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Counselling, MCouns

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Brisbane, Australia
The program specialises in advanced counselling skills and theories, counselling and mental health, counselling and addictions, counselling children and young people, mindfulness based interventions, expressive therapies and solution focussed brief therapy. 


Our fully accredited Master of Counselling Program provides a holistic integrated and evidence-based pathway to becoming a "registered counsellor". This Program will lead you to the acquisition of advanced skills, theoretical knowledge and clinical experience through classroom activities, blended learning and internship placements.

You will learn the art of assessment and case conceptualization and build a strong ethical framework for practice.

Supervised internships of 200 hours each semester of your final year, take place in a variety of counselling settings. This practical training prepares you for a rewarding professional career as a counsellor and eligibility to join the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and listing as a "Registered counsellor" on the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).

Career opportunities

The Master of Counselling opens new possibilities for you to work as a counsellor, including private practice, health and human service settings. It will interest you if you want a career change or to fine-tune your existing qualifications by adding a vocational emphasis. If you are already an experienced counsellor, this gives you an academic qualification to formalise years of work and opens pathways to further research, such as through undertaking PhD research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Design: Methodology and Literature Review
  • Counselling Interventions: Expressive Therapies
  • Advanced Counselling Skills and Theories 1
  • Professional Development and Supervision 1
  • Professional Development 2: Grief, Loss and Trauma
  • Counselling Children and Young People
  • Counselling and Mental Health
  • Counselling and Addictions
  • Solution Focused Therapeutic Approaches
  • Ethics and Reflective Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    192 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • CRICOS code: 079913F 
  • an approved 3-year degree in Counselling (AQF Level 7) or a Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7) in other cognate areas as approved by the University.
Entry by non-graduates who have extensive relevant industry experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Head of School, Social Sciences.
  • Applicants are required to complete an additional personal statement and attend an interview (refer to application form). Interviews for International students on a Student visa will be conducted by Skype.
  • Applicants must hold a valid Suitability Card (Blue Card), which is issued by the Public Safety Business Agency, prior to commencement. Please see the Blue Card link for further details.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44800 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22400 AUD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    44800 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22400 AUD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Brisbane

  • 1402 - 2530 AUD/month
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