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Master of Mental Health Nursing

Overview

Develop the professional skills to succeed in contemporary mental health nursing practice, and enjoy a rewarding career making a positive difference to the lives of patients, families and carers.

This one and a half year full-time program is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the theories, legislation, policies and standards that underpin specialist mental health care. Through your studies and supervised practice, you'll develop the knowledge, skills and attitude required to succeed as a mental health nurse in contemporary practice.

You'll develop practical skills that promote safe nursing practice and management of risk in a clinical setting. You'll also gain a comprehensive understanding of a variety of evidence-based interventions and the theoretical principles that underpin these practices.

You'll study in a flexible environment that respects your professional commitments. The program is structured so you can work at your own pace and includes both a program of reading and practical tasks designed to put the theory into practice. Through the program, you'll complete 200 hours of supervised clinical practice, which will occur within your work setting in mental health and support you in developing specialist mental health nursing skills.

A number of courses in the program may require face-to-face teaching for a short period during a semester. Students attend UQ's St Lucia campus.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5509
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$33376 (indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5509
CRICOS Code
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn from experienced health practitioners and academics, known for their internationally significant research.
  • Enjoy flexible study options, including online coursework, peer collaboration and program staff support.
  • Choose to complete practical placements at your current place of work.

4 in the world for nursing

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

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
  • Research experience
  • Seminars

Placements and work experience

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.

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:

  • Mental health nursing practice
  • Mental health nursing practice with special populations
  • Human Development and Relationships Across the Life Span
  • Application of specialist mental health nursing skills in mental health practice A

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Mental health nurse
  • Intake/triage mental health nurse
  • Mental health liaison and education nurse
  • Forensic/correctional mental health nurse
  • Mental health community nurse
  • Mental health acute care nurse
  • Paediatric mental health nurse

Graduate salary

Nursing (postgraduate)

$81K–$91K

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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.

  • Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

Prerequisites

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.

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.

Other OET - A minimum grade of B for each sub skill (L,S,R,W).

BE is 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 number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for Semester 2 commencement are limited and selection is highly competitive. There will be no separate application process for CSPs and all eligible candidates that apply by 10 July 2020 will be automatically considered. Please be aware not all applicants will be successful. Applicants who are unsuccessful in securing a CSP offer may still be offered a place in the program as a full-fee paying student.

Selection for CSPs is managed by the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work and based purely on academic merit (e.g. past academic performance, level of qualifications).

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.

Additional application information

Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae.

Student visas

This program does not meet the eligibility requirements for an Australian Student visa (subclass 500).

To study this program in Australia you will need a temporary visa or residency status with study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia.

Contact us for more information

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 Nursing 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 Nursing 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 $26,160

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Mental Health Nursing 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.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. The program code for the Master of Mental Health Nursing is 5509

International students who want to study this program will not be eligible for a Student Visa (subclass 500). 

To study this program in Australia, you will need an Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia. 

Contact us with any questions 

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Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • 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 commence study in semester 2 - July 10 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.

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