Master of Nursing (Mental Health)

Course summary

Current clinicians or recent Bachelor of Nursing graduates will gain a competitive advantage in the job market by completing a postgraduate qualification in mental health. Mid-career clinicians can update their knowledge with contemporary studies in mental health to enhance their career prospects.

The Master of Nursing (Mental Health) addresses the priorities established in the National Mental Health Plan, namely: mental health promotion and prevention; partnership; and quality and effectiveness of service delivery.

This degree involves the core concepts of mental health including recent developments and understanding the concepts and perspectives associated with Mental Health Nursing.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

436

Duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

Flexible

Cricos

083835C

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A recognised Bachelor degree or Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing and qualifications to practise as a Registered Nurse, or equivalent. Students must have experience or be currently employed in a mental health setting.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing provides 24 credit points of advanced standing towards the Master of Nursing (Mental Health).

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

Flexible

$13,536 (2021)

$40,608 (2021)

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health subject to quota availability.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A recognised Bachelor degree or Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing and qualifications to practise as a Registered Nurse, or equivalent. Students must have experience or be currently employed in a mental health setting.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

86

18

18

17

17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing provides 24 credit points of advanced standing towards the Master of Nursing (Mental Health).

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

Flexible

$14,856 (2021)

$44,568 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 17 January 2021*
  • International Applicants: 17 January 2021*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

2021 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 19 July 2021
Session: 26 July – 18 November 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 27 June 2021*
  • International Applicants: 27 June 2021*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Critique knowledge concerning recent developments in Mental Health care and understand concepts and perspectives associated with Mental Health Nursing.
2 2Apply knowledge of research principles and methods pertinent to mental health.
3 Exercise critical thinking and demonstrate clinical reasoning through investigating, analysing and synthesising information, problems, concepts and theories;
4 Analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate theories and concepts for professional practice or scholarship.
5 Apply knowledge and skills in professional practice.
6 Apply knowledge and skills in planning and executing research-based initiatives for people with a mental illness.
7 Appreciate Australian professional credentialing requirements as they relate to Mental Health Nursing

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Master of Nursing (Mental Health), a candidate must successfully complete at least 72 credit points, as outlined below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
SNPG950 Reflection For Practice 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG902 Effective Management in Health 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG915 Essential Skills for Health Researchers 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG923 Legal and Professional Issues 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG932 Recovery and the Lived Experience of Mental Illness 6 Autumn
SNPG934 Informed Practice in Mental Health Nursing 6 Autumn
SNPG935 Philosophies of Mental Health Care 6 Spring
SNPG939 Psychoactive Substance and Mental Health 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG916 Applied Analysis in Health Research 6 Autumn
SNPG918 Critical Appraisal 6 Spring
SNPG905 Minor Project 12 Annual, Autumn, Spring
Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) recognised this level of qualification as one of the criteria for its ‘credential for practice’ program

Why choose this course

Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 14.9% to employment growth from 2018 to 2023. This brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. Source: Employment Projections

UOW's multidisciplinary nursing and health programs are designed to enable you to gain a postgraduate qualification while maintaining a full-time or part-time career in health care. 

We provide a dynamic environment for teaching, learning and research and aim to achieve standards of excellence in professional preparation for those wishing to enter the nursing profession and in continuing education for existing clinicians. 

Close links with service providers ensure programs meet the needs of nurses and the populations they serve.