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With the need to improve the delivery of psychiatric care to a broader cross section of the community, the renowned Master of Psychiatry course is now being offered online using the latest technology and interactive learning platforms.
Delivered by the Department of Psychiatry and fully accredited by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), students will be encouraged to explore the latest cutting-edge theoretical concepts in psychiatry and their relationship to clinical practice. You will also develop a broad understanding of the cultural and sociocultural differences that exist in our community and geographical region and their relationship to individuals and mental illness.
If you are a medical practitioner who is looking for the opportunity to advance your psychiatry knowledge, skills and career in psychiatry, this course is for you.
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the core and specialties of psychiatry in order to provide outstanding clinical care to patients.
The online learning experience is engaging and authentic and you will learn from the same leading academics and researchers who teach the on-campus courses.
This course will also provide you with a much more wholistic, less traditional view of the field. You will explore the principles of hope, recovery and quality of life by hearing directly from patients suffering from mental health issues, and through the use of authentic case scenarios that emulate the clinical experience.
Who the course is for
This course is for dedicated medical practitioners with an interest in treating patients with mental illness who are looking to satisfy the Formal Education course requirements of RANZCP.
As a graduate of this course, you’ll have gained the sufficient theoretical and clinical knowledge to sit and pass the exams required by RANZCP.
Graduates of the on-campus course have gone on to have highly successful clinical careers and the vast majority have gone on to become consultant psychiatrists across Australia and internationally.
What you will learn
- An understanding of evidence based aetiology, diagnosis, formulation, assessment, management, and prognosis for the major categories of psychiatric disorder
An understanding of evidence based aetiology, diagnosis, formulation, assessment, management,
and prognosis for the major categories of psychiatric disorder
You will develop an integrated understanding of psychological and scientific theories, so when formulating patients, consideration is given to their genetic risks or vulnerabilities, as well as the psycho-social context within which the presentation occurs.
- The evolution of human behaviour through the life cycle from a developmental perspective
The evolution of human behaviour through the life cycle from a developmental perspective
You will be able to describe key developmental life stages, the social and biological factors involved in normal and abnormal development and the onset, progression, history and treatment options of specific common child and adolescent psychiatric disorders; and apply the bio-psycho-social approach to the assessment and treatment of child and adolescent disorders at different developmental stages.
- The relationship between physical and psychological health and illness
The relationship between physical and psychological health and illness
You will discover the key components of this relationship from both a theoretical and clinical perspective and understand how psychological factors affect physical health, how physical illness can lead to psychological disturbance and the nature of somatisation.
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 Ian Everall, Cato Chair of Psychiatry and Head of the Department of Psychiatry
- Professor Chris Pantelis, Foundation Professor of Neuropsychiatry
NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Scientific Director of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre
- Associate Professor Alessandra Radovini, Consultant Psychiatrist
Director of Mindful, Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health
- Professor Nicola Lautenschlager, Current Chair of Old Age Psychiatry
- Professor Carol Harvey, Director of the Psychosocial Research Centre
- Professor Louise Newman, Director, Centre for Women’s Mental Health
Professor of Psychiatry and Subject Coordinator, University of Melbourne
- 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, Chair of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist, Austin Hospital,
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne
Contact student support
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To gain the Master of Psychiatry you must complete 150 points comprised of:
- Six core subjects
- Four selective subjects.
Subjects must be completed on the basis below:
- Year 1 – two core
- Year 2 – two core and two selectives
- Year 3 – two core and two selectives.
Students are required to complete Psychiatry of Old Age as one of the core subjects and will then need to choose either Special Topics in Psychiatry OR Psychiatric Research Project as the other core subject to complete the core subject requirements.
|Core Psychiatry I||25|
Core Psychiatry I
This subject focuses on developing an understanding of the basics of clinical practice of psychiatry including evidence based aetiology, diagnosis, formulation, assessment, management, and prognosis for the major categories of psychiatric disorder. You will begin to develop an integrated concept of psychological and scientific theories, so when formulating patients, consideration is given to their genetic risks or vulnerabilities, as well as the psycho-social context within which the presentation occurs. Teaching in this first semester subject is weighted more substantially towards aetiology and diagnosis, with the subsequent subject having a greater emphasis on management strategies.
Detailed Information PSYT90078
|Core Psychiatry II||25|
Core Psychiatry II
This subject focuses on developing an understanding of evidence based aetiology, diagnosis, formulation, assessment, management, and prognosis for the major categories of psychiatric disorder. You will begin to develop an integrated concept of psychological and scientific theories, so when formulating patients, consideration is given to their genetic risks or vulnerabilities, as well as the psycho-social context within which the presentation occurs. Teaching in this second semester subject is weighted more substantially to the teaching of management.
Detailed Information PSYT90079
|Child and Adolescent Psychiatry||18.75|
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
This subject will provide you with the opportunity to view the evolution of human behaviour through the life cycle from a developmental perspective.
Detailed Information PSYT90006
|Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry||18.75|
Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry
This unit aims to explore the relationship between physical and psychological health and illness. The key components of this relationship will be explored from both a theoretical and clinical perspective. These concepts include how psychological factors affect physical health, how physical illness can lead to psychological disturbance and the nature of somatisation. Common medical conditions with psychological associations will also be reviewed.
Detailed Information PSYT90024
|Psychiatry of Old Age||18.75|
Psychiatry of Old Age
This subject is a core subject in Year 3 of the Masters of Psychiatry program. Comprising of ten weeks, it focuses directly on the clinical and research aspects of Old Age Psychiatry – psychiatric disorders as they present in the older age group (>65 years). The teaching will promote development of a clinical style that delivers care to this population in a positive, compassionate and patient centred and with an awareness of their needs. The old age component of the unit will address the interaction of ageing and mental health, epidemiological and demographical aspects of ageing in Australia and worldwide, the social construction of ageing, individual experiences of ageing, ageing and mental health of indigenous Australians, physical and psychological consequences of ageing, families and ageing, sexuality and ageing, death and dying, common cognitive and functional disorders in the elderly, physical health, pharmacology and ageing and service provision to the elderly with a mental illness. An additional 2 weeks within this subject will be more practical sessions; in which themes of the Capstone Special Topics in Psychiatry Subject will be introduced. In these sessions, students will build upon their concepts of the vocational aspects of psychiatry as they move towards advanced training.
Detailed Information PSYT90004
|Psychiatric Research Project||18.75|
Psychiatric Research Project
This is one of two capstone subject options, taught in the final semester of the Master of Psychiatry course. This subject is intended to develop critical research skills required to conduct professional research within the field of Psychiatry. You will formulate a research question with relevance to one of the areas of specialisation covered during your studies in the Master of Psychiatry – preferably an area you have undertaken a selective subject within and can arrange appropriate supervision for. An ethics application may be required from you.
Detailed Information PSYT90093
|Special Topics in Psychiatry||18.75|
Special Topics in Psychiatry
This is one of two capstone subject options, taught in the final semester of the Master of Psychiatry course. As such, it aims to help you integrate the diverse knowledge and skills acquired in the previous five semesters to prepare them for their transition to professional practice. This subject aims to address these needs by building on and revisiting the material of the previous five semesters (and on the students’ developing clinical experience); and by using diverse teaching methods to promote integration of this knowledge, a more sophisticated understanding and greater competence.
Detailed Information PSYT90094
|Cognitive Behaviour Therapy||6.25|
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
This unit is intended to give a brief introduction into the theoretical underpinnings of the main forms of CBT and provide a solid background in the practical applications of CBT in relation to common psychiatric disorders for which CBT is an appropriate treatment.
Detailed Information PSYT90022
|Substance Use Disorders||6.25|
Substance Use Disorders
The unit will provide an introduction into the area of substance abuse - definitions, classification systems, and epidemiology including incidence, prevalence and risk factors. It will cover the major substances of abuse including alcohol and other central nervous system depressants, stimulants and hallucinogens. The unit will have a practical approach, covering issues of features of the substance abuse disorder, assessment, long term effects and complications, family issues and medical and psychosocial management.
Detailed Information PSYT90059
The interaction between a mental disorder and offending behaviour is important not just for forensic mental health specialists but for all of those who work with the mentally disordered. Clinicians need to develop the skills to balance the needs of patients with those of the legal system and the safety of the community. This elective will attempt to acquaint students with the nature of the relationships between mental disorder and deviant (including criminal) behaviours. It will provide an introduction to current evidence-based approaches to assessing and managing risk of future violence. The course will also look at specific forms of deviant behaviour, in particular sexual offending and stalking behaviours, in order to illustrate the interactions between deviant and potentially damaging behaviours and disorders of the mind. The overall objective of the course will be to introduce students to those aspects of forensic mental health which will be of general applicability in psychiatric practice.
Detailed Information PSYT90016
|Psychodynamic Therapy in Psychiatry||6.25|
Psychodynamic Therapy in Psychiatry
Psychodynamic principles and treatment underpin a broad range of psychological treatments in psychiatry. This unit is intended to provide an overview of broad principles of psychodynamic psychotherapy and their application to psychiatric assessment, intervention and management of a range of psychiatric conditions.
Detailed Information PSYT90090
|Ethics of Psychiatry (Offered in 2018)||6.25|
Ethics of Psychiatry (Offered in 2018)
This Unit will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of ethical decision-making in clinical psychiatry. Themes will extend over a wide terrain but cover ethical aspects of the psychiatrist – patient relationship, diagnosis, suicide, confidentiality, treatment in psychiatry, resource allocation and justice, child and adolescent psychiatry, psychogeriatrics and code of ethics.
Detailed Information PSYT90023
|Research Methods in Psychiatry (Offered in 2018)||6.25|
Research Methods in Psychiatry (Offered in 2018)
This subject is recommended to anyone who may be required to undertake a research project in the area of Mental Health during their studies or career. This subject is also a pre-requisite for any student interested to undertake the Psychiatric Research Project as their capstone in the Master of Psychiatry.
Detailed Information PSYT90010
|History & Philosophy in Psychiatry (Offered in 2018)||6.25|
History & Philosophy in Psychiatry (Offered in 2018)
The unit aims to provide an overview of this field, oriented particularly to the needs of psychiatrists- in-training, undertaking the training program of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), but the content will be relevant and of interest to non-trainee and non-medical participants involved in the mental health sector. The subject title includes the word ‘history’ as, wherever possible, the content will be taught with an historical emphasis, using case studies from the history of psychiatry (as well as from the present) to complement the more philosophical teaching.
Detailed Information PSYT90088
|Psychopharmacology (Offered in 2018)||6.25|
Psychopharmacology (Offered in 2018)
This selective will provide a brief revision of basic pharmacological principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics including the relevance of age, gender, ethnicity, common drug interactions, environmental influences, route of administration. The primary focus of the different seminars will be the major drug types commonly used in psychiatric practice including the underlying neurochemical basis for their use in specific disorders and specified primary target syndromes and symptoms.
Detailed Information PSYT90061
The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15 -19 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.
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To apply for the Master of Psychiatry, you are required to have:
- A postgraduate coursework Doctor of Medicine, or
- An undergraduate degree in medicine, or equivalent; and
- At least one year of documented experience as a practising doctor; and
- Hold current medical registration in the country where the applicant is working.
Meeting these requirements makes you eligible for selection but does not guarantee selection.
In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance; and
- The personal statement; and, if relevant
- Professional work experience.
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Student Application and Selection Procedure.
Applicants are required to satisfy the University’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7+ is required.
The English language requirement will be deemed met by evidence of registration with the Medical Board of Australia, since this registration has stringent English language requirements.
- All applicants must either 1) At the time of admission and during their candidature be engaged in clinical training in psychiatry or 2) be practicing medical officers in a psychiatric service or private medical practitioners with a significant proportion of their practice (equivalent to 12 months clinical practice) involved in working with patients with mental illness, or 3) if undertaking the one year intensive program, have at least 12 months clinical experience within the last 2 years.
- Entry to the elective PSYT90093 Psychiatric Research Project is subject to the capacity of a participating department to provide adequate supervision in a research project. Joint supervision arrangements may need to be put in place for overseas students and a formal agreement to support this may be required from the partner head of the institution prior to enrolment.
- Selection into the course is not automatic and in particular, is subject to competition and availability of places.
- Completion of this course does not lead to qualifications to work in psychiatry in Australia. The Masters of Psychiatry is an academic course. Qualification as a psychiatrist in Australia is obtained through application and completion of a training program with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists - www.ranzcp.org
Students taking the course from overseas are not required to have an international student visa.
Most courses have multiple intakes per year. Check the dates of upcoming terms.
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Fees and scholarships
Master of Psychiatry
150 point program
Course fees are the same for both domestic and international students.
Your course is equivalent in quality and accreditation to an on-campus qualification. Each subject is designed by academics, subject coordinators and learning designers to deliver an interactive and enriching experience, with regular contact from lecturers, tutors and a dedicated online Student Support team.
The indicative course fee for the course is based on one year of full-time study. In cases of part-time study, the fee is based on the study load that the student is taking. Fees are paid on a per subject basis each term, and total course fees are not required to be paid up-front.
The fees listed are the indicative costs for 2017. 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.
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Financial assistance and scholarships
The fees you pay for graduate study will vary depending on the type of enrolment or place you are offered.
If you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government. You may be eligible for the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP, which isn’t normally the case for leadership and executive programs.
There are many subsidies and scholarships awarded by the University and specific faculties, based on a variety of criteria. Online students are encouraged to apply.
FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible students in domestic fee-paying places to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government sets limits on how much you can borrow. FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the taxation system. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies. Detailed information about eligibility for FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website.
- Domestic scholarships
The Melbourne Scholarships Program is one of the most generous and comprehensive in Australia – supporting approximately 3000 students at the University. The scholarships program serves to both reward outstanding academic achievement and provide access for students who might otherwise be prevented from undertaking further study. For full details of all domestic graduate scholarships, visit the Future Students website.
Further information regarding financial aid options for current students is available on the Student Services website.
- International scholarships
There are no scholarships available for overseas online students from the University of Melbourne. Companies, home universities, professional organisations and charities may provide scholarships.
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