The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 25 Jan 2021
  • Trimester 2 - 10 May 2021
  • Trimester 3 - 23 Aug 2021
  • Trimester 1 - 25 Jan 2021
  • Trimester 2 - 10 May 2021
  • Trimester 3 - 23 Aug 2021
Mode of delivery



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

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 support during your studies from teachers who are experienced mental health nurses - you will undertake learning and assessment that will prepare you to 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.
  • Top 5 in Australia for overall graduate satisfaction (Source QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-2019 – Postgraduate – Nursing Category)
  • Be recognised internationally - the University of Newcastle is ranked in the top 38 in the world for nursing (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).

Top 5 in Australia ? for overall graduate satisfaction
12 ? Medical and Health Sciences areas rated at ‘well above standard
World top 38 ? for Nursing

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.

This program 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
  • 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 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