Master of Mental Health

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$5497 CSP
$21155 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


The Master of Mental Health aims to expand allied health clinicians’ knowledge and skills in mental health practice and leadership through evidence-based knowledge and practice. Students have the option to pursue a project stream or a research stream within this course. As such, they may complete either a project and two elective subjects, or complete a research dissertation in their final semester.

Both streams consolidate learning from the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Graduate Diploma in Mental Health in research, specialist clinical skills and knowledge as well as clinical leadership.

The first 40 credit points of the course consist of units in the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health; the second 40 credit points of this course are derived from the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and the final 40 credit points consist of either project or research stream units.

Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this course. See the Courses costs section below, under Fees.

Professional experience

Students need to provide written confirmation from their employer that their workplace duties bring them into regular contact with people who have mental health problems.

Professional recognition

This course meets the requirements of a postgraduate qualification for employment beyond entry level in mental health settings.


Graduates will be able to apply their theoretical and practical learning in a range of mental health settings.

Examples of potential employment settings include:

  • public and private health care organisations
  • child and adolescent, adult and older person mental health services
  • acute, community, rehabilitation and long term care focused settings
  • local, state and commonwealth government policy
  • consumer and carer groups
  • mental health based research

Examples of potential employment roles include:

  • clinician
  • case manager/worker
  • team leader
  • service manager
  • triage manager
  • psychiatric consultation and liaison nurse
  • nurse practitioner

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Master of Mental Health, a student must complete 120 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Semester 1

HLSC650 Recovery Oriented Mental Health

HLSC651 Holistic Individual Centred Mental Health Practice

HLSC657 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

HLSC640 Interpreting Health Research

Year 1 - Semester 2

HLSC652 Health Promotion and Social Inclusion

HLSC655 Reflective Practice and Clinical Supervision in Mental Health

HLSC605 Leadership in Health Care

PHIL623 Healthcare Ethics: Principles in Practice

Year 2 - Semester 1

HLSC617 Independent Project

20 cp

Elective Option

Elective Option

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

Graduate Diploma in Mental Health

80 cp

Duration: 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health

40 cp

Duration: 1 year part-time

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must :

  1. have completed a Bachelor degree in a Health Discipline; OR have completed the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health or Graduate Certificate in Mental Health or equivalent; AND
  2. provide written confirmation from their employer that their workplace duties bring them into regular contact with people who have mental health problems

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$5497 CSP
$21155 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Conditions apply.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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Applicants of Mental Health are required to complete and upload the Statement of Employment form with their application.


Deferment is available for one year. Students must meet employment at the point of commencing studies. Find out more about deferment.


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