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Master of  Mental Health Nursing

Program code: 5509

Delivery location

St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

The Master of Mental Health Nursing will broaden the scope of your nursing practice in just 18 months.

  • The Master of Mental Health Nursing provides an advanced understanding of the theories, legislation, ethics, policies and standards that underpin the practice of contemporary mental health nursing.
  • Study the theories and models that inform mental health nursing, including knowledge of specific conditions. Develop practical skills that promote safe nursing practice and management of risk in a clinical setting.
  • Learn about health research, and how evidence can support your clinical practice. Gain a comprehensive understanding of a variety of evidence-based interventions and the theoretical principles that underpin these practices.
  • Undertake both structured and independent learning assignments, with the option of completing your own research project, extending your knowledge of research methods, or studying epidemiology.

Mental heath nurses connect with individuals, families and communities to positively confront the challenges of mental health conditions.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work is home to experienced mental health practitioners and researchers. Our academics also scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes, which means our research is internationally significant.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Flexible study options

    The majority of the courses in this program are delivered in online study modules and discussion groups. You can also choose to complete practical placements at your current place of work. Check with the School for details.

  • Why study

    Personal attention

    Course materials are designed for self-paced learning. They include a program of reading and regular activities and tasks that integrate readings into nursing practice. The program lead provides additional support as you need it, either in person or by Zoom or telephone.

  • Professional membership

    Professional recognition

    Graduates may be eligible for membership with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

Career outcomes

Graduates typically work across the public and private sectors in various hospitals, health services, community organisations, and agencies – or anywhere that requires specialist mental health nurses. These include:

  • community
  • inpatient
  • consultation liaison
  • acute care
  • forensic mental health
  • leadership roles.

Many graduates choose to progress into a Research Higher Degree – a Master of Philosophy or a PhD – where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


An approved bachelor degree in nursing or equivalent and be eligible to practice as a registered nurse in Australia.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Mental Health Nursing 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 Nursing. 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.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students will undertake approximately 200 hours of supervised clinical practice. During their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life setting. Supervised practice will occur within the student's work setting in mental health and support you in developing specialist mental health nursing skills.

Professional memberships

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

  • Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Programs and Courses

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

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Mental Health Nursing pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $19,150
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Mental Health Nursing at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Master of Mental Health Nursing can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Mental Health Nursing is 5509. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

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 Nursing is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

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

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