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Graduate Diploma in Mental Health

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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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Course Structure

All classes are conducted 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. In the second month, candidates will self-study and complete case write-up. 

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. 


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Course Assessment & Examination

  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.  

  2. Module Examination Eligibility

    Students must complete the following assignments and/or class participation to be eligible for module examinations:  

    • Case write-up (for all Modules)  
    • 75% classroom attendance (for all Modules)  
    • Clinical attachments (Applicable to Modules 1, 2, 3 & 4 only)  
    • 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 at the next course intake. 

Assessment 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.

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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 


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The Ministry of Health (MOH) will be providing 80% subsidy* to general practitioners applying for this upcoming intake. MOH will be subsidising $5,290.08 course fee to all eligible applicants upon successful completion of the final examination. 

Chargeable Fees are stated as per the table below.  

Description   Early Bird Rate (SGD)   Standard Rate (SGD)  
Application Fee#   $107  $250 
Course Fee   $6,612.60  $6,612.60 
Books Fee
a) Essential Guide to Psychiatry
b) Delusions, Possession or Imagination?
c) A Primer of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Exam Fee   $660  $660 
Total Amount   $7,547.10   $7,690.10  


  • *Subsidy will be reimbursed upon successful completion of the final examination.  
  • #Application fee is non-refundable.  
  • Fees are inclusive of prevailing GST rate.   
  • Successful applicants will be notified via email to accept placement.  
  • All fees are subject to changes without prior notice  


A 10% administrative fee per module of $110.20 (inclusive of GST) 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 withdrawal 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. 

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Contact Us


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

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