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What will I learn?

This course seeks to develop professional knowledge and skills for clinicians delivering mental health care. Depending upon their undergraduate studies students select from community mental health, child psychotherapy, psychiatrist in training or mental health nursing. These specialisations aim to meet the specific needs of these disciplines within mental health services. The course can be completed by coursework, or for those professionals seeking to build their research capacity, incorporation of a research project or minor thesis is available to address that need.

This three-year, part-time degree is taught off campus by some of Australia's most experienced mental health professionals and researchers, allowing you to apply the latest thinking to your workplace as you study. The course also includes an on-campus workshop.

Whichever stream you choose, you'll graduate able to evaluate research literature, identify research gaps, conduct practice-based research projects and develop, apply and advocate evidence-based best practice.

Career Opportunities

The Master of Mental Health Science allows Graduate students who are working in the health and welfare areas and disciplines to further their education by a combination of coursework and research.

Students can choose to specialise in community mental health, child psychotherapy, psychiatrist in training or mental health nursing.

This course prepares graduates for senior clinical, management, policy and planning mental health positions in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Students who choose the Child Psychotherapy specialisation and complete the 8 units in the prescribed order, will meet some of the criteria to be eligible to apply for Professional recognition with the Psychotherapy Associations in Australia.


  • Child psychotherapy studies
  • Mental health
  • Mental Health Nursing
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Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,800.00 (19,82,759) per year
Start date

Information not available

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline with a pass (50%) average.

For international students

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline with at least a credit average (60 percent), or equivalent qualification or experience that the faculty considers to be equivalent, and relevant work experience.

English entry requirements

Level A

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0

Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 50, Reading 50, Speaking 50 and Writing 50

TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21

Paper-based TOEFL 550 Test of written English: 4.5

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 176 No skill score below 169
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) 176 No skill score below 169

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.