Master of Mental Health Nursing

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 Nursing aims to expand nursing clinicians’ knowledge and skills in mental health practice with evidence-based knowledge and practice enabling immediate application/translation in the workplace. 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 Nursing and Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing in research, specialist clinical skills and knowledge as well as clinical leadership.

Current mental health postgraduate programs in Australia focus on either acute mental health care settings or generic mental health. ACU’s Master of Mental Health Nursing has been developed specifically for nursing clinicians entering into the specialist area of mental health. The course is targeted to new nursing graduates and to those working in mental health but who have no formal postgraduate mental health qualifications.

In the current period of mental health service provision reform, there has been a shift in focus from acute inpatient treatment to recovery-oriented practice, so the workforce requires professional development opportunities to keep pace with such changes.

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

Professional recognition

This course is accredited under the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) National Framework for Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing Education. It meets the requirements of a postgraduate qualification for employment beyond entry level in mental health settings and for credentialing as a mental health nurse.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • 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 federal government policy
  • consumer and carer groups
  • mental health focused research

Course details

Course structure

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

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Sample program map

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

Year 1 - Semester 1

NRSG652 Recovery Oriented Mental Health Nursing

NRSG651 Holistic Individual Centred Mental Health Nursing Practice

HLSC657 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

HLSC640 Interpreting Health Research

NRSG653 Health Promotion and Social Inclusion in Mental Health Nursing

NRSG655 Reflective Practice and Clinical Supervision in Mental Health Nursing

HLSC605 Leadership in Health Care

PHIL623 Healthcare Ethics: Principles in Practice

Year 2 - Semester 1

NRSG658 Mental Health Nursing Project

20 cp

Elective Unit

Elective Unit

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 Nursing

80 cp

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

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing

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 :

a. have completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree (or higher); OR have completed the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing or the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing or equivalent;


b. provide written confirmation from their employer that they are employed in a mental health service.

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 that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

Graduates may be eligible to apply for higher degree studies.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$5497 CSP
$21155 Fee-paying

Commonwealth Supported Places are available to commencing students only.

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

Apply now

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.



“I enjoyed the small focussed study groups. All my lecturers remembered my name and I felt very much a part of the ACU university community.”

Mental health nursing student

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