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Graduate Certificate in Mental Health

Overview

Develop professionally and open pathways to your masters with the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health.

UQ’s mental health programs provide systematic training designed to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to contemporary mental health practice. You'll receive advanced training in a variety of evidence-based interventions and the theoretical principles that underpin them.

Teaching is provided by highly experienced practitioners and researchers, many of whom have national or international reputations for scholarship and professional practice. You'll have the opportunity to undertake both structured and independent learning assignments and study in a flexible environment that respects concurrent professional commitments.

This program is an introduction to the specialist knowledge and skills required for mental health practice. You'll learn about the framework for mental health practice (policy, law and models of service delivery) and acquire clinical knowledge and skills in areas such as assessment, treatment planning and widely used therapeutic interventions.

For qualified applicants, Graduate Certificate courses form part of the masters and graduates may articulate into the Master of Mental Health.

Location
Herston
Duration
1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023)
Program Code
5040
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study courses that extend your knowledge and skills in mental health practice, including assessments, counselling, treatment options and legislative frameworks.
  • Learn from highly experienced practitioners and researchers, many of whom have national or international reputations for scholarship and professional practice.
  • Enjoy a flexible study environment that respects your concurrent professional commitments.

30 in the world for public health

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

32 in the world for psychology

QS World University Rankings 2022

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Online study
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Understanding Mental Health and Psychotherapeutic Interventions
  • Ethics and Mental Health Practice
  • Common and Specific Factors in Mental Health Treatments
  • Human Development and Relationships Across the Life Span

Career possibilities

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

  • Counsellor
  • Mental health services manager
  • Mental health support worker
  • Community mental health practitioner
  • Mental health clinician
  • Patient assessor
  • Health and well-being consultant
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in health or social work, plus 1 years full-time equivalent relevant work experience in a mental health setting, or
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, plus 2 year full-time equivalent relevant work experience in a mental health setting, or
  • to have completed post-secondary studies and have 5 years full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in a mental health setting.

Applications based on post-secondary study and work experience will be assessed individually.
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification. 
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in health or social work, plus 1 years full-time equivalent relevant work experience in a mental health setting, or
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, plus 2 year full-time equivalent relevant work experience in a mental health setting, or
  • to have completed post-secondary studies and have 5 years full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in a mental health setting.

Applications based on post-secondary study and work experience will be assessed individually.
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification. 

Related programs

Depending on your previous qualifications and current goals, you might want to consider
one of these related programs:

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (8 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$4,150

2023

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Approximate yearly cost of tuition (8 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Important dates

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in Semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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