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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Master of Mental Health Nursing (MMHNurs)

Develop the professional skills to succeed in contemporary mental health nursing practice, and enjoy a rewarding career making a positive difference to the lives of patients, families and carers.

This one and a half year full-time program is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the theories, legislation, policies and standards that underpin specialist mental health care. Through your studies and supervised practice, you'll develop the knowledge, skills and attitude required to succeed as a mental health nurse in contemporary practice.

You'll develop practical skills that promote safe nursing practice and management of risk in a clinical setting. You'll also gain a comprehensive understanding of a variety of evidence-based interventions and the theoretical principles that underpin these practices.

You'll study in a flexible environment that respects your professional commitments. The program is structured so you can work at your own pace and includes both a program of reading and practical tasks designed to put the theory into practice. Through the program, you'll complete 200 hours of supervised clinical practice, which will occur within your work setting in mental health and support you in developing specialist mental health nursing skills.

A number of courses in the program may require face-to-face teaching for a short period during a semester. Students attend UQ's St Lucia campus.

Program highlights

  • Learn from experienced health practitioners and academics, known for their internationally significant research.
  • Enjoy flexible study options, including online coursework, peer collaboration and program staff support.
  • Choose to complete practical placements at your current place of work.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


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  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career possibilities
Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Mental health nurse
  • Intake/triage mental health nurse
  • Mental health liaison and education nurse
  • Forensic/correctional mental health nurse
  • Mental health community nurse
  • Mental health acute care nurse
  • Paediatric mental health nurse

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

An approved bachelor degree in nursing or equivalent and be eligible to practice as a registered nurse in Australia.
The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.