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Swinburne University of Technology

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Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing

  • Graduate Diploma

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
Course Code
Study Mode
Online, In person
Intake Months
Mar, Aug
Domestic Fees
$32,000 per year / $32,000 total
International Fees
$32,000 per year

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Nursing and the Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing form part of the broad suite of courses in forensic psychology and forensic mental health at Swinburne University of Technology. In particular, the units in the diploma form part of the subjects that lead to the Master of Forensic Behavioural Science. Graduates will acquire in-depth knowledge and skills required to work effectively in forensic mental health nursing, including an understanding of legal and correctional systems, advanced instruction in the complex systemic and individual mental health factors that influence offending behaviour, and how to work effectively with challenging patients and behaviours.

This course is offered through the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne, in collaboration with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare). Note: This course is available to local students and off-shore international students who are studying in a country other than Australia; this course is not available to on-shore international students on a student visa.

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Career pathways

Swinburne intends that its teaching programs assist all its graduates to be:

  • capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
  • entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
  • effective and ethical in work and community situations
  • adaptable and able to manage change
  • aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing (e.g. sociocultural, economic, natural).

Course structure

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing, students must complete 100 credit points comprising:
  • 6 core units (75 credit points)
  • 2 elective units (25 credit points)
Maximum Academic CreditThe maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing is 50 credit points (normally four units)

Credit for prior study or work

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about credit.