Hear about the benefits of postgraduate nursing with Dr Janice Gullick, Director of Postgraduate Advanced Studies at Sydney Nursing School
Designed for registered nurses, the Master of Mental Health Nursing assists nurses working across the mental healthcare environment through its focus on current clinical issues in mental health, therapeutic skills and role development. Develop the specialist knowledge and skills to provide high quality patient care and become a clinical leader.
About 45 percent of people in Australia will experience a mental illness during adolescence or adulthood. Nurses make up the largest sector of the mental health workforce in Australia and lead the way in the prevention, planning and delivery of mental healthcare across all settings.
During this one and a half year degree, you will learn from leading researchers as you build upon your individual clinical experience. You will learn how to deal with a range of conditions across the variety of healthcare environments in which clients present with mental illnesses, mental disorders and psychological distress seeking specialist assessment and treatment. A work-based project or research thesis will comprise the capstone experience of this degree, providing the opportunity for you to apply your expertise as you explore a particular area of your interest.
With mental health nurses employed across hospitals, in patient and community settings, and in independent practices, you will be recognised as having advanced knowledge in mental health nursing and possess the expertise to become a clinical leader. Completion of this degree can also be a pathway into the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in nursing.
The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.
There are no specialisations for this course.
The Master of Mental Health Nursing may be completed over three semesters full-time or five semesters part-time. The course consists of 60 credit points (cp), including core units of study (48cp) and a capstone (12cp).
In the first year, students complete 48cp of core units of study, which include four specialty-specific units for the mental health nursing courses.
Students will undertake a work-based project or a research project as a capstone experience (12cp) and will study part-time in the final semester of their candidature.
Following academic consultation, students wishing to undertake the Capstone (Research) may substitute an elective with a research unit offered by the University.
A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the faculty to provide students with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth. For the Master of Mental Health Nursing all students either complete a work-based project or research project as a capstone experience. The independent work required to develop the research thesis is under the guidance of a supervisor.
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Mental Health Nursing will hold:
(a) a pre-registration nursing degree with credit average from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; or
(b) an embedded graduate certificate or graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.
In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.
In addition, the applicant is required to be a registered nurse in Australia or overseas and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements.
Domestic applicants are required to have a minimum of one year's experience as a registered nurse and be working primarily in the provision of care to people with mental health problems.
International applicants are required to have a minimum of one year's experience in mental health nursing.
Dr McCloughen is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse and Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. She has been formally recognised by ACMHN as one of the original and long standing credentialed mental health nurses in Australia. Andrea is an active researcher, engaged in interprofessional clinical and translational mental health research.
Outstanding graduates who complete the Capstone (Research) for this course may pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy.
Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to mental health nursing. Mental heath nurses are employed in hospitals, in patient and community settings, or independent practice.
Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount
The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.
Annual review and fee increases
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.
Annual review and fee increase
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental costs
For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.
Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.
Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students
The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.
Annual review and fee increases
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental costs and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy