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Master of Mental Health Nursing

Study mental health nursing at Sydney Nursing School

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Overview

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 skills and attributes needed to extend your capacity for leadership and advanced practice in mental health nursing.

Why study with us?

  • Learn from leading researchers as you integrate your learning with professional experience.
  • Explore practice challenges and complexities in the context of current clinical and socio-political issues.
  • Engage in collaborative inquiry and critical examination of evidence that informs practice. 
  • Develop knowledge and skills for humanistic interpersonal practice and strengthen your awareness of the significance of families and social networks for recovery.
  • Extend your capacity to integrate recovery-focused, resource-promoting therapeutic approaches into your nursing work. 
  • Apply your expertise as you explore a particular area of your interest with a work-based project or research thesis as part of the capstone component of this degree.

Who should study this course?

Our postgraduate nursing degrees are designed for registered nurses who are looking to build their professional practice capabilities and advance to a leadership role in nursing.    

Financing your studies

  • We offer a number of scholarships to postgraduate nursing students. Find out more about the faculty-based opportunities available to you. You may also be eligible for a NSW Health postgraduate scholarship. Valued at up to $8000, these scholarships are available to registered nurses and midwives who are working in full or part-time permanent positions in the NSW public health system. 
  • Commonwealth Supported Places are available in all of our postgraduate nursing courses. This means your place is subsidised by the government and you pay a reduced fee. If your studies are related to your employment, out-of-pocket course fees may also be tax deductible. Find out more at the Australian Taxation Office.
  • You may also be eligible for HECS-HELP. This means your fee payment is deferred through a government loan.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

Scholarships

How to apply

What you'll study

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.

2019 postgraduate nursing study timetables

Units of Study

Capstone experience

The capstone is an important feature of Sydney Nursing School's postgraduate master's degrees. You have the choice of a research-based or professional practice capstone, providing an excellent opportunity to explore, in depth, a topic of professional interest. The independent work required to develop the research thesis is conducted under the guidance of a supervisor.

Admission criteria

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.

Inherent Requirements
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.

Course opportunities

This program is available at multiple levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The courses are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace.

Completion of this degree can be a pathway into the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).    

Our Capstone (Research) will equip you with the critical thinking skills and research training necessary to prepare you for a higher research degree.

Career Pathways

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 take on leadership positions, mentor new nurses and influence future health policy.    

As a graduate of a specialist nursing degree, you can expect to progress your career through promotion and advance your salary by a minimum of 30 percent from that of an experienced registered nurse.*   

* QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018.

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Domestic students

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.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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.

International students

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, protective 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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.

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