What will I learn?

The Master of Youth Mental Health is an industry-leading course offering access to expert knowledge and the latest theory, research and evidence-based approaches in this specialised and rapidly-evolving area of mental health.

Developed in close consultation with Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health – a global leader of research in the field – this is the only graduate program in Australia dedicated entirely to youth mental health.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of development in young people, and discuss the impacts of psychotic, non-psychotic, behavioural and mood disorders, and learn best-practice engagement, assessment and intervention approaches and enhance your existing abilities when working with young people in a therapeutic or clinical context. In your final year, you will have the opportunity to complete a substantial research project under the guidance of a supervisor.

Delivered entirely online, the Master of Youth Mental Health is designed to be taken part-time over three years, providing the flexibility and support needed for busy professionals to fit study around existing work commitments.

Who this course is for?

This course is suitable for health professionals working across a range of community and clinical settings who are looking to enhance or focus their skills and capacity to work with young people in creative ways. It's of particular relevance to:

Psychiatrists
General practitioners
Psychologists
Nurses
Occupational therapists
Social workers
Youth workers.

You will learn alongside a diverse group of peers while gaining insights relevant to your own practice.

Course aims

Orygen estimates that one million young Australians experience mental ill-health and there is high demand for skilled practitioners to meet this need. The course is designed to strengthen the mental health workforce nationally and internationally. As a graduate, you will be well-placed to pursue career opportunities in the field and be able to make a difference in the lives and outcomes of young people.

Career outcomes

As a student of this unique course, you will gain the skills and knowledge to become a leader in the field. You will enhance your capacity to work effectively with young people and your specialised body of knowledge will help advance your career and ensure you remain at the forefront of the discipline.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance (3 years part time)

Tuition fees
A$10,096.00 (5,40,471) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $31,827
Start date

28 February 2022, 25 July 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Graduate coursework programs normally require the satisfactory completion of an undergraduate degree either from the University of Melbourne, another Australian institution, or a university in another country. English language requirements for Coursework degree: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English (Academic) - 58 + no other communicative skill below 50; Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 176 + no less than 185 in Writing and 169 in each other skill. English language requirements for Master of Philosophy: IELTS (academic English Only) - 7.0 overall, with written 7 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 600 + TWE 5.0; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 94 + (Writing 27; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English (Academic) - 65 + written communicative skill of 65 and no other communicative skill below 50; Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 185 + no less than 185 in Writing and 169 in each other skill.

For international students

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline such as Health Science, Social Work, Psychology, Medicine, or related discipline; or
An undergraduate degree or equivalent in any discipline, and at least two years of documented relevant professional work experience; or
At least six years of documented relevant professional work experience, including clear evidence of career development, professional writing, and professional achievement or practice comparable to that expected of undergraduate degree holders in cognate disciplines.

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

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

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