Applied Mental Health Studies

Join our interdisciplinary community of students and mental health practitioners to develop your expertise in applied mental health.

Applied Mental Health Studies

Who is this for?

Professionals from a wide range of backgrounds who have an interest in improving mental health and well-being are encouraged to apply.

Entry Requirements

Each week we contribute to a web discussion where everyone shares ideas, concepts and resources. It made me feel like I was there with my fellow students, all helping each other.

Linda Newell Child and Youth specialisation

The Applied Mental Health Studies course is offered entirely online for a flexible and accessible learning experience.


From the outset students will choose a specialisation in:

Within most units you will study alongside students from all specialisations, benefiting from diverse perspectives, as you apply lifespan specific knowledge to your practice.

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Progress your career

Gaining postgraduate qualifications or participating for professional development purposes is a way of demonstrating your knowledge and expertise to a potential employer.

A qualification in Applied Mental Health Studies will tell an employer that you have developed interprofessional skills, as you studied alongside a range of mental health practitioners and professionals, and that you have studied a recovery-oriented, contemporary, evidenced-based curriculum with a strong focus on application to practice.

This can support career progression or a career change from a general setting to within the mental health field, or a specialised area within mental health such as working in perinatal, youth, adult or older person’s services.

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Not ready for Award study? Try a single unit for professional development.

Flexible study options

Flexibility is key for busy professionals. Students can choose a range of study options:

Pace your learning: You can choose to study full-time or part-time. Full-time study is available in 2021 - see detail here. Part-time study is available as one, two, or three units per semester.

Postgraduate degree: You will begin in the graduate certificate (year one) and can choose to progress to a graduate diploma (year two) or masters of Applied Mental Health (year three). This is an award qualification which achieves a postgraduate degree. Options such as FEE-HELP may be available.

Professional development: This is a non-award qualification that will achieve a Certificate of Participation, rather than a postgraduate degree. Students participate in units but will not need to complete assessments. A different fee structure applies. Learn more about fees.

Study single units: You can also choose to study single units as either a professional development student, or a non-award student where you will accrue higher education credit that could later count towards a degree qualification.

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What to expect

Each week you will engage in a range of learning activities designed to enhance learning and apply content to practice. Learning activities may include: audio or video podcasts, lived experience perspectives, readings, practice scenarios, web forums or reflective exercise.

You can expect to spend about 10 hours per week on each unit of study over a 15-week semester. Some weeks you may spend less, and other weeks you may need more time (particularly around assessment due dates).