Mental Health Sciences

A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time l Part-time
Location: On campus l External | Online with some on campus intensives

Courses 

Course name: Graduate Certificate in Health (Mental Health Sciences)
Duration (full-time equivalent):  6 months
GradStart code:  2GC057 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2GC557 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code:  External

Course name: Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Sciences
Duration (full-time equivalent):  1 year
GradStart code: 2GD035 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2GD535 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code: 055239M

Course name: Master of Mental Health Sciences
Duration (full-time equivalent): 2 years
GradStart code: 2CM046 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2CM546 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code: 036364G

Overview

The postgraduate programs in mental health sciences provide opportunities for people from mental health backgrounds to enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes in the area of mental health sciences. The aim is to equip graduates from a variety of health professions with profound knowledge and understanding of the theory, principles and practice of mental health sciences with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (or Behavioural-Cognitive Therapy). Students will develop proficiency in CBT and contingent upon the actual award undertaken will, upon completion of the course, be able to practise as specialists in that field.

Masters level graduates will undertake to learn the skills to:

  1. Assess, treat and evaluate clients with a variety of problems to a high standard of clinical competency consistent with current Best Practice as recognised within the field of CBT and more widely in mental health sciences.
  2. Act as the main therapist, liasing with other professionals.
  3. Educate others (health professionals, clients and families) regarding mental health sciences and with particular reference to CBT.
  4. Act as clinical supervisors to other health professionals on issues relating to mental health sciences and CBT.
  5. Undertake research in the field of mental health sciences.

The programs have been developed to allow stepwise progression from the Graduate Certificate to the Graduate Diploma through to the Masters degree. The programs use a problem based learning approach to develop skills and knowledge that extend into clinical practice.

What will I study?

Refer to the course rule:

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold an approved undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in a health-related area, e.g. nursing, medicine, social work, psychology, occupational therapy, behavioural science or counselling.

International students: Entry and English language requirements

Applications

Domestic students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Check SATAC.

 

 

International students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: How to apply
Application closing dates: Semester 1 - 30 November of the year preceding admission
Semester 2 - 31 May of that year.

 

Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Graduate Certificate in Health (Mental Health Sciences)

Place type: Commonwealh supported

2015: $4,384

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2015: $9,360

2015: $13,650
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Sciences

Place type: Commonwealh supported

2015: $8,768

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2015: $18,720

2015: $27,300
Master of Mental Health Sciences

Place type: Commonwealh supported

2015: $8,768

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2015: $18,720

2015: $27,300

Note:

  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
  • If the number of applicants for Commonwealth supported places exceeds the number of places available, eligible applicants will be ranked based on their Grade Point Average (GPA). Please refer to the Postgraduate EzyGuide for fee status information.
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.

Faculty contact 

Department of Psychiatry , School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences,
Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA 5001
Administrative Officer (Mental Health Sciences programs). Tel: (08) 8204 3930.
Email: mhsc.programs@health.sa.gov.au

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