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Counselling, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 72 months
University rank #801 (QS) Online
The Master of Counselling at University of New England offers an integrative approach to counsellor training and supervision, drawing upon a wide range of theories and evidence-informed practice to equip students with the advanced knowledge and skills-based competencies required by contemporary counselling practitioners.


The Master of Counselling at University of New England aims to equip students with mastery of specialised counselling skills.

 Emphasis is given to producing university-qualified, registered counsellors who are ethical, self-reflexive, and committed to lifelong learning and ongoing professional development.

Combining online study with mandatory intensive schools in a blended learning format, the course is ideally suited to individuals with a prior degree in any discipline wishing to gain an industry-recognised qualification whilst continuing to meet their work and family commitments. As part of the award, students can complete either the Generalist Counselling Pathway or the Counselling Placement Pathway which involves 40 hours of face-to-face counselling; 10 hours of clinical supervision and 150 hours of agency-based activities. The course provides a pathway to the UNE Doctor of Philosophy for those students who meet the other entry requirements to that program.

The Master of Counselling is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), a national peak association, and Australia's largest single registration body for counsellors and psychotherapists. Student membership with the ACA is available while undertaking the course, with professional membership eligibility after graduation. Graduates who engage in ongoing professional development are also eligible to be listed on the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP), an independent national register of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.

Career Opportunities

Enhanced employment opportunities within the public, private and community counselling, health, education and human services sectors as well as private practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Inquiry in Health and Social Care 
  • Methods for Inquiry in Health and Social Care 
  • Capstone Project 
  • Integrative Counselling Skills 
  • Integrative Counselling Theory 
  • Group Work in Counselling 
  • Relationship Counselling 
  • Clinical Assessment and Case Conceptualisation 
  • Supervision Theory and Practice 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      Up to 6 year
  • Credits
    72 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • (a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification; or
  • (b) hold the 2015-2018 AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of New England; or
  • (c) hold the 2019-onwards AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of New England; or
  • (d) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or AQF Level 9 Masters or AQF Level 10 Doctorate degree in any relevant* discipline; or
  • (e) satisfy UNE by means of other relevant* professional experience by submitting a Statement of Service from your employer/s and a resume outlining a minimum of three years' full-time (or equivalent) relevant* professional experience and training undertaken in the past 10 years.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27300 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27300 AUD per year and a duration of 72 months.
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