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Develop the skills to effectively respond to patient needs

There is a growing need in our healthcare system for highly skilled professionals who understand the complexities of mental health and can offer well-informed mental health clinical interventions.

Southern Cross University’s online Master of Mental Health postgraduate course will enhance your understanding of mental health and psychiatry, while building the skills needed to effectively respond to patients experiencing mild, moderate and severe mental health challenges.

This program is designed to prepare graduates for work within a range of health settings and disciplines. You will gain practical skills and specialised theoretical knowledge to extend or enhance your role in mental health.


Study online with the internationally recognised School of Health and Human Sciences and learn from leading and clinically active mental health academics. Access current and clinically relevant, evidence-based knowledge through a responsive and interactive learning experience.


Provide effective care through your enhanced understanding of mental health and specialised skills

Gain knowledge to work across a broad range of public and private healthcare settings


Access an interactive and responsive learning platform, enabling fluid communication between students and academics

Ongoing support throughout your study journey from a dedicated Student Success Advisor



What you can study

Entry criteria

To qualify for entry into the Masters program, all applicants must:

  • have successfully completed a minimum three (3) year Bachelor qualification, or equivalent, in a health, psychology or social science related discipline, and;
  • be proficient in English.

If you are a registered nurse, you could also be eligible for the Master of Mental Health (Nursing) degree.

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules.

Flexible study options

Situations change, your priorities may shift – which is why we’ve built flexible entry and exit points into our online Master of Mental Health course.

This means that you can enrol in either Graduate Diploma or Masters program, and if you need to exit early – if home or work demand your full attention – you could still receive a postgraduate qualification based on the units you’ve completed.

The best part? Everything you complete will be credited towards your online Masters degree, should you choose to finish it off at a later stage.

  • Receive a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health by successfully completing

    Contemporary Mental Health, Mental Health Across the Lifespan, Mental Health in Community, Non-government and Private Settings, and Acute Mental Health.

  • Receive a Graduate Diploma in Mental Health by completing

    Contemporary Mental Health, Mental Health Across the Lifespan, Mental Health in Community, Non-government and Private Settings, Acute Mental Health, Appraising Evidence, Physical Healthcare in Mental Health, Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health and Healthcare Professional Portfolio.

Career outlook

Whether you are commencing or extending your career in mental health, there are a number of career opportunities and pathways for graduates in this field. The theoretical and practical learning that underpins this degree can be applied across multiple health settings, including:

  • Public healthcare organisations and private practice
  • Child adolescent, adult and older person mental health services
  • Primary mental health settings
  • Acute, community, rehabilitation and long-term care-focused settings
  • Local community centres
  • Consumer and carer groups
  • Family counselling programs
  • Mental health and wellness centre
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Local, state and Commonwealth government
  • Mental health-based research.

Learning with Southern Cross University Online

Southern Cross University’s online training courses fit around your work and your lifestyle. The units in the Masters programs in mental health are delivered by respected academics via a collaborative and responsive interface.

  • 100% online, shift-work friendly study – complete six units a year or skip a study period if life or work demands your full attention.
  • Student success support – from enquiry to graduation, we are there for you.
  • Networked for success – meet your future colleagues and collaborators.

Find out more about studying online by reading our FAQ or chatting to us via live chat down the bottom right of the window.

This information is correct at time of release and subject to change without notice. Copyright Southern Cross University January 2018.