Master of Arts (Health and Social Wellbeing)


The Master of Arts in Health and Social Wellbeing offers a holistic perspective on wellness which is delivered using mindful and contemplative approaches to learning.


Nan Tien Institute's (NTI's) master program is designed to comprehensively challenge and change the way you understand the foundations and contributors to health and wellbeing, personally and collectively.


An important element of education at NTI is to embody self-care within the process of learning how to care for the health and social needs of others. This approach is essential to successfully addressing the inherent risks of burnout and fatigue when caring for others. The embodied, holistic and contemplative learning foundations at NTI are unique within postgraduate education.


Course Details
Head of Program (Health and Social Wellbeing) Dr Susan Sumskis
Course Duration Full-time: 18 months | Part-time: from 2 years
Delivery Method On-campus + supported online study
Academic Requirements Either a Bachelor degree with a major in health, human services, social sciences, liberal arts, or education, or a Graduate Diploma with a focus on health, or a Graduate Certificate with a focus on health and credit average performance.

Note: Applicants who are not eligible for direct entry to this course, but are eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate, can transition to the Master's degree, upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma requirements.
English Language Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Applicants who have not completed substantial tertiary studies in English will need to meet our English Language Requirements.

Please note: On completion of this course, those wishing to register as a health professional in Australia will also need to satisfy the AHPRA requirement of an overall IELTS score of 7.
Related Courses Graduate Diploma in Health and Social Wellbeing
Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Wellbeing
Fees 2019 Domestic $19,800*
International $24,000
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens.
For more information visit our Fees and Scholarships page.
Fees 2020# Domestic $22,800*
International $28,800
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens.
For more information visit our Fees and Scholarships page.
CRICOS Course Code 082515E
CRICOS Provider Number 03233C

# Indicative fee, assuming all electives are chosen within the Award program


Course Structure & Subjects

The course can be completed within three (3) semesters of full-time study or four (4) or more semesters of part-time study. It is possible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Wellbeing or Graduate Diploma of Health and Social Wellbeing.

The Master of Arts (Health and Social Wellbeing) qualification requires the completion of 12 subjects (for a total of 72 credit points).

Core Subjects

Note: Not all subjects are offered in each semester. Please consult the timetable or Student Services for advice.

HSW901 Mind-Body Wellness
HSW902 Nutrition Through the Lifespan
HSW903 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice
HSW904 Social Policy, Health and Welfare
HSW912 Coaching and Counselling for Health and Wellbeing
HSW914 Mental Health and Wellness
HSW915 Arts Therapy
HSW916 Healing Traditions: Buddhism and Psychotherapy

Elective Subjects 

4 Elective Subjects* to be chosen from the schedule below:

HSW900 Critical Thinking, Scholarly Capabilities and Academic Inquiry 
HSW905 Compassion at Work (new subject coming soon)
HSW906 Social and Cultural Wellbeing (new subject coming soon)
HSW907 Applied Mindfulness for Professionals
HSW911 Wellness Promotion and Evaluation
HSW913 Approaches to Care for Older Adults
HSW950 Research Project (12 credit points)
ABS901 Introduction to Buddhism
ABS902 Mindfulness: Theory and Practice
ABS904 Buddhist Ethics
ABS921 Buddhism, Environment and Sustainability
ABS944 Mindfulness and Cognitive Science


*  3 elective subjects if HSW950 Research Project (12 credit points) is also taken as an elective.