Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

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
  • 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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  • Your dedicated student support team

Discuss your eligibility

Speak with a dedicated online student support consultant to clarify any questions about entry requirements, including prior academic performance and professional experience.

Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149
Email: study-online@unimelb.edu.au
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