Course overview

This course has intakes in term 1 and term 3. View Key Dates for upcoming terms, application dates and important deadlines.

Full-time duration Part-time duration Core subjects Selective Subjects Total course fee*
6 months 12 months 4 N/A A$9,488

*The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5 per cent per annum.

Upcoming terms

With the Graduate Diploma in International Psychiatry, medical practitioners learn the necessary knowledge and skills to provide up to date and quality care to their patients with mental illness.

The University of Melbourne has teamed up with the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) to develop a compact, six-month diploma program that provides affordable quality psychiatry training to healthcare professionals in developing as well as developed countries.

If you are a medical practitioner who wants to up skill your qualifications in psychiatry and provide the latest in quality mental healthcare to your patients, this is the course for you.

Course aims

This course is designed to provide healthcare practitioners with the most up to date and relevant knowledge and skills to administer quality care to patients with mental illness. The subjects provide essential background theory and foundation knowledge, and cover the most common psychiatric disorders encountered in adult populations worldwide. The course builds upon pre-existing theoretical knowledge and addresses a wide range of psychiatric disorders, with a focus on an evidence-based management approach. In addition, there is a special focus on transcultural psychiatry and service delivery issues in diverse socioeconomic settings, thereby creating a uniquely global perspective on mental health.

Who the course is for

The Graduate Diploma in International Psychiatry has been developed for medical professionals worldwide who work with mentally ill patients in any capacity, or would like to develop their capacity to do so.

It is particularly relevant to:

  • Practising psychiatrists
  • Practising medical doctors
  • Primary care physicians (general practitioners/family physicians)
  • Physician assistants.

This course is not suitable for non-medical practitioners. Non-medical professionals or students may be interested in taking our free, online Foundations of International Psychiatry course.

Career outcomes

Graduates of this course will command greater skill and confidence when treating patients with mental illness. They will also be better equipped to deliver optimal healthcare in culturally and socioeconomically diverse settings, allowing them to contribute meaningfully to the wider community affected by mental health issues.

What you will learn

Who you will learn from

Your online learning experience is enriched by interaction with lecturers and your fellow classmates. You can expect input and feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as regular real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students.

Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.

  • Professor Bernhard Baune
    Professor Bernhard Baune, Cato Chair and Head of Department of Psychiatry
  • Professor Chris Pantelis
    Professor Chris Pantelis, Foundation Professor of Neuropsychiatry
    NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Scientific Director of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre
  • Associate Professor Alessandra Radovini
    Associate Professor Alessandra Radovini, Consultant Psychiatrist
    Director of Mindful, Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health
  • Professor Nicola Lautenschlager
    Professor Nicola Lautenschlager, Current Chair of Old Age Psychiatry
  • Professor Carol Harvey
    Professor Carol Harvey, Director of the Psychosocial Research Centre
  • Professor Louise Newman
    Professor Louise Newman, Director, Centre for Women’s Mental Health
    Professor of Psychiatry and Subject Coordinator, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Chee Ng
    Professor Chee Ng, Healthscope Chair of Psychiatry
    Director of International Unit, Department of Psychiatry, St Vincent’s Hospital, Co-Director of Asia-Australia Mental Health, and Site Director of WHO Collaborating Centre in Mental Health
  • Professor Richard Kanaan
    Professor Richard Kanaan, Chair of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist, Austin Hospital,
    Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

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Contact student support

You can talk with a dedicated online student support consultant via the chat function at the bottom right of this page or connect through by phone. Alternatively, click on the Enquire Now tab below and fill out the form to find out about key details relating to this program, including:

  • Entry requirements
  • Time commitment required for each subject
  • Fees and payment options.

Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149
Email: study-online@unimelb.edu.au
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT
Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.