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 Overview

Head of Program (Health and Social Wellbeing) Dr Nadine Levy
Course Duration Full-time: 18 months | Part-time: from 2 years for domestic students only
Delivery Method On-campus + supported online study
Academic Requirements

Bachelor degree with a major in a relevant field, such as health sciences, social sciences, liberal arts, or education (demonstrated through the provision of academic transcript) OR

an appropriate combination of a Bachelor degree in education, health sciences, liberal arts, social work, social services, community welfare, counselling or psychology (demonstrated through the provision of academic transcript) and relevant work experience and professional training ​in an area related to the proposed degree (demonstrated through the provision of a CV or evidence of professional training, such as a certificate of completion) OR

a Graduate Certificate with a focus on health and with credit average performance (demonstrated through the provision of academic transcript) OR

a Graduate Diploma with a focus on health (demonstrated through the provision of academic transcript).

Note: Applicants who are not eligible for direct entry to this course but are eligible for entry to the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma, can transition to the Master’s degree, upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma requirements.

English Language Requirements

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
Tuition Fees 2024 Domestic $33,000
International $40,800
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens
Tuition fees, non-tuition fees, and refunds are governed by NTI’s Fees, Charges and Refunds Policy
Non-Tuition Fees More about non-tuition fees
CRICOS Course Code 082515E
CRICOS Provider Number 03233C


Course Structure

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.

Elective Subjects

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

NTI800 Critical Inquiry
HSW905 Compassion at Work
HSW906 Social and Cultural Wellbeing
HSW807 Applied Mindfulness for Professionals
HSW911 Wellness Promotion and Evaluation
HSW913 Approaches to Care for Older Adults
HSW917 Mindful and Compassionate Leadership
HSW950 Research Project (12 credit points)
ABS801 Introduction to Buddhism
ABS802 Mindfulness: Theory and Practice
ABS904 Buddhist Ethics
ABS923 Health as Buddhist Practice

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




Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.

NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.

Offering a high degree of flexibility, our courses can be studied online or on campus, full or part-time. Our courses are designed for health and wellness professionals, counsellors, educators, and other leaders who are balancing a work schedule and already have an undergraduate degree. Enrol now or at a time that suits you.