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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 course on "Personality Disorders and Psychological Therapies"


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

 What Graduates Say About GDMH



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

  • Course 1: Psychosis 
  • Course 2: Mood, Anxiety and Grief 
  • Course 3: Addiction 
  • Course 4: Child and Adolescent Mental Health including Learning Disabilities​
  • Course 5: Psychogeriatrics
  • Course 6: Personality Disorders and Psychological Therapies 

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

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

The 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 programme 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 course examination ​​(applicable for all courses).​

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

    • ​Complete case write-up (for all Courses)  
    • * Case write-up for course 6 is based on a clinical video (viewing of video will be at IMH). 
    • Achieve 75% classroom attendance (for all Courses) 
    • Attend clinical attachments (Applicable to Courses 1, 2, 3 & 4 only) 
    • * Clinical attachments are applicable to Course 1, 2, 3 & 4 and are an essential component of the curriculum and a requisite to the course examinations. It is a half-day attachment conducted during office hours on weekdays for each course 1, 2, 3 & 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 Courses) ​​
  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 course to be considered as having passed that course. Candidates who fail to meet the minimum passing criteria for any assessment component in the course shall re-take the failed course and final exam​ ​​at the next programme 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% 
~ Course 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 courses and the final examination will be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health.

Online registration for the 2024/2025 intake is open from 25 March 2024 to 1 July 2024.

Early bird rate is extended until furth​er notice. ​

Please submit your applications online via Graduate Admission System (GDA2)​.

Eligibility Criteria 

The programme​ is open to the following:   ​

  1. Doctors with recognised basic medical degree qualification registered with the Singapore Medical Council 
  2. GPs who have completed housemanship
  3. GPs with an interest in Mental Health, including GPs on the Mental Health-GP Partnership Programme
  4. Primary Care Physicians; and
  5. Doctors with an interest in mental health 

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

Chargeable Fees are stated as per the table below.


Early Bird Rate
*extended until further notice
Standard Rate

​Application Fee
​Programme Fee (20%)
*Programme Fee (80% for subsequent refund)
​Books Fee​

​a) Essential guide to Psychiatry
​b) Delusions, Possession or Imagination?
​c) A Primer of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
​Exam Fee
​Total Fee


  • Payment instructions will be sent after application.
  • Application fee is non-refundable.
  • Fees are inclusi​ve of prevailing GST rate.
  • Successful application will be notified via email to accept placement.
  • Subsidy will be reimbursed upon graduating from the programme.
  • All fees are subjected to changes without prior notice.
  • *80% program fee is not subjected to GST. This amount is the subsidy and will be reimbursed to the student after successful completion of the program.


A 10% administrative fee per course will be imposed on candidates who wish to defer any course. 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 course’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 fee refund are as follows:  

  • 100% refund* if the request for withdraw​al is made in writing more than 30 calendar days# before commencement 
  • 90% refund* if the request for withdrawal is made in writing no less than 15 calendar days# before commencement 
  • Strictly no refund on fees if the request for withdrawal is less than 15 calendar days# before 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 programme structure and fees without any prior notification or whatsoever to the parties involved. ​

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