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Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and Neuroscience

Deepen your mental health expertise. This diploma allows you to thrive as a mental health professional. Building on the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience, it focuses on society's most pressing mental health issues and provides insight to the neurobiology underpinning these conditions. Understand emerging technologies and methods to predict, diagnose and treat them.

In this program you will:

  • Study via USC's Thompson Institute, benefiting from an integration of world-class research, clinical services, education and advocacy
  • Gain knowledge in youth mental health, advanced neuroimaging, suicide prevention, brain ageing, neurocognition, lifestyle factors, and stress-related disorders, including PTSD
  • Study cutting-edge applied neuroscience, with the power to transform clinical practice across mental health disciplines


Save $13,260*

*All eligible domestic applicants will receive a guaranteed Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). You’ll pay $10,338 (compared to $23,598 full fee).

Fees are indicative for 2024 and subject to yearly government adjustments.


Only program of its kind to be offered 100% online. Study at your own pace with support from experts at the Thompson Institute.



1 year 1 year Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$10,338 / A$23,598 - 2024 Fees CSP / Fee-paying
CSP / Fee-paying


  • 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.

Career opportunities

  • Apply mental health understanding in current career
  • Education
  • Emerging research fields
  • Mental health
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathways to higher degree research
  • Policy
  • Public Health
  • Working with vulnerable people
  • Working with young people

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Online
Total courses
Total units
1 year 1 year
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure
Required courses (8) 96 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
MHN705 Healthy Brain Ageing
MHN706 Neurocognition and Mental Health
MHN707 Stress-related Disorders
MHN708 Lifestyle Factors and Mental Health

Note: Program structures are subject to change

Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

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.

Program requirements
  • Successfully complete 96 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.

CSP estimate
Fee-paying estimate
A$23,598 - 2024 Fees

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.

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

Domestic applicants apply directly to UniSC. Find out how to apply.

Learn more about our Mental Health and Neuroscience programs and studying at UniSC.

Learn from a multi-disciplinary team at Thompson Institute
Only program of its kind to be offered fully online
Pathway to further postgraduate study

Student story

Neuroscience is such an emerging field, but it has the ability to help us fine-tune what we are offering kids and to intervene before conditions become difficult to treat. I didn’t want to finish because I just loved the course so much, so now I would like go on to do a doctorate".

Michelle Stokes Student
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