Graduate Diploma in International Psychiatry

Course overview

  • 1 year part time
  • Online
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Term 1 Intake - January


The Graduate Diploma in International Psychiatry gives medical practitioners the necessary knowledge and skills to provide up to date and quality care to 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 upskill your qualifications in psychiatry and provide the latest in quality mental healthcare to your patients, this is the course for you.

Who is this course 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.

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.

Course aims

This course is designed to provide healthcare practitioners with the most up-to-date, 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.