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Master of Mental Health

Overview

Develop the practical experience, knowledge, skills and attitude you'll need to thrive as a contemporary mental health professional.

UQ’s mental health programs provide systematic training designed to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to contemporary mental health practice. You'll receive advanced training in a variety of evidence-based interventions and the theoretical principles that underpin them.

Teaching will be provided by highly experienced practitioners and researchers, many of whom have national or international reputations for scholarship and professional practice. You'll have the opportunity to undertake both structured and independent learning assignments and study in a flexible environment that respects concurrent professional commitments.

This program is designed to meet advanced training standards for specialist mental health practice. Throughout the program, you'll spend 800 hours in an appropriate practice environment, which can include your current workplace. You'll also complete courses that will build and extend your knowledge and skills in mental health practice.

Location
Herston
Duration
1.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5151
AQF
Level 9
Location
Herston
Fees
A$33376 (indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Program Code
5151
CRICOS Code
031212J
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Choose to specialise in art therapy or psychotherapy or, if you’d prefer a generalist qualification, study a mix of courses in the standard field.
  • Study with highly experienced practitioners and researchers, many of whom have national or international reputations for scholarship and professional practice.
  • Enjoy a flexible study environment that respects your concurrent professional commitments.

37 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2020

23 in the world for psychology

QS World University Rankings 2020

Fields of study

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Workshops

Placements and work experience

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 or art therapy) or specialist electives in lieu. Such arrangements would be negotiated with the program director.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Human Development and Relationships Across the Life Span
  • Advanced Therapy Skills: Working with Complex and Non-traditional Clients
  • Advanced Therapy Skills: Working with Families and Groups
  • Mental Health Research Thesis 1

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Art therapist
  • Counsellor
  • Mental health services manager
  • Community mental health practitioner
  • Mental health clinician
  • Psychosocial community support worker
  • Patient assessor
  • Health and well-being consultant

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

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

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

An approved degree in a health, social work or related discipline and have completed 1 year full time (or equivalent) work experience in a mental health setting or:

  • an approved degree in a different discipline and have completed 2 years full time (or equivalent) work experience in a mental health setting, or
  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Mental Health from this university and have completed 5 years full time (or equivalent) work experience in a mental health setting.

There are additional enrol requirements for the Psychotherapy and Art Therapy stream. Please refer to the Program Rules for more information.

Prerequisites

An approved degree in a health, social work or related discipline and have completed 1 year full time (or equivalent) work experience in a mental health setting or:

  • an approved degree in a different discipline and have completed 2 years full time (or equivalent) work experience in a mental health setting, or
  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Mental Health from this university and have completed 5 years full time (or equivalent) work experience in a mental health setting.

There are additional enrol requirements for the Psychotherapy and Art Therapy stream. Please refer to the Program Rules for more information.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BE and OET are not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

The Psychotherapy stream also requires 1 year's work experience in the field of mental health and the capacity to meet practicum requirements.
Applicants for the Art Therapy stream must possess and undergraduate degree and are also required to:
  • meet the Art Practice entrance standard
  • meet the Clinical Experience entrance standard
  • undertake an interview.

Students must provide evidence of a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) or equivalent professional registration before commencing their program; and retain for the duration of their enrolment in the program.

Applications for the Art Therapy stream (only) should be lodged by 31 October of the year prior to commencement, though late applications may be considered.

Art Practice

The art practice requirement can be met be the following means:

  • Possession of a recognised Visual Arts Degree plus evidence of demonstrated commitment to art practices in any medium; or
  • A recent portfolio of artwork which has been completed with or without formal art training but which demonstrates a commitment to continuing art practice in any medium

    Art Portfolio and Written Art Statement

    The Portfolio should be a selection of six to ten recent (completed within the last 2 years) images and/or artworks created by the applicant over a period of time. This can consist of original work or reproductions (i.e. photographs or slide show) in a variety of media. The purpose of the Portfolio is to provide the selection team with evidence of the applicant's ongoing art activity, which is a prerequisite of professional art therapy training. Your portfolio should include:

    A maximum of ten pieces of artwork, which may be presented through:

    • Original work
    • Photos
    • Video
    • PowerPoint

    The portfolio can also include:

    • A description of an exhibition
    • Examples of media exposure
    • Community art projects

    Additional application information

    Student visas

    International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Mental Health are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

    There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

    Learn more about student visas

    Fields of study

    Fields of study

    Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

    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 and participate in experiential art therapy workshops.

    Note: This field is only available to internal students.

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    Psychotherapy

    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 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 cognitive behaviour techniques. Courses focus on the application of specific psychotherapy techniques to particular populations, and on the treatment of specific forms of psychopathology.

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    Fields of study

    Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

    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 and participate in experiential art therapy workshops.

    Note: This field is only available to internal students.

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    Psychotherapy

    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 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 cognitive behaviour techniques. Courses focus on the application of specific psychotherapy techniques to particular populations, and on the treatment of specific forms of psychopathology.

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    Fees and Scholarships

    Government assistance

    Financial aid

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

    Learn more about financial aid

    Indicative annual fee

    AUD $33,376

    Indicative annual fee 2020

    This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Mental Health for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

    Learn more about postgraduate fees

    FEE-HELP

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

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

    Learn more about FEE-HELP

    Centrelink support

    Indicative annual fee

    AUD $31,360

    Indicative annual fee 2020

    This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Mental Health at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

    Learn more about postgraduate fees

    Scholarships

    Scholarships

    How to apply

    Important dates

    The closing date for this program is:

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

    To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

    Important dates

    The closing date for this program is:

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

    To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

    For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

    Contact the ATSIS Unit

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