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Master of  Counselling

Program code: 5333

Delivery location

St Lucia


2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

If you have a background in social and behavioural sciences or the helping professions, the Master of Counselling will help you gain professional qualifications in counselling.

  • This 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.

If you're looking to become an accredited counsellor and help people who are struggling with a range of life challenges, the Master of Counselling is for you.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    The Master of Counselling has been at UQ since 2003 and was one of the first accredited counselling programs in Australia. It has counselling academics as well as staff and tutors who are practicing counsellors, some of whom are graduates of the program itself. 

  • In the classroom

    Hands-on, practical learning

    The program focuses on integrating theory with practical, hands-on skill development. You'll learn flexible ways to adapt your practice to the uniqueness of your specific clients.

  • Why study

    Find the right fit

    UQ offers two masters programs in counselling: the Master of Counselling and the Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology). If you're a psychology graduate who wants to meet the requirements for general registration as a psychologist, you should apply to the Master of Psychology.

  • Alumni
    "The experience I received from my placement means that I’ve had an amazing grounding and exposure to so many issues. If I had not have undertaken that placement I probably would not have been able to get the job that I have now and start my career, which I’m really happy about.” Georgina, Master of Counselling

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.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


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.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Counselling are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Counselling. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students will undertake over 360 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals and a variety of public and private agencies. During their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life setting.

Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • Australian Counselling Association
  • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

Accreditation body

The Master of Counselling is accredited by:

  • Australian Counselling Association, Psychotherapy And Counselling Federation Of Australia

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Master of Counselling are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,566
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

An “indicative annual fee” is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth Supported Place in the Master of Counselling. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Master of Counselling can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Counselling is 5333. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

Irrespective of professional background, entry to the program will be considered on the basis of previous academic study, experience and personal qualities.

Applicants are required to submit a certified copy of their university academic transcripts, a curriculum vitae and a personal statement. Applicants may also be required to undertake an interview as part of the admission process.

Domestic students enrolled in the Master of Counselling may be eligible to receive income support payments and should contact Centrelink to determine eligibility.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Counselling is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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