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

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Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and Neuroscience

First intake Semester 2, 2021.

Deepen your mental health expertise

The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and Neuroscience gives you the knowledge you need to thrive as a mental health professional. It is the only program of its kind to be offered fully online. This program builds on the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Neuroscience and is suitable as a pathway to higher degree research.

USC program code
Semester 1 or Semester 2
1 year full time or equivalent part time
Study mode
Other requirements
Standard English language requirements apply.
Total courses
Total units
96 units
Not available to international students on a Student visa.
Program coordinator
Professor Daniel Hermens

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.

In this program you will:

  • Study through USC's Thompson Institute, benefiting from its unique integration of world-class research, clinical services, education and advocacy
  • Learn from a multi-disciplinary team of more than 35 experts, who are not only at the forefront of mental health and neuroscience research but are also applying the latest science in clinical practice and education
  • 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, which has the power to transform clinical practice across a wide range of mental health disciplines

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.

High-quality online learning environment

This program is purpose-built for online learning, allowing you to control the pace, time and location of your study. Learning materials include high-quality video messages from experts, multimedia resources and interactive checkpoints that allow you to reflect and gain feedback. The program also offers plenty of ways to regularly connect with your course coordinator and peers.

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 Diploma in Mental Health and Neuroscience, submit the application form online via ApplyUSC.

USC ranked 101-200th out of 871 institutions worldwide*

*2021 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, Good Health and Wellbeing.


“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

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

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.

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