Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience
Understand the changing landscape of mental health. This online program is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the rapidly evolving field of mental health, with a focus on the latest research and treatment options across a range of mental and substance-use disorders.
This program is also suitable as a pathway to higher degree research, or to the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and Neuroscience.
In this program you will:
- Study through USC’s Thompson Institute and benefit from its unique integration of world-class research, clinical services, education and advocacy
- Gain knowledge of cutting-edge applied neuroscience that has the power to transform mental health practice across a wide range of disciplines
- Study other important areas of focus in the program, including youth mental health, advanced neuroimaging, and suicide prevention
DurationPart-time only Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Indicative 2023 fees ($AUD)Fee-paying Annual fee / Estimated total fee
- Semester 1
- Semester 2
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.
- Semester 1
- Semester 2
- Delivery mode
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- Total units
- 1 year 1 year
- UniSC program code
- Program coordinator
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.
Additional entry information
Standard English language requirements apply.
- Successfully complete 48 units as outlined in the program structure
- 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.
Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.
USC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.
What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?
The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.
Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.
USC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.
Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.
Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.
Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?
IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.
How does this affect you?
To successfully complete a program at USC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.
If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.
If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a USC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.
- Apply mental health understanding in current career
- Emerging research fields
- Mental health
- Pathway to higher degree research
- Public Health
- Working with vulnerable people
- Working with young people
- Fee-paying estimate
- A$10,676 - 2023 Fees
- Annual tuition fee ($AUD, 2023)
- Estimated total tuition fee ($AUD, 2023)
Postgraduate coursework places
All postgraduate coursework programs are subject to tuition fees unless the postgraduate program is offered under Commonwealth support arrangements.
Eligible students (Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand Citizens who hold a Special Category Visa and meet the eligibility requirements) may seek assistance to defer payment via a FEE-HELP loan.
I decided to start the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience as it focuses on translational research that complements my undergraduate degree in psychology. Studying online was the only option for me as I work full time, yet I have not once felt disadvantaged from having the structure of this course completely virtual.