Course overview

Full-time duration Part-time duration Core subjects Selective Subjects Total course fee*
N/A 3 years 6 4 A$29,961

*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 semesters

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.

Course aims

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.

Career outcomes

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

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.

  • 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

Next: see what subjects you'll be studying

  • Your dedicated student support team

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.