The duration of the clinical, psychiatric posting will be 8 weeks scheduled in the final year of the medical programme. Prior to this intensive teaching and training, students would have already been exposed to a series of lectures, seminars and other teaching and learning activities of behavioural science, normal and applied psychology in an effort to prepare them for clinical psychiatry in the final year posting.

Clinical teaching will be conducted with emphasis on bedside teaching. In addition students will participate in clinical conferences and clinical ward rounds. The clinical component of the psychiatric posting will be conducted at the Department of Psychiatry of Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan, Kuantan, Pahang; and mental institution of Hospital Permai Tampoi Johor for Forensic Psychiatry posting.

Course Synopsis

In line with IIUM vision of Islamization, Internationalization and Integration, the curriculum stresses integration in theoretical and practical aspect of psychiatry. The curriculum is designed with a holistic approach in that psychiatric problems are considered from the physical, physiological, spiritual, psychological and social perspective.


Psychiatric related subject is introduced as early as in first year medical course (Phase 1) until the end of the course which is in year 5 (8 weeks). The essential knowledge on human psychology, behaviour and psychopathology are integrated in Basic Medical Sciences subjects in the first two years. In year 3 there are several sessions on history taking and mental state examination during Elementary Clinics Posting. Students are introduced to series of lectures, sign and symptoms of psychiatric diseases and interview technique during the Introduction to Psychiatry module in Fourth Year. Final year posting of psychiatry is the most important for the students to apply the theories and knowledge of psychiatry in which students involve in clinical work for 8 weeks.

Undergraduate Courses

Year 5- Psychiatric Posting

The psychiatry course aims to:

  • Ensure that the student can manage common psychiatric problems which he/she may be presented with during the pre-registration period as a house officer
  • Lay the foundations for the skills and knowledge that the student will need to manage common psychiatric problems post-registration, in whatever field the student might work in
  • Continue to develop the student’s skills in communication, teamwork, evidence-based practice and clinical decision making
  • Inspire students to pursue a career in psychiatry or to have a special interest in psychiatry while training in another specialty

The essential knowledge that students will acquire are:

  • Signs and symptoms of common psychiatric diseases such as mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, substance related psychiatric disorders, common childhood psychiatric disorders, and medical related psychiatric disorders
  • Epidemiology of psychiatric disorders
  • Etiology of psychiatric disorders
  • Basic principal of psychotherapies
  • Principles of treatment and management of common psychiatric disorders
  • Ethical and legal aspects of psychiatry

Acquired Skills

  • Interview techniques during psychiatric emergencies
  • Conducting mental state examinations
  • Assessing a patient’s risk to others
  • Assessing a patient’s suicide risk
  • Detecting common psychiatric symptoms
  • Formulating psychiatric cases
  • Effective communication skills
  • Basic psychotherapy skills
  • Treating and managing common psychiatric disoders

Teaching Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Ward-rounds
  • Outpatient clinic
  • Problem-based learning
  • Videos
  • Case clerking and presentations
  • Clinico pathological conference (CPC)
  • Log books
  • Case write-ups
  • On call duties
  • Home visits
  • Visits to mental institutions
  • Methadone Maintenance Therapy

Assessment of Posting

The assessment is conducted in summative and formative methods. The continuous assessment of every student throughout the posting contributes certain marks for the whole assessment of the students. A rough weight of marks are: Theory- 60% (MCQ, PMP); Clinical- 40>#/p###

Postgraduate Courses

The department of psychiatry, Kulliyyah of Medicine is currently looking forward to start our own postgraduate program, the Master of Medicine (Psychiatry). The programme has been presented in the National Postgraduate Conjoint Board, passed IIUM Dean Council and IIUM Senate. We are currently at the phase of sending our proposal to the Malaysia Quality Assurance (MQA) for approval to start the program.


The general objective of the Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) is to provide a comprehensive training in psychiatry with strong humanistic & Islamic values to doctors. The trainees will also have well-equipped research & statistical knowledge and skills in psychiatry. With the in-depth emphasis in research will produce research-oriented psychiatrists for the nation. Other important objective is the programme will ensure that IIUM Kulliyyah of Medicine will be able to train and produce lecturers in the Kulliyyah. The acquisition and propagation of knowledge in the spirit of Tauhid (Faith) within the Islamic worldview as embodied in the University mission, viz: Islamization, Integration, Internationalization and Comprehensive Excellence.

General Objectives:

• To impart knowledge and skills to the candidates of the Masters of Medicine Programme in Psychiatry with strong foundation in Islamic perspective and research in psychiatry. To enabling them to function independently as safe and competent psychiatrists.

Specific Objectives:

• Demonstrate thorough knowledge in the field of psychiatry and adequate knowledge in the psychiatric sub-specialties. • Broad knowledge in the fields of psychopathology aspects of aetiology, symptomatology, treatment and management. • Ability to take detail history and carrying out physical and mental states examinations. • Ability to conduct appropriate investigations . • Ability to impart knowledge in Islam to the management of psychiatric disorders. • Leadership skills and cooperate with other staff e.g. clinical psychologist, medical social worker, occupational therapist and others. • Good attitude and sense of responsibility while discussing with colleagues and while treating patients. • Capacity to continue acquiring current knowledge in psychiatry and keeping abreast of latest developments in the field of medicine in general. • Ability to undertake research activities in psychiatry with advanced skills in statistics obtained in the course. • Ability to function as consultant who is efficient in raising the levels of expertise, practice and mental health standard in the society.

The course outline

It will be a 4 years course, similar to other Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) offered by other local university in Malaysia. Year/Module Course Code Course Title Phase I (Year 1) 1 MPM 6110 Basic Sciences 2 MPM 6120 Basic Psychiatry Phase II (Year 2) 1 MPM 6210 General Psychiatry 2 MPM 6220 Rehabilitation & Community Psychiatry 3 MPM 6230 Forensic Psychiatry 4 MPM 6240 Geriatric Psychiatry Phase II (Year 3) 1 MPM 6310 Neuro-Medical 2 MPM 6320 Addiction Psychiatry 3 MPM 6330 Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Phase III (Year 4) 1 MPM 6410 Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry 2 MPM 6420 Administrative General Psychiatry


It is hope that this programme shall assist in producing more psychiatrists, as the number of psychiatrists in Malaysia is inadequate.