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Master of Counselling

Overview

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.

This two year full-time program will provide you with in-depth knowledge and practical skills for a successful career in professional counselling. The program is designed for those with an approved degree in social work, psychology, human services, nursing or a related field who want to gain professional counselling qualifications.

The program has a strong focus on integrative approaches to counselling and applied psychotherapy. It seeks to effectively and respectfully enhance outcomes for people struggling with a range of challenges.

You'll study courses that will develop your knowledge and professional counselling skills. You'll learn about research that informs counselling practice, understand key best-practice principles and master how to work with a diverse range of clients.

In your second year, you'll undertake more than 360 hours of supervised practical placement in government and private agencies. While on placement you'll complete a major project, which provides you the opportunity to apply counselling theory and research skills.

Taught in conjunction with UQ’s School of Psychology, the program is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
5333
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$27536 (indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
5333
CRICOS Code
048816G
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Build on your background in social and behavioural sciences, psychology or nursing, and embark on a career in counselling.
  • Be confident you're job-ready, with 360 hours of supervised clinical placements.
  • Learn from professionals and practising counsellors to gain an accredited qualification.

23 in the world for psychology

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars

Placements and work experience

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.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Counselling and mental health
  • Family therapy traditions: basic concepts and skills
  • Understanding and caring for those affected by loss
  • Counselling for crisis and violence

See all courses in this program

See program rules [PDF]

In Semester 2, 2021, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options for students who can't attend in person. Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Crisis counsellor
  • Grief counsellor
  • Drug and alcohol counsellor
  • Relationship counsellor
  • Rehabilitation counsellor
  • Child and youth counsellor
  • Sexual assault counsellor
  • Student counsellor
  • Family counsellor
  • Therapeutic counsellor

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

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

Program accreditation

The Master of Counselling is accredited by:

  • Australian Counselling Association, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
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Entry requirements

Prerequisites

A 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.

Prerequisites

A 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.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BE and OET are not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

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.

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this 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.

Availability of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are reviewed yearly and are offered to eligible applicants on a limited basis. There is no guarantee that any CSP places will be available.

The number of CSPs for Semester 1 commencement are limited and selection is highly competitive. There will be no separate application process for CSPs and all eligible candidates that submit a complete application by 31 January each year will be automatically considered. Applicants will be notified prior to the start of classes whether they have been offered a CSP. Applicants who are unsuccessful in securing a CSP offer may still be offered a place in the program as a full-fee paying student.

Selection for CSPs is managed by the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences and based purely on academic merit.

Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

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.

Before commencing placement courses you must obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current Blue Card. See habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready

Late applications may be considered however there is no guarantee of an offer.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Counselling are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $27,536

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Counselling for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Indicative annual fee

AUD $23,360

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Counselling at 2021 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. See the fee for a CSP in this program. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Counselling pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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