Master of Mental Health Practice

Griffith University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00233E

In this degree, focused on a rapidly evolving healthcare area, you will acquire specialised knowledge and understanding of how to work effectively with people with a mental illness, their carers and family members. As well as accessing highly relevant courses based on the latest evidence-based research and collaboration with consumers, carers and mental health professionals, you can choose to undertake a 200 hour placement in a mental health service.You will need to choose to complete either the:Practice stream orDissertation streamFor students who prefer to primarily focus on increasing their mental health skills, the Practice Stream which includes coursework only may be preferred. Students who undertake the dissertation stream will complete a research dissertation on your area of interest in the mental health field. This will provide you with the knowledge and skills for conducting independent research projects, and the research experience necessary for those who wish to pursue a PhD or Masters of Philosophy.All students will commence in the Practice stream. For students wanting to complete the Dissertation stream, they can transfer to that stream when all eligibility criteria have been successfully met.Within a flexible online learning environment, you will study with fellow students from different professional backgrounds who bring a range of valued perspectives. Our recovery-based courses are designed for workers in various settings where mental health knowledge is essential. These include nursing, occupational therapy, psychology and social work, in roles as community support workers, peer support workers, consumer and carer consultants, rehabilitation workers, disability workers, housing officers, police liaison officers and people working in other mental health support roles.It is anticipated that successful graduates of the Master of Mental Health Practice will enhance their opportunities for advancement in the mental health area. For some practitioners this program may also be used towards accreditation as a mental health worker. Please check with your registration body for program eligibility.DurationThe Master of Mental Health Practice offers a range of different durations depending on your prior studies and work experience.You may be eligible to complete this program in 1.5 years full time, or part-time equivalent, if you have:Bachelor, related disciplineYou may be eligible to complete this program in 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent, (with 40 credit points of advanced standing) if you have:Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice


  • Advocacy and Leadership
  • Applied Counselling
  • Consumer, Carer, and Community Engagement in Mental Health
  • Contemporary Mental Health Practice
  • Contemporary Suicide Prevention Practice 1
  • Dissertation Part 1
  • Dissertation Part 2
  • Dissertation Part 3
  • Foundations of Research Inquiry
  • Independent Practice Project
  • Independent Study 1
  • Interdisciplinary Professional Ethics
  • Listed electives and/or Free-choice electives
  • Mental Health and Co-occurring Conditions
  • Person-Centred Planning
  • Professional Practice
  • Understanding Mental Health : Theories and Practice

Standard entry requirements

Related Bachelor degree or higher (4.0 GPA)


Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website: Credit transfer Griffith's innovative Credit Precedent Database allows you to find out what credit decisions have been made in the past. These precedents will give you an idea of what you can expect. View credit precedents for this program

Study pathways

Students who have successfully completed the Master of Mental Health Practice (Dissertation stream) may be eligible for admission to the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) subject to the specified requirements for candidature in the Higher Degree Research Policy.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Online International: $30,750 No
  • Full-time : 1 year

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