Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience

Understand the changing landscape of mental health

You will study through USC’s Thompson Institute and benefit from its unique integration of world-class research, clinical services, education and advocacy. You will learn from experts who are not only at the forefront of mental health and neuroscience research, but also translating the latest science into mental health practice to improve lives.

Study location
  • Online
USC program code
Semester 1 or Semester 2
12 months part time
Study mode
Other requirements
Standard English language requirements apply.
Total courses
Total units
48 units
Not available to international students on a Student visa.
  • This program is not CRICOS registered. Please note that offshore international students enrolling in this program can only study it fully online. This program is not available to onshore international students on a Student Visa.

This program focuses on society's most pressing mental health issues and gives you insights into the neurobiology that underpins these conditions, and the new and emerging technologies and methods to predict, diagnose and treat them.

As a graduate, you will have knowledge of cutting-edge applied neuroscience which has the power to transform mental health practice across a wide range of disciplines. Other important areas of focus in the program are youth mental health, advanced neuroimaging, and suicide prevention.

The Graduate Certificate of Mental Health and Neuroscience is designed to be studied part-time and is ideal for existing health professionals who want to develop their understanding and knowledge in emerging aspects of mental health and neuroscience.

High-quality online learning environment

This online program is highly interactive, offering regular contact with your course coordinator and fellow students. It takes advantage of its online format to provide a variety of stimulating high-quality resources designed to aid your attention and learning.

Opportunity for further study

This program is also suitable as a pathway to higher degree research, or to the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and Neuroscience.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission, candidates would normally be required to hold an undergraduate degree (AQF Level 7), or equivalent, from a recognised higher education institution in a relevant discipline, as determined by the Program Coordinator. Examples of relevant disciplines include science, medical science, nursing, medicine, psychology, health science and pharmacy.

How to apply

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience, submit the application form online via ApplyUSC.

Why study Mental Health and Neuroscience?

“I chose to enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience to build skills and knowledge to enhance my current practice. As a secondary school educator working primarily in a student support context, the course has been invaluable in developing an understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of mental disorders which emerge in youth as well as current approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

"The structure of the course and assessment items were dynamic in both their applicability to my own practice as well as fostering a multi-disciplinary approach in working with other students with different backgrounds and professions.”

— Josh Maudsley, USC student

Program structure

Required courses (4) 48 units

MHN701 Mental Health and Neuroscience: Translational Research
MHN702 Youth Mental Health and Neurobiology
MHN703 Neuroimaging Advances in Mental Health
MHN704 Understanding and Preventing Suicide

Note: Program structures are subject to change

Program requirements
  • Successfully complete 48 units as outlined in the program structure
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

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