La Trobe University

Master of Mental Health Nursing


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
18 months full-time or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
$24,000 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

The Master of Mental Health Nursing is a specialist postgraduate qualification, taught in English, open to suitable, successful nursing graduates. It is 1.5-years full-time or 2-3 years part-time, with 8 units of study and an exit option at a Graduate Diploma (6 units of study).

The course aims to help you develop a deeper understanding of mental health, through systematic analysis and reflection on the relationships between theory and clinical practice. You will have the opportunity to exit at a diploma level with advanced specialist skills or complete the Master of Mental Health Nursing to attain a clinical consultancy level of practice.

It also aims to provide in-depth knowledge and life-long learning skills required in contemporary mental health practice. The curriculum provides a strong evidence base and an advanced clinical practice component. Specialty modules enable you to undertake focused and advanced studies in your specific area of interest. You are also expected to undertake supervised and assessed clinical practice.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


Applicants must have a completed Bachelor of Nursing and must be a Division 1 Registered Nurse and hold a current practising certificate with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Applicants must also be employed in a setting that provides exposure to mental health presentations.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

Community mental health services Senior mental health services Public and private sector Sessional work as lecturer practitioners

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Master of Mental Health Nursing may apply for membership with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

$24,000 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

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Additional information

This course is designed for registered Nurses. Allied Health Professional should refer to the Master of Mental Health (HMMH).

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.