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.

Entry requirements

You must have one of:

  • A recognised bachelor degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 4.00 (on QUT's 7 point scale); or 
  • A recognised bachelor honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master, or doctorate degree in any discipline area with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 4.00 (on QUT's 7 point scale).; or
  • A recognised bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 4.00 (on QUT's 7 point scale) followed by at least 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

Relevant work 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; 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.

You will need to provide with your application, your CV plus statements of service for most recent relevant employment. If you have been employed for less than one year full-time in most relevant employment you will need to provide a statement of service from your previous relevant employer.

Additional entry requirements

You must:

  • Provide a personal statement (PDF file, 830 KB)
  • If shortlisted, attend in-person group interview to assess your suitability for the program and interpersonal skills in a counselling context.

Application dates

  • 1 July: applications open
  • 30 September: final date to apply and provide all required supporting documentation. Applications or supporting documentation received after this date will not be considered.

Selection process

Suitable applicants are shortlisted or placed on a wait list for an interview based on their GPA and personal statement, as well as statement of service and CV if applying on the basis of an degree and 3 years relevant work experience.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in mid-October to attend the in-person group interview at the Kelvin Grove campus in late October/early November. Wait listed applicant may be interviewed in late November/early December should places remain available.

Interviewed applicants will receive notification on the outcome of their application two weeks after their interview.

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
  • Australian honours bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 4.0 on QUT's 7-point scale; or
  • 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

  • Provide a personal statement (PDF file, 830 KB). The personal statement must be included with your application.
  • If shortlisted, participate in a group interview to assess your suitability for the program and interpersonal skills in a counselling context. International students who are not currently in Australia will be invited to participate via Zoom.
 
Additional information

Entry to this course is competitive. Admission is based on course GPA (and CV if applying on the basis of an undergraduate degree and 3 years of relevant work experience), personal statement and group interview.

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. Tests must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge English Score
You must share your results with QUT through the Candidate Results Online website.
185 185 185 185 185
IELTS Academic 7 7 7 7 7
TOEFL iBT 98 24 24 27 23
Pearson PTE (Academic) 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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2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

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