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Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryOnline
Start datesTrimester 1 (24 Jan 2022), Trimester 2 (9 May 2022), Trimester 3 (22 Aug 2022), Trimester 1 (24 Jan 2022), Trimester 2 (9 May 2022), Trimester 3 (22 Aug 2022),
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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 support during your studies from teachers who are experienced mental health nurses - you will undertake learning and assessment that will prepare you to meet the needs of consumers and their communities as well as employers.
  • 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.
  • 90.4% of our Master of Mental Health Nursing graduates were satisfied with their degree (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-2019)

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What you will study

The Master of Mental Health Nursing is intended for health professionals wishing to undertake a specialist qualification in Mental Health. The main focus is on clinical practice in the area of mental health service provision.

In addition to providing foundational studies in mental health, the program also provides opportunities to study issues and topics of particular interest such as:

  • 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
  • Youth and young adult 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

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

How to apply

Applying for Master of Mental Health Nursing

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Clinical supervision

Throughout the Master of Mental Health Nursing Program, you will be required to reflect on your experience. The use of a clinical supervisor may be helpful in this.

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Applicants must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), the Australian Association of Social Workers national board or other recognised accrediting body with:

  • Honours; or
  • A postgraduate qualification; or
  • A minimum of one year's experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae.

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

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Ok, great, let's go!

Applications to study are now open. Submit your application now.

Important: If you have a completed Bachelor of Nursing, and are yet to complete postgraduate study, please ensure that certified copies of undergraduate academic transcripts are included with your application. You must also provide details of a minimum of one year's experience, documented in a professional curriculum vitae (CV).

If you are a hospital trained nurse, please provide details of a minimum of eight year's experience, documented in a professional CV.

Download an example CV (PDF, 396KB)

Apply to study in Australia

Applications to study are now open. Submit your application now.

Important: If you have a completed Bachelor of Nursing, and are yet to complete postgraduate study, please ensure that certified copies of undergraduate academic transcripts are included with your application. You must also provide details of a minimum of one year's experience (documented in a professional curriculum vitae)

If you are a hospital trained nurse, please provide details of a minimum of eight year's experience (documented in a professional curriculum vitae).

Download an example CV (PDF, 396KB)

Apply to study online

This program is open to online international students. Applications to study online are now open.

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