Master of Mental Health Science

The Master of Mental Health Science (MMHSci) is designed with professionals working in the mental health field in mind. This course is offered by the Department of Psychiatry to develop professional knowledge and skills for clinicians delivering mental health care. Depending upon their undergraduate studies, students can choose from the following streams of subspecialisations: child psychotherapy, psychiatrist in training, mental health nursing, community mental health. These specialisations aim to meet the specific needs of these disciplines within mental health services. The course can be completed by coursework, or for those professionals seeking to build their research capacity, incorporation of a research project or minor thesis is available to address that need.


  1. Child psychotherapy (Master of Child Psychotherapy)
    The child psychotherapy specialisation gives students a deep understanding of psychoanalytic and developmental theory and how it can help children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems. Completing all units in this pathway fulfils part of the criteria for professionals to be eligible for membership of the Victorian Child Psychotherapy Association.
  2. Psychiatrist in training (Master of Psychiatry)
    The psychiatrist in training specialisation corresponds to the curriculum required by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists' (RANZCP) Formal Education Course (FEC) as described in the college regulations for trainee psychiatrist in a clinical training program for psychiatrists. This specialisation will correspond with the FEC curriculum that covers the first three years of psychiatry training, providing the knowledge, values and skills covered by that curriculum and complementing the entrustable clinical activities undertaken through the RANZCP supervised clinical training for psychiatrists.
  3. Mental health nursing (Master of Mental Health Nursing)
    The mental health nursing specialisation provides a deep understanding of the philosophy and theory underpinning mental health nursing, its values and the requisite skills to maintain clinical relationships and assist in person-centred mental health care that aids recovery. Through completion of elective units that include psychoanalytic and developmental theory, mental health of the elderly, psychopharmacology and physical treatments, transcultural mental health, forensic mental health and family violence, the mental health nurse will be equipped to provide competent clinical care in a range of mental health settings.
  4. Community mental health (Master of Community Mental Health)
    The community mental health specialisation provides a thorough understanding of community mental health practice in Australia, from population-based to individual clinical and rehabilitation interventions to family and community support to policy and planning. It is relevant not just to case management, disability support and non-clinical mental health workers but also to clinical psychologists, general practitioners, psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists and social workers.

A key benefit of the Monash MMHSci is the ability to tailor the degree to meet workplace training needs or individual preferences and interests. Whilst each specialisations are led and taught predominantly by the relevant discipline, the overarching structure of the MMHSci across the different specialisations provides  opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and reflects the multidisciplinary mental health workplace.

Doctor of Psychology (DPsych)

This research degree integrates theory, clinical practice and research to qualify students to work as work in clinical and research settings. The Department of Psychiatry provides project support for theses in the DPsych program.

PhD in Psychiatry

The Psychiatry PhD program follows the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash Program (INSERT LINK) and reflects the wide range of research currently being undertaken in the department. Students from a wide range of fields including science, psychology, allied health, engineering and medical backgrounds have undertaken their PhD projects in areas ranging from laboratory based to clinical studies. Further information on potential research projects can be found on our research page.