Master of Counselling

School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney Campus

Are you passionate about helping people? Do you have an innate need to give back to your fellow human? If so, you should consider a Master of Counselling from The University of Notre Dame Australia. This fully-accredited program, which can be completed over two years of full-time study, combines classroom-based study with hands-on practical counselling experience in the real world.

  • Why study this degree?

    Our Master of Counselling is an innovative program which has been designed for graduates who would like to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies required for counselling practice. Fully accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, the program is made up of a combination of coursework, practical components.

    The Master of Counselling is based on the scientist/practitioner model and incorporates a significant practice component off Campus. This means that in addition to your coursework and research, you will be required to undertake a minimum of 120 hours at a counselling placement. Students are encouraged to complete more hours for their own training. Based on your client counselling experiences during your placement, you will also need to submit two case studies as part of your degree.

  • 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
    • RSCH5010 Research Methods
    • PHIL6020 Ethical Issues in Professional Life

    Year Two

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

    Master of Counselling research electives

    • ARTS6000 Literature Review
    • ARTS6001 Professional Project
    • ARTS6002 Experience the World
    • ARTS6003 Research Project
    • ARTS6004 Research Project
    • ARTS6005 Special Project
    • ARTS6030 Professional Group Project
    • 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 a first degree or equivalent in a related area and have completed a course in developmental psychology, or equivalent, as determined by the Dean.
    • An applicant who has not completed such a unit will usually be required to complete Notre Dame's Developmental Psychology course in the first semester of the Master of Counselling program.
    • 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).
    • Applications should be received at least one month prior to commencement. Postgraduate programs at the university are filled on a first-come first-served basis.
  • 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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