Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Course code4508
Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMMentHlthSc
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)3 years PT

Part-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.

Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

The School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health: telephone +61 3 9594 7736; email

Course coordinator

Professor David Clarke


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • International students located in Australia wishing to study this course must be holders of an Australia Work Training Visa 457. All other international students are only able to study this course in their country of residence.


This course is offered by the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health. Students can choose from two designated specialist pathways to develop specialist skills in community mental health or child psychotherapy.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • critically evaluate the available literature and identify gaps for research
  • undertake practice-based research projects
  • develop, apply and champion evidence based best practice principles in their designated area of practice (forensic/community/child psychotherapy)
  • provide leadership in healthcare policy and practice reforms
  • implement practice based changes to positively influence the delivery and outcomes of mental health care interventions and practices.

Professional recognition

Students seeking to be considered eligible for professional recognition at graduate diploma level in the child psychotherapy specialisation need to complete all core and elective units in that specialisation. Successful completion fulfils one of the criteria for professionals to be employed under the Child Psychotherapists Award and to be eligible for membership of the Victorian Child Psychotherapists' Association.


This course consists of 12 units. All students complete two core units (12 points), and select one of the following options:

(a.) an additional 10 units (60 points) comprising core units* and electives in one of the available specialisations (minimum 36 points), and additional units from the chosen specialisation (if available) or any specialisation or the general electives in the course to the total number required. The specialisation will be acknowledged on the student's testamur.

(b.) an additional 10 units (60 points) chosen from any of the core and elective unit offerings, for which no specialisation will be recorded

(c.) an additional eight units (48 points) from either (a.) or (b.) - completed with a High Distinction (minimum 80 per cent) average score - and an agreed supervised research project (12 points).

* Students choosing this option must complete all core units in the specialisation.


Core units

All students must complete the following (to be taken in second or third year):

  • SRH5001 Research methods in health
  • SRH5032 Applied research for health practitioners

Research project option

Eligible students enrol in the following units as they progress through the research project:


Child psychotherapy

Refer to 'Professional recognition' regarding completion of these units.

Core units
  • CPS5001 Psychoanalytic and developmental theories I
  • CPS5002 Normal developmental observation
  • CPS5003 Psychoanalytic and developmental theories II
  • CPS5004 Psychodynamic assessment of children and adolescents
  • CPS5005 Principles of child psychotherapy
  • CPS5006 Principles of adolescent psychotherapy
  • CPS5007 Principles of short-term therapy and crisis work and
  • CPS5008 Principles of working with parents.

Community mental health

Refer to 'Professional recognition' regarding completion of these units.

Core units
  • CMH5001 Clinical practice essentials
  • CMH5002 The context for mental health practice
  • CMH5003 Concepts on mental health illness
  • CMH5004 Issues for mental health
  • CMH5005 Mental health of the elderly
  • CMH5006 Transcultural mental health

General electives

  • FBS5001 Fundamentals of forensic behavioural science and
  • FBS5002 The role of mental health in criminal offending
  • FBS5003 Mental health and the correctional system
  • FBS5009 Introduction to forensic mental health practice

Minimum grade for course completion

A minimum pass mark of 50 is required for each unit.

Those students seeking to complete this course with a research project will require a High Distinction average over eight units (including the two core SRH-coded research units) to be considered eligible for the research project.

Minimum grade for articulation

Upon completion of this course, students will be ranked according to H1/H2A equivalence in order to establish eligibility for higher degree by research pathways.

Areas of study

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this course may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • 4510 Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Science
  • 4509 Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Science.


Master of Mental Health Science