Master of Arts (Health and Social Wellbeing)


The Master of Arts in Health and Social Wellbeing at NTI is a program that combines graduate-level seminars with extensive research projects in a range of areas such as Mental Health and Wellness, Mindfulness, Mind-Body Wellness, and Healing Traditions.


In addition to developing a range of skills, knowledge, and insights relevant to working in the Health & Social Wellbeing domain, Graduates will also develop advanced research skills to enable critical analysis of current research, as well as engagement in research within their chosen career. The research project provides an opportunity for individual in-depth exploration of a chosen topic, under the guidance of an expert supervisor.


The course structure - with subjects taken in series - ensures that the project is the culminating element of the course following the completion of all the coursework subjects.

Course Details
CRICOS Course Code 082515E
CRICOS Provider Number 03233C
Head of Program (Health and Social Wellbeing) Dr Terry Froggatt
Course Duration Full-time: 18 months (Part-time options available)
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. For applicants who have not completed substantial tertiary studies in English, the requirement is IELTS (academic version only) 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each subtest, or equivalent assessment of English language proficiency. The test must be completed no more than 2 years before commencement.
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Related Courses Graduate Diploma in Health and Social Wellbeing
Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Wellbeing
Fees 2018 Domestic $15,000*
International $19,200
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens
Fees 2019 Domestic $19,800*
International $24,000
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens
Course Structure & Subjects


The course can be completed in 3 semesters of full-time study. Students can also spread their subjects over a longer period.

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) as follows:

Core Subjects

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 Therapy Through Art
HSW916 Healing Traditions: Buddhism and Psychotherapy

Elective Subjects 

4 Elective Subjects* to be chosen from the schedule below:
Note: Not all electives are offered in each semester. Please check the NTI Timetable, or with the Student Services Manager on the scheduled subjects.

HSW900 Critical Thinking, Scholarly Capabilities and Academic Inquiry 
HSW905 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.