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Master of  Mental Health

Program code: 5151
CRICOS code: 031212J




1.5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)

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.

  • Fast Facts

    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)

  • Alumni

    Hear from Jane, one of our graduates (Art Therapy)


Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 3 fields of study available in the Master of Mental Health.

View all fields of study for this program
  • 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
    1.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


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

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Mental Health are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

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:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

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

This program prepares students for clinical practice in art therapy to a high standard. Students will develop the knowledge and skills to provide art therapy interventions in a wide range of settings and with diverse clinical groups. The program meets the requirements of the Australia and New Zealand Art Therapy Association for professional registration.

The Art Therapy specialisation is available by internal study only.

For further information regarding prerequisites, admission processes and program details, please contact: Jane O'Sullivan, Field Coordinator,

2018 domestic information booklet.

2018 international information booklet.

While late applications will be considered, the due date for the art therapy stream is 16 October in the year preceding commencement. This allows time for evaluation of the artwork portfolio and an interview.


The psychotherapy specialisation offers advanced training in the use of psychotherapy techniques, with particular emphasis on psychodynamic and/or cognitive behaviour techniques. Students also acquire research skills relevant to the investigation of some aspect of psychotherapy.

Please note:

  • Students can commence this specialiation in semester 1 only
  • Most courses are only available internally at Herston campus, though some introductory courses are also available externally.
  • All students must attend seminars and residential schools in Brisbane.
  • International students can only study the coursework portion of this program as full-time internal students
  • The final project may be undertaken externally, subject to satisfactory supervision arrangements.

Consult the Program Coordinator for further information.


This option allows students to choose a range of courses from different fields of study to give a more generalist qualification. No field of study will be listed on the testamur. Students should consult the Program Coordinator regarding their choice of courses to ensure that they have the appropriate background and that the courses meet their 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.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $30,128
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Mental Health for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All international student applications for the Master of Mental Health can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Mental Health is 5151. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

International art therapy applicants may also download the 2017 international information booklet.

The Family Therapy stream (only) is not accepting new applications for 2018.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Mental Health is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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