Are you a health professional interested in developing your understanding of effective mental health practice? The Master of Mental Health will provide you with comprehensive training to provide specialised mental health services in your practice environment.

  • The Master of Mental Health is designed for applicants with an approved degree and relevant work experience. There are several ways of meeting admission requirements – see Program Details for more information.
  • Complete courses that will build and extend your knowledge and skills in mental health practice. Throughout the program, you'll also spend 800 hours in an appropriate practice environment, which can include your current workplace.
  • Choose to specialise in Art Therapy, Family Therapy, or Psychotherapy, or, if you'd prefer a generalist qualification, study a mix of courses in the 'Standard' field. For more information, see Fields of Study.
  • Benefit from a program taught by both experienced practitioners and researchers. Many of our lecturers have national or international reputations for their scholarship and professional practice, which they have incorporated into the program.

The Master of Mental Health is designed to enhance the performance of the mental health professional workforce to ensure the right combination of expert knowledge, empathy and skills.

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    Global standing

    UQ Medicine is the leading provider of education and research in Queensland and has the largest selection of medical programs in Australia. We were also ranked 32nd in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • In the classroom

    Flexible study options

    Don't worry, we know you're busy – that's why we've tried to make our courses as flexible as possible. Learning activities may consist of online readings, online discussions, or intensive workshops (eight days per semester), so you can still meet your other commitments.

  • Alumni

    Hear from Maddie, one of our graduates (Psychotherapy)

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Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 4 fields of study available in the Master of Mental Health.

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  • Beyond the classroom

    A practical program

    You'll complete 800 hours of clinical placements throughout the program, and receive a high level of professional supervision. This learning environment will improve your clinical skills and deepen your understanding of mental health.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Advance your skills

    The program places a strong emphasis on applied learning. You'll develop knowledge that underpins the delivery of evidence-based treatments, and learn how to design and implement appropriate mental health programs.

  • Alumni
    "I found the weekly group supervision during the program and the Clinic and Teaching days facilitated at Relationships Australia in my second year to be most valuable. Learning to work alongside the family and to value the support of your team was really highlighted throughout the teaching components." Siobhan Morlin, Master of Mental Health (Family Therapy)
    Senior Social Worker, Children's Health Quensland
  • Fast Facts

    Qualify quickly

    The length of our program is designed with working professionals in mind. You can complete the program in 18 months (full time) or two years (part time), which means you'll be qualified up to a full year faster than other comparable mental health degrees. 


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


An approved degree in a health, social work or other related field and relevant work experience. Refer Program Rules for details.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Mental Health are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Mental Health. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Mental Health at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Practicals, placements and internships

All streams include a total of 800 hours of practicum requirements spread across 4 courses of 200 hours each. The University provides group supervision for those courses, and students must also have an on-site supervisor.

All placements are negotiated with service providers on an individual basis and are subject to availability. It is anticipated that domestic students would undertake the practicums at their place of work. Any costs associated with supervision are the responsibility of the student.

Where preferred placements are not available students may be required to complete practicums from other fields of study (i.e. psychotherapy, family therapy or art therapy) or specialist electives in lieu. Such arrangements would be negotiated with the program director.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • The Australian Association of Family Therapy Inc
  • Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Mental Health have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Mental Health.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Art Therapy

Art Therapy uses a combination of art activities and verbal interaction to support mental health by creating a positive environment for people and groups to express themselves through art. It draws on a range of psychological theories, concepts about creativity, and contemporary therapeutic approaches and methods. In this stream, you'll learn about the theory of art therapy and mental health, participate in experiential art therapy workshops, and undertake 400 hours of supervised clinical placements. This field is only available to internal (on campus) students.

Family Therapy

The Family Therapy field of study aims to develop your capacity to use systemic principles and practices during therapeutic interventions with individuals, couples and families, including children and adolescents. You’ll receive a grounding in systems theory, develop knowledge and skills in a variety of schools of family therapy, and explicitly link theory to practice. Both modern and postmodern family therapy schools are covered – to promote understanding of how to apply skills in contemporary practice. This program also has a large practical component including experiential workshops, live supervision (with a one-way mirror), and 400 hours of supervised clinical practice.


Psychotherapy is the use of psychological techniques – such as talking through issues and modifying behaviours – to help treat disorders of the mind or personality, and/or improve a person’s mental health and wellbeing. In this field of study, you'll receive advanced training in the use of psychotherapy techniques, with particular emphasis on psychodynamic and/or cognitive behaviour techniques. Courses focus on the application of specific psychotherapy techniques to particular populations, and on the treatment of specific forms of psychopathology. You'll also complete 400 hours of psychotherapy practice during your studies.


The Standard field of study lets you to choose a range of courses from different streams to earn a more generalist qualification. No field of study will be listed on your testamur. Please consult the Program Coordinator about your choice of courses to ensure you have the appropriate background and that the courses meet your career objectives.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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