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IMH & NUS jointly present Graduate Diploma in Mental Health (GDMH)

The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health (GDMH) is a structured training programme for general practitioners (GPs). Jointly organised by the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and the Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS), National University of Singapore (NUS), this one-year part-time programme aims to increase the capability of GPs in mental healthcare by training them appropriately for the role to detect and treat minor mental health disorders in the community. 

The curriculum has been revised in 2019 to include the module on "Personality Disorders and Psychological Therapies"


Information presented in this video is accurate as at March 2012. 

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All classes are conducted face-to-face​​ on Saturday afternoons. The course is divided into 6 modules. Each module is conducted over a period of 2 months.  

  • Module 1: Psychosis 
  • Module 2: Mood, Anxiety and Grief 
  • Module 3: Addiction 
  • Module 4: Child and Adolescent Mental Health including Learning Disabilities 
  • Module 5: Psychogeriatric 
  • Module 6: Personality Disorders and Psychological Therapies (new)  

​The first month in each module comprises weekly classroom sessions on Saturday afternoons. Clinical attachment is applicable to module 1 - 4 and is a half-day attachment conducted during office hours on weekdays for each module 1 - 4. 

All sessions including lectures, clinical attachments, viewing of video/reading of case notes for case write-up assignment and module exams will be conducted face-to-face at IMH.

The course syllabus will be covered by lectures, reading materials, video and live supervision, journal discussion, case vignettes, clinical attachment and/or self-study. Clinical attachment will be available with close supervision and guidance from IMH’s doctors. 

  1. The course will be assessed in the following way unless otherwise stated:

    • Continuous Assessment (CA): 60%  
    • Final examination: 40%  
    • Total Assessment: 100%  

    The CA component comprises case discussion, case write-up and module examination ​​(applicable for all modules).​

  2. Module Examination Eligibility
    Module examination is part of the continuous assessment. Candidates must complete and minimally receive a 
    50%  pass  rate  for  the  following  assignments,  class  participation  and  clinical  attachments  to  be  eligible  for 
    module examinations. There will be no re-take of any supplementary module exam paper should candidate fail 
    any module exam.

    • ​Complete case write-up (for all Modules)  
    • * Case write-up for module 6 is based on a clinical video (viewing of video will be at IMH). 
    • Achieve 75% classroom attendance (for all Modules) 
    • Attend clinical attachments (Applicable to Modules 1, 2, 3 & 4 only) 
    • * Clinical attachments are applicable to Module 1 - 4 and are an essential component of the curriculum and a requisite to the module examinations. It is a half-day attachment conducted during office hours on weekdays for each module 1 - 4. The course administrator will work with you on a suitable timeslot about 1 month prior to the session. 
    • ​Participation in case discussion / case vignettes / live supervision (for all Modules) ​​
  3. Final Examination Eligibility

    Students must pass all CA components to be eligible for the final examination.  

Award of the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health   

Students must meet the minimum passing criteria for every assessment component within each module to be considered as having passed that module. Candidates who fail to meet the minimum passing criteria for any assessment component in the module shall re-take the failed module and final exam​ ​​at the next course intake. 

Assessme​nt Component 
Component's Weightage Minimum Passing Criteria 
A.  Continuous Assessment (CA) 60% 30% 
~ Case discussion (Part of CA) 12% 6% 
~ Case write-up (Part of CA) 18% 9% 
~ Module Examination (Part of CA) 30% 15% 
B.  Final Examination 40% 20% 
Total Assessment (A + B) 100% 50% 

 Candidates who have successfully completed and passed all the 6 modules and a final examination will be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health.

Registration for the 2023/2024 intake will open from 27 March to 3 July 2023.

To register your interest, please email gdmh@imh.com.sg

Eligibility Criteria  

  1. A recognised basic medical degree qualification registered with the Singapore Medical Council 
  2. GPs who have completed housemanship or non-traditional source medical officers 
  3. GPs with an interest in Mental Health, including GPs on the Mental Health-GP Partnership Programme 

The Ministry of Health (MOH) will be providing 80% subsidy* to general practitioners and doctors applying for this upcoming intake upon successful completion of the course. 


A 10% administrative fee per module will be imposed on candidates who wish to defer any module. Please be informed that this fee is non-refundable. Candidates are required to inform the GDMH administrator on the request and fill up the deferment form at least 3 months before the module’s start date. The request is subject to the Programme Director’s approval, on a case–by–case basis. 

Withdrawal Policy  

Request for withdrawal must be made in writing to the Programme Director. Policies for course fee refund are as follows:  

  • 100% refund* if the request for course withdraw​al is made in writing more than 30 calendar days# before course commencement 
  • 90% refund* if the request for course withdrawal is made in writing no less than 15 calendar days# before course commencement 
  • Strictly no refund on fees if the request for course withdrawal is less than 15 calendar days# before course commencement and/or after the course commences 

* Refund excludes the application fee
# Calendar days include Saturday and Sunday.

NUS & IMH reserve the right to make any amendments to the course structure and fees without any prior notification or whatsoever to the parties involved. 

For enquiries, please email to GDMH@imh.com.sg