syndromes with Epilepsy
    Epidemiology of psychiatric Illness in Old Age with Special Reference to India.Neuro-psychiatric Sequelae of HIV Infection
    Current Issues in Management of Elderly Psychiatric Patients.Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
    Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care - Its Role and Future in India.Psychological Aspects of Cardio-vascular Disorders
    Classification of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders.Psychological Aspects of Gastro-intestinal Disorders
    Learning Disorders of ChildhoodThe Terminally Ill Patient and Family
    Child Abuse and NeglectPsychological Aspects of Breast Cancer
    School RefusalObesity
    Pervasive Development Disorders of ChildhoodConcept and Assessment of Disability
    Preventive Aspects of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric DisordersConcept and Measurement of Quality of Life
    Neuro Psychological Assessment of ChildrenNeuro-psychological Assessment and its Relevance to Psychiatric Diagnosis and Management
    -Stress and Psychological Disorders
    -Psychological Aspects of Organ Transplantation

    MD in Psychiatry: Career Prospects

    Psychiatry is the systematic study of human behavior in all its aspects, of the human mind, on both individual community levels. Psychiatrists often work with other occupational therapists and social workers for rehabilitation of patients. Psychiatrists treat patients through counselling, psychotherapy, and if required, electric convulsive therapy (ECT) and the administration of drugs. Where required, they even work on desensitizing patients, mainly through hypnosis, for treatment of mental problems, such as depression and schizophrenia

    Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

    Doctorate of Medicine [MD] in Psychiatry
    Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Pay Scale in INR
    Psychiatric Social WorkerTheir main job is to assess patients and develop individualized plans of care. They may also provide therapy or counseling services to patients, as well as help family members learn to deal with mental illness in the family.6,50,000
    Special Education TeachersThese teachers work with students suffering from mental, emotional and learning abilities. They teach math, reading, and writing to those students.1,84,206
    PhysiciansPhysicians are professionals whose main duty is to treat patients who are diagnosed with severe mental injuries and illness. They provide prescription after examining and interpreting mental tests.8,75,000
    Child psychiatristsThese professionals deal with child patients suffering from emotional problems and diagnosed mental illnesses.1,250,000
    Recreation workersRecreation Workers design and lead leisure activities for groups in volunteer agencies or recreation facilities, such as playgrounds, parks, camps, aquatic centers, and senior centers.2,606,782

    Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Psychiatry) Fee Structure in India


    5.23 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES96 L (Maximum Fee)
    20.22 L (Average Fee)
    7.11 K (Minimum Fee)PRIVATE COLLEGES1.5 CR (Maximum Fee)
    45.72 L (Average Fee)

    Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Psychiatry) Fee Structure by State


    Karnataka

    1.11 LPUBLIC COLLEGES81.3 L
    40.88 L
    34.8 KPRIVATE COLLEGES1.5 CR
    48.91 L

    Tamil Nadu

    53.2 KPUBLIC COLLEGES90.1 L
    25.48 L
    67 KPRIVATE COLLEGES91 L
    56.16 L

    Maharashtra

    1.77 LPUBLIC COLLEGES78.75 L
    28.65 L
    2.15 LPRIVATE COLLEGES78.75 L
    51.69 L

    Uttar Pradesh

    90 KPUBLIC COLLEGES2.32 L
    1.4 L
    61.78 KPRIVATE COLLEGES1.2 CR
    51.71 L

    Delhi NCR

    6.88 KPUBLIC COLLEGES87.03 L
    14.83 L
    7.2 LPRIVATE COLLEGES1.2 CR
    65.9 L

    Kerala

    1.5 LPUBLIC COLLEGES54 L
    15.13 L
    1.53 LPRIVATE COLLEGES54.93 L
    36.51 L

    Rajasthan

    5.23 KPUBLIC COLLEGES21.53 K
    10.45 K
    12.88 KPRIVATE COLLEGES75 L
    42.27 L

    Gujarat

    1.3 LPUBLIC COLLEGES54.25 L
    14.64 L
    75 KPRIVATE COLLEGES27 L
    15.29 L

    Andhra Pradesh

    20 KPUBLIC COLLEGES10.8 L
    5.5 L
    75 KPRIVATE COLLEGES36 L
    17.08 L

    Madhya Pradesh

    5.83 KPUBLIC COLLEGES16.8 L
    8.43 L
    34.65 LPRIVATE COLLEGES57.52 L
    49.89 L

    West Bengal

    26 KPUBLIC COLLEGES48 K
    36.4 K
    14.55 LPRIVATE COLLEGES14.55 L
    14.55 L

    Haryana

    71.86 KPUBLIC COLLEGES87.03 L
    43.87 L
    77.85 LPRIVATE COLLEGES87.03 L
    82.44 L

    Puducherry

    96 LPUBLIC COLLEGES96 L
    96 L
    11.43 KPRIVATE COLLEGES1.04 CR
    46.04 L

    Orissa

    54.75 LPUBLIC COLLEGES54.75 L
    54.75 L
    54.75 LPRIVATE COLLEGES54.75 L
    54.75 L

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    medasani saicharan

    Hi sir As a pharm-D graduate am i eligible for MD psychiatry Please respond for my quarrie Thanking you

    25 Aug, 2019 22:01
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    Praver Katyal

    Hi Medasani, No, you have to be a Medicine graduate (have completed your M.B.B.S.) to pursue a post graduate degree in Psychiatry.

    04 Sep, 2019 17:28

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