The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 4 Feb 2019
  • Trimester 2 - 20 May 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
  • Trimester 1 - 4 Feb 2019
  • Trimester 2 - 20 May 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
Mode of delivery



1 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

UON program code: 12197

Study Mental Health Nursing

One in two Australians will experience mental illness at some point in their life. As mental health is a growing health care and social issue across all cultures and economies, mental health expertise is continuing to develop, and new models of care are being established to meet the specific needs of these patients.

The Master of Mental Health Nursing will help you develop the specialised skills and knowledge to advance your career in this challenging and rewarding area of healthcare.

Why study with us?

  • Receive ongoing mentoring from our network of experienced mental health nurses - you will participate in a variety of mental health facilities and environments which will prime you to meet the needs of the workforce, as well as patients, once you complete your studies.
  • Study online at your own pace - the University of Newcastle’s advanced online learning system will allow you to achieve your Master of Mental Health Nursing at a time that suits you.
  • High demand for nurses - projected shortage of nurses makes qualified nurses sought after.
  • Be recognised internationally - the University of Newcastle is ranked in the top 100 in the world for nursing (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).
  • Exceptional learning experience - postgraduate studies in nursing at the University of Newcastle rank #1 in Australia for overall educational experience and support (Quality Indicators of Teaching and Learning 2017).

What you will study

To deliver purposeful contemporary therapies in mental health you need to be a highly-specialised clinical practitioner with unique skills in person-centered models of care. The University of Newcastle's approach is one of distinction and excellence, equipping our graduates with specialised knowledge, developed through your ongoing engagement with expert mental health clinicians throughout your studies.

The Master of Mental Health Nursing places emphasis on the foundation principles in mental health nursing, and will also on strengthen your specialised clinical practice in areas like:

  • Talking therapies
  • The delivery of psycho-social and psycho-educational interventions
  • Mental health care for older people
  • Illness management and recovery
  • Mental health in primary care
  • Forensic mental health.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Mental health nursing is as rewarding as it is challenging; your work as a mental health nurse will play a significant role in supporting and treating people who need individualised, person recovery-centred care to achieve sustainable wellness. With the Master of Mental Health Nursing under your belt, you can achieve clinical excellence and help people on their path to recovery.

Prospective career paths may include:

  • clinical mental health nurse
  • clinical nurse consultant
  • mental health nurse researcher
  • nurse practitioner