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The Master of Mental Health Nursing is a 54-unit program offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold a nursing degree or an equivalent qualification approved by the Faculty Board, must be registered general nurses or registered mental health/psychiatric nurses with a current practising certificate, and must have a minimum of two years of post-registration nursing experience. Please see admission requirements for each pathway for further requirements, if any.

However, the Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The aim of the course is to enhance students'' knowledge, clinical skills and competencies in the field of mental health nursing by providing advanced studies in the field to prepare students to contribute to the present and future development of mental health nursing and the mental health nursing profession. This specialist qualification also aims to provide students with the skills necessary to seek employment in mental health nursing settings.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of this course will be expected to be able to:

  • meet the requirements for employment in mental health nursing settings (Coursework and Clinical Pathways only)
  • perform advanced mental health nursing roles and demonstrate excellence in mental health nursing practice, taking into account the nature of interdisciplinary professional practice
  • influence and improve the nature and quality of mental health nursing practice using best available research evidence combined with professional practice knowledge from a variety of mental health nursing contexts
  • provide leadership and exert a positive influence on the mental health of the community
  • advance mental health nursing knowledge and mental health nursing practice research.

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Mental Health Nursing, a student must complete 54 units with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Except with the permission of the Faculty Board, the program must be completed full-time within three consecutive semesters or part-time within eight consecutive semesters.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 9 units or more, or failure to complete the course within four consecutive years may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University''s Policy on Student Progress.


Students must complete ONE of the following pathways