Mental Health Science - M6022

Mental Health Science

Expert master degree

This course seeks to develop professional knowledge and skills for clinicians delivering mental health care. Depending upon their undergraduate studies students select from community mental health, child psychotherapy, psychiatrist in training or mental health nursing. 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.

This three-year, part-time degree is taught off campus by some of Australia's most experienced mental health professionals and researchers, allowing you to apply the latest thinking to your workplace as you study. The course also includes an on-campus workshop.

Whichever stream you choose, you'll graduate able to evaluate research literature, identify research gaps, conduct practice-based research projects and develop, apply and advocate evidence-based best practice.

At a glance

Course Details

  • Off-campus: Part time
  • 3 years (part time)
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July*)
*for Mental Health Nursing Only
Master of Child Psychotherapy Studies, Master of Mental Health, Master of Mental Health Nursing, Master of Psychiatry
Alternative exits
Course Handbook

Career Opportunities

The Master of Mental Health Science allows Graduate students who are working in the health and welfare areas and disciplines to further their education by a combination of coursework and research.

Students can choose to specialise in community mental health, child psychotherapy, psychiatrist in training or mental health nursing.

This course prepares graduates for senior clinical, management, policy and planning mental health positions in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Students who choose the Child Psychotherapy specialisation and complete the 8 units in the prescribed order, will meet some of the criteria to be eligible to apply for Professional recognition with the Psychotherapy Associations in Australia.

Please select a specialisation for more details:

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline with at least a credit average (60%), or equivalent qualification and relevant work experience approved by the faculty.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements for their specialisation:

  • A cognate discipline for the Child Psychotherapy specialisation including social work, psychology, medicine or occupational health, and a minimum of one year of work experience in a child or adolescent mental health program.
  • A cognate discipline for the Mental Health specialisation including social work, psychology, medicine, occupational health or public health and recent/current relevant work experience.
  • A cognate discipline for the Mental Health Nursing specialisation including nursing and have entered a graduate nursing program in mental health nursing or have other relevant current nursing work experience.
  • A cognate discipline for the Psychiatrists-in-Training specialisation including medicine and have completed an intern year to qualify for medical registration, and currently or intending to be an applicant for an accredited position to train as a psychiatrist.

All applicants must submit a comprehensive CV citing evidence of current employment with the relevant mental health focus.

The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Expanding core discipline skills, Part B. Foundations for mental health science specialist studies and Part C. Advanced specialist study.

Making the application

Future students

Note: Please make sure you read the extra requirements before you apply.

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6022


Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2022 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.