Deepen your mental health expertise
The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and Neuroscience is the only postgraduate program of its kind to be delivered fully online. Gain the knowledge you need to thrive as a mental health professional.
- Program coordinator
- Professor Daniel Hermens
You will study through USC's Thompson Institute, benefiting 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.
This program focuses on Australia'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 clinical practice across a wide range of mental health disciplines. Other important areas of focus in the program are youth mental health, advanced neuroimaging, suicide prevention, brain ageing, neurocognition, lifestyle factors, and stress-related disorders including PTSD.
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.
The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and Neuroscience is ideal for existing health professionals who want to develop their understanding and knowledge in emerging aspects of mental health and neuroscience.
It builds on the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience and is suitable as a pathway to higher degree research.
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.
The first intake for the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and Neuroscience will be Semester 2, 2021.
If you wish to commence your studies sooner, it is possible to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience in Semester 1, 2021, then apply for the graduate diploma for Semester 2, and receive credit for the completed graduate certificate courses.
Why study ONLINE WITH USC'S THOMPSON INSTITUTE?
“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. It is easily accessible and you are given ample opportunities to interact with your fellow students and lecturers.
"The layout and how information is presented encourages your learning and it is genuinely exciting when new modules become available. The course has been incredibly useful as it has furthered my ability to translate research into practice which is a key part of my occupation.”
— Annie Talley, USC student
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
- Successfully complete 96 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.