Master of Counselling

School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney Campus

Accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and Australian Counselling Association, this degree provides professional training for students who would like to work in the challenging but rewarding area of counselling. This degree combines classroom based study with practical counselling experience.

  • Why study this degree?

    Our Master of Counselling is designed to suit the needs of people from a variety of professional backgrounds including, but not limited to, social work, human resources, social welfare, nursing, psychology and education. At the end of this postgraduate program, you will have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills in counselling needed to work in a wide variety of situations.

    The degree takes an integrative approach to counselling practice, with a focus on contemporary and evidence-based approaches, group-work, mental health, research skills and counselling across the life-span. You will also be encouraged to develop self-awareness, identify and discuss links between theory and practice, and showcase your ability to assess and intervene in response to a range of presenting issues. You will also develop research skills relevant to the field of counselling. In the second year, you will undertake an industry placement. The length of the placement is normally 200 hours, which includes at least 40 hours of client contact and 10 hours of individual, clinical supervision. The duration of this Program may be reduced if you enter with a Bachelor degree in Counselling or a cognate discipline area, providing all program learning outcomes and content and training requirements for accreditation are met.

    By the end of the Master’s degree you will be able to register as a counsellor and work with clients in a variety of settings

  • Program summary

    Year One

    • COUN6000 Interpersonal Group Practice
    • COUN6001 Counselling Skills
    • COUN6002 Theoretical Approaches to Counselling
    • COUN6003 Approaches to Mental Health
    • COUN6004 Theory and Process of Group Facilitation
    • COUN6005 Family Systems and Couples
    • ARTS5010 Research Methods
    • PHIL6020 Ethical Issues in Professional Life

    Year Two

    • COUN6006 Placement, Supervision and Case Studies A
    • COUN6007 Placement, Supervision and Case Studies B
    • COUN6008 Professional Practice
    • COUN6009 Trauma, Loss and Grief Counselling
    • COUN6010 Specialised Counselling Approaches
    • THREE (3) Electives, TWO (2) of which must be Research Electives

    Master of Counselling research electives

    • ARTS6000 Literature Review
    • ARTS6001 Professional Project
    • ARTS6002 Experience the World
    • ARTS6030 Professional Group Project
    • ARTS6031 Research Project
    • ARTS6033 Writing for Research
    • RSCH7000 Quantitative Research Methods
    • RSCH7001 Qualitative Research Methods
    • RSCH7002 Scholarly Writing and Publication
    • RSCH7003 Developing a Research Proposal

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Entry requirements

    • Applicants must usually hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent.
    • Applicants will also be required to demonstrate a suitable degree of mature life experience, including self-awareness, a capacity to relate to others and an understanding of ethical behaviour. Admission also requires a selection interview with a member of the Counselling staff. At the interview the applicant will be required to demonstrate a suitable degree of mature life experience as defined by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
    • Successful applicants will be required to provide a current National Police Clearance.
  • Fees

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Scholarships

    Domestic students

    According to the Higher Education Support Act 2003, all domestic research students are eligible to have all higher degree by research (HDR) program fees paid for by the Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) for the length of their degree. Domestic students are also encouraged to apply for both an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and the University Postgraduate Award (UPA) offered through The University of Notre Dame Australia. These scholarships are very competitive and are awarded to students of exceptional research potential. The scholarships are for the purpose of assisting with general living costs for the duration of the research degree.

    International students

    All international research students are required to pay full fees for the length of their research degree. Please refer to the International Prospectus for current cost per year to complete a Master’s degree. All international students are encouraged to apply for the Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS) or the University equivalent International Fee Remission Research Scholarship (IFRRS), and both the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and University Postgraduate Award (UPA). The EIPRS provides annual fee remission for the successful applicant(s) and meets the cost of a standard Overseas Student Health Cover Policy for the student for the period of the course. The IFRRS covers the annual fee remission for the successful candidate; however students will need to pay for their own Overseas Student Health Cover.

  • More information

    For more information on the Master of Counselling, please contact the Prospective Students Office on +61 (2) 8204 4404 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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