Highlights

  • Ideal for professionals who can see the value of developing advanced knowledge and skills in counselling therapy and in the effective supervision of professionals and counsellors.
  • Allows professionals from a variety of professional settings to develop skills in counselling.
  • Take an applied, experiential focus to your studies, with an emphasis on brief solution-focused and narrative therapies, family therapy, group work and supervision.
  • Gain practical experience in QUT's Psychology and Counselling Clinic.

Highlights

  • Ideal for professionals who can see the value of developing advanced knowledge and skills in counselling therapy and in the effective supervision of professionals and counsellors.
  • Allows professionals from a variety of professional settings to develop skills in counselling.
  • Take an applied, experiential focus to your studies, with an emphasis on brief solution-focused and narrative therapies, family therapy, group work and supervision.
  • Gain practical experience in QUT's Psychology and Counselling Clinic.

Real-world learning

Operating out of QUT Health Clinics at the Kelvin Grove campus, the Psychology and Counselling Clinic provides professional psychology, family therapy, and counselling services for the community.

This clinic offers training experiences for our postgraduate students across a wide range of psychotherapies, including reflecting team practice in counselling training.

What to expect

This course offers professionals the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in counselling. Course learning can be applied to a number of professional settings, and students in this program come from nursing, education, community arts, justice, human services, and other allied health backgrounds.

During this program you will learn about a range of approaches and techniques that can be applied to brief and collaborative counselling work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Graduates can articulate and reflect upon their evolving personal framework of counselling practice and apply counselling processes intentionally to support the wellbeing of clients in a number of contexts relevant to their profession.

It is a practice-based program that includes a year of supervised clinical practice in the Psychology and Counselling Clinic.

Flexible delivery

This course is offered on a full-time basis over two years, or a part-time basis over three years. Classes are held in the evening.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Blue card: you will need a valid blue card to complete practical placements in this course. 

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Counselling are prepared for specialised positions in the counselling field and are also equipped to contribute to the development and practice of counselling in the professional environment.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association.

Possible careers

  • Child and Family Counsellor
  • Counsellor
  • Face to Face Counsellor

Details and units

The Master of Counselling is offered on a full-time basis over two years or a part-time basis over three or four years. Units are delivered in intensive, evening and weekend format.

This course has an applied, experiential focus which features brief solution-focused and narrative therapies, family therapy, process-experiential therapy, group work and supervision. Student learning is supported by facilitated small group work which offers a strong practical component and students will use the purpose-built Psychology and Counselling Clinic for clinical practice.

 

Requirements

Additional entry requirements
Yes
Additional entry requirements
Yes
Course code
PY12
CRICOS code
096589E
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
2 years full-time
3 years part-time
Duration
2 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry into this course is competitive and applications will be accepted until 30 September for the February intake.
Entry
February
Entry into this course is competitive and applications will be accepted until 30 September for the February intake.

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised:

  • bachelor degree in health, education, or human resource management; or 

  • bachelor honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters or doctorate degree in any discipline area; or

  • bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum three years full-time equivalent relevant experience.

Relevant work experience could include:

  • The facilitation and management of ongoing helping relationships that employs intentional use of therapeutic conversation and a therapeutic relationship;

  • Volunteer or community work that is supervised/mentored within an ethical framework;

  • Work that provides opportunities and support for professional development and reflective helping practice, including the provision of feedback and training.

Additional entry requirements

Applicants who satisfy the above criteria will be contacted by QUT to attend an interview to assess their suitability for counselling. Admission is based on prior studies and interview. Interviews will be conducted either in-person on Kelvin Grove campus or online from mid-October through to early November.

Application dates

Closing date is 30 September. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Places are limited. 

Apply now to ensure your application is considered.

 

Minimum academic requirements

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised:
  • bachelor degree in health, education, or human resource management with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 4.0 on QUT's 7-point scale; or
  • bachelor honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters or doctorate degree in any discipline area with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 4.0 on QUT's 7-point scale; or
  • bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 4.0 on QUT's 7-point scale and with a minimum three years full-time equivalent relevant* experience.

*Relevant work experience could include:

  • The facilitation and management of ongoing helping relationships and that employs intentional use of therapeutic conversation and a therapeutic relationship;
  • Volunteer or community work that is supervised/mentored within an ethical framework;
  • Work that provides opportunities and support for professional development and reflective helping practice, including the provision of feedback and training.
Students applying on the basis of work experience must submit a detailed CV including position details and employment statements.
 

Additional entry requirement

Applicants who satisfy the above critiera will be contacted by QUT to an attend interivew to assess their suitability for counselling training. Admission is based on prior studies and interview.
 
Additional information
Entry to this course is competitive. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in mid-October for interviews in late October/early November.
 
Closing date
Entry into this course is competitive and applications have an early closing date of 30 September of the previous year.

 

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
185 185 185 185 185
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
7 7 7 7 7
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
65 65 65 65 65
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
98 24 24 27 23

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: $16,200 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2021 fees

2021: $24,200 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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