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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 holistic, 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 Bernhard Baune, Cato Chair and Head of 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
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.