Course Description

Designed for registered nurses, the Master of Mental Health Nursing assists nurses working across the mental healthcare environment through its focus on current clinical issues in mental health, therapeutic skills and role development. Develop the specialist knowledge and skills to provide high quality patient care and become a clinical leader.

About 45 percent of people in Australia will experience a mental illness during adolescence or adulthood. Nurses make up the largest sector of the mental health workforce in Australia and lead the way in the prevention, planning and delivery of mental healthcare across all settings.

During this one and a half year degree, you will learn from leading researchers as you build upon your individual clinical experience. You will learn how to deal with a range of conditions across the variety of healthcare environments in which clients present with mental illnesses, mental disorders and psychological distress seeking specialist assessment and treatment. A work-based project or research thesis will comprise the capstone experience of this degree, providing the opportunity for you to apply your expertise as you explore a particular area of your interest.

With mental health nurses employed across hospitals, in patient and community settings, and in independent practices, you will be recognised as having advanced knowledge in mental health nursing and possess the expertise to become a clinical leader. Completion of this degree can also be a pathway into the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

Important information
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in nursing.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 per year full-time, $9,849 total course cost
International Students: $37,500 per year full-time


1.5 years full time, 2.5 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Nursing postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 72.5% (national average 66.5%)
Improved skills: 82.0% (national average 78.1%)
Overall satisfaction: 86.2% (national average 81.8%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Nursing postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 96.3% (national average 93.7%)
Studying full time: 2.1% (national average 4.1%)
Median full time salary: $64,700 (national average $78,900)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 068710G
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: MAMEHNUR2000

Entry Requirements