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.
  • Start online unavailable. This course is only available to you if you can attend classes on campus. It is not possible to start this course online.

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.

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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
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
2 years full-time
3 years part-time
Duration
2 years full-time
Entry
January
Entry into this course is competitive and applications will be accepted until 30 September for the January intake.
Entry
January
Entry into this course is competitive and applications will be accepted until 30 September for the January intake. You must be onshore in Australia to apply for this course.

Applications for 2022

You must be onshore in Australia to apply for this program.  If you are successful with your application, you must remain onshore. 

Entry requirements

  • A recognised bachelor degree in a relevant discipline; or 

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

  • A recognised bachelor degree in any discipline plus a minimum three years full-time (or equivalent) work in a relevant field.

Relevant discipline/field

  • Behavourial science, psychology
  • Biomedicine, biomedical, medical science
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Human services
  • Human resources management
  • Health (eg nursing, medicine, public health etc)
  • Leisure management
  • Social science, sociology
  • Social, youth etc work

Work experience

Work experience could include:

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

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

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

Additional entry requirements

If you satisfy the entry requirements you will be contacted by QUT to attend an interview to assess your suitability for counselling. Admission is based on prior studies and interview outcome. Interviews will be conducted either in-person on Kelvin Grove campus or online from mid-October through to early November.

Application dates

Final date to apply is 30 September. Applications or supporting documentation received after this date will not be considered. Applications for the next intake will open 1 July.

Places are limited.  Apply as early as possible to ensure your application is considered.

Minimum academic requirements

Applications for 2022

In response to COVID-19, QUT has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered offshore for students studying in 2022. 
 
You must be onshore in Australia to apply for this course and cannot commence online. 

If you are successful with your application, you must remain onshore.  There is no option to commence online and come later.

 

Entry to this course is based upon meeting both the academic entry requirements and a sucessful interview. 

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.

 
Additional information
Entry to this course is competitive. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in mid-October for interviews in late October/early November. Applicants will be notified of their outcomes in mid-December. 
 
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

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. 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 no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
7 7 7 7 7
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
98 24 24 27 23
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
65 65 65 65 65

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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.

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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.

2022 fees

2022: $16,200 per year full-time (72 credit points)

2022 fees

2022: $23,300 per year full-time (72 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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