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Counselling, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #47 (QS) ,
 If you have a background in social and behavioural sciences or the helping professions, This Counselling program offered at the University of Queensland will help you gain professional qualifications in counselling.



This Counselling program offered at the University of Queensland program is designed for those with an approved degree in social work, psychology, human services, nursing or a related field. It's accredited by the Australian Counselling Association and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

Benefit from a program run jointly by the School of Psychology and the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. Learn the specific knowledge of counselling while gaining in-depth insight from the fields of psychology, social work and nursing. Study courses that will develop your knowledge and professional counselling skills. You will learn about research that informs counselling practice, understand key best-practice principles and master how to work with a diverse range of clients. 

Be confident and job ready with 360 hours of supervised clinical placements. While on placement, you will complete a major project, providing you with the opportunity to apply counselling theory and research skills as you work with clients.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Counselling typically work in human-service settings such as health, welfare, community services, human resources and personnel management and private practice.

Graduates work with individuals, families, groups and communities in a number of different settings in order to address issues like:

  • crisis
  • drug and alcohol problems
  • loss and grief
  • medical diagnoses or health challenges
  • mental health and well-being
  • relationship issues
  • sexual abuse
  • violence
  • working with children.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interpersonal Skills in Counselling
  • Theories of Counselling
  • Counselling and Mental Health
  • Understanding and Caring for Those Affected by Loss
  • Advanced Interpersonal Skills
  • Counselling Children and Young People
  • Ethics and Professional Practice Issues in Counselling
  • Family Therapy Traditions: Basic Concepts and Skills

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

 CRICOS code: 048816G

  • An approved bachelor degree with demonstrated prior learning in the social and behavioural sciences (e.g. in social work, psychology, social welfare, behavioural studies, human services, nursing, therapies, medicine, or related fields).
  • The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27536 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27536 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    6566 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6566 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
National fee is commonwealth supported

Living costs for Brisbane

  • 1402 - 2530 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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