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)*
- Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not availableMidyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023Applications 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.
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.
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:
- case manager/worker
- team leader
- service manager
- triage manager
- psychiatric consultation and liaison nurse
- nurse practitioner
To complete the Master of Mental Health, a student must complete 120 credit points (cp).
Sample program map
|Year - Study period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Unit 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
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.
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health
Duration: 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Graduate Certificate in Mental Health
Duration: 1 year part-time
An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must :
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to apply
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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.