MD in Psychiatry

MD in Psychiatry

MD psychiatry programme was started by Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health of Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine in 1977. The candidates who pass the examination will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Psychiatry by Tribhuvan University.


The three-year MD (Psychiatry) programme will prepare a resident to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitude required of him /her and to acquire the competencies to manage mental health problems independently.

Competency of an MD Postgraduate:

On completion of the MD Psychiatry residency programme, the candidate will be able to provide comprehensive and effective management of mental health problem encountered in Nepal independently. The resident will be able to:

  1. Manage independently mental health problems of all types.
  2. Diagnose mental health problem by collecting information from the patients and relatives, physical examination and available diagosticprocedures and facilities.
  3. Demonstrate an adequate knowledge, skills and attitude for the development of mental health services.
  4. Arrange and/or conducts appropriate in service training for hospital staff and community health personal of all levels in matters concerning mental health.
  5. Independently and efficiently organized mental health services of defined geographical area or group of persons.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of and act consistently within healthcare objectives of HMG Nepal.
  7. Work in multi-disciplinary team of related professionals and act as leader.
  8. Maintain personal and professional standards of international level.

Salient Features

General training Concepts:

A variety of concepts need to be incorporated into postgraduate training. These have been kept in mind while developing the detailed educational objectives. The postgraduate will go through three years full time residential training. A preceptor/guide will be designated for each PG student.


Eligibility Criteria:

  1. The candidate must have completed MBBS or equivalent course including internship.
  2. Candidates must be registered with the Nepal Medical Council.
  3. New rules or regulations formulated by Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine will apply to this programme as they come into effect.
  4. One year experience in any government, university or charitable hospital.

Prospect Careers

Curricular Structure


General guidelines of the Institute of Medicine will be followed in relation to evaluation. Evaluation will be based on theory, thesis and practical/clinical examinations. These are as follows:

First Year:

Paper I Paper II Paper III
Basic Neuroscience & Neuropathology
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Behavioural Sciences
Basic ScienceClinical/Practical

Second Year (Thesis):

As part of requirement, the candidate will have to undertake a research work under guidance of the faculty and write a thesis. Dissertation work should preferably be completed and submitted six months ahead of the anticipated date of MD final examination. The candidate will not be allowed to sit for final examination unless the thesis has been accepted.

Third Year:

- General Psychiatry
- Child & Adolecent Psychiatry
- Neuropsychiatry
- Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
- Neurology
- Addiction Psychiatry
- Forensic Psychiatry
- Community and Social Psychiatry
- Geriatric Psychiatry
- Psychopharmacology and
- Other Treatment Methods.

Practical/ Clinical:

At the end of 3 years residency programme, a practical/clinical assessment will be made.