Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM146
CRICOS 091225G

Towards wellbeing

Counsellors support others in exploring and overcoming emotional, mental and lifestyle issues. Counselling is a rewarding career choice for students who want to develop personal wisdom and transform the lives of others.

What will you do?

Our Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy supports the development of ethically aware, research-informed and clinically effective counsellors. You will:

  • learn from academics with extensive professional counselling experience
  • build hands-on skills through experiential learning
  • benefit from case-based learning in small group workshops
  • gain a core understanding of CBT, grief, attachment theory and ethical practice.

From second year you’ll begin tailoring your studies to your personal interests, eventually choosing between a clinical or research pathway.

Where could it take you?

You could support young people in your community through roles and programs in schools or youth work. You might run a private practice or conduct group therapy at a centre. Perhaps you’ll be a relationship or return-to-work counsellor.

Our clinical pathway graduates can register as an intern with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and, after further clinical experience, apply for full registration.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM146
    Intake February
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Additional Entry Requirements
    Quotas apply. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be ranked according to a standardised interview assessment process and the University will offer places in order of rank. All applicants must provide the following additional information: - a resume that includes academic transcripts (this must be uploaded as part of the SATAC application). - attend an interview. Criminal History Clearance: Students who undertake clinical placements, internships or research projects involving children or people who are ill, elderly or vulnerable are now required to demonstrate clearance by producing a criminal history check, obtained through a Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) check. International students are required to obtain a certificate from their home country.
    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM146

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 091225G
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Quotas apply. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be ranked according to a standardised interview assessment process and the University will offer places in order of rank.

    All applicants must provide the following additional information: * a resume that includes academic transcripts.(this must be uploaded as part of your application) * attend an interview (by phone or skype)

    Criminal History Clearance: Students who undertake clinical placements, internships or research projects involving children or people who are ill, elderly or vulnerable are now required to demonstrate clearance by producing a criminal history check, obtained through a Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) check. International students are required to obtain a certificate from their home country.


    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $26,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $36,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates of the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy are prepared for a wide variety of roles in broad range of areas including youth work, relationship counselling, group therapy, school counselling, return-to-work counselling and private practice.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Students undertaking the clinical practice pathway are required to allow up to two days each week for counselling placements. Placements provide students with supervised practical experience in counselling and psychotherapy.

    Professional Accreditation

    The clinical pathway of the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy has been designed to meet the training requirements for counselling practitioners as outlined by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). This enables graduates to apply for registration with the Counselling Association of South Australia and PACFA, and to be listed with the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).

    Potential careers

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Therapist

  • Degree Structure

    Compulsory courses:

    The Second Year of the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy starts during the Summer School period (January – February).

    An elective in the Second Year of the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy is offered during the Winter School period (June – July).

    As part of the accreditation for our Masters program with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), students are required to attend all classes/seminars.


    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    To qualify for the degree of Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the student must satisfactorily complete a program of study in either the Clinical Practice pathway or the Research pathway.
    Clinical Pathway indicative study plan
    Year1 S1 PUB HLTH 5007 Attachment across the Lifespan PUB HLTH 5005 Counselling Skills 1 PUB HLTH 5008 Counselling and Psychotherapy Theories PUB HLTH 7078 Qualitative Research Methods in Health
    S2 PUB HLTH 7003 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy PUB HLTH 5006 Ethics in the Workplace PUB HLTH 6018 Counselling Skills 2 PUB HLTH 6021 Nature of Grief
    Year2 S1 PUB HLTH 7020A Counselling Placement 1A PUB HLTH 7005 Narrative Approaches to Counselling PUB HLTH 7010 Mindfulness-based Counselling Applications PUB HLTH 7021 Hypnosis
    S2 PUB HLTH 7020B Counselling Placement 1B PUB HLTH 6019 Overview of Mental Health PUB HLTH 7013 Family and Relationship
    Counselling

    PUB HLTH 7024 Counselling of Children and Adolescents

    Research Pathway indicative study plan
    Year1 S1 PUB HLTH 5007 Attachment across the Lifespan PUB HLTH 5005 Counselling Skills 1 PUB HLTH 5008 Counselling and Psychotherapy Theories PUB HLTH 7078 Qualitative Research Methods in Health
    S2 PUB HLTH 5006 Ethics in the Workplace PUB HLTH 6018 Counselling Skills 2 PUB HLTH 6021 Nature of Grief PUB HLTH 7003 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
    Year2 S1 PUB HLTH 7011 Research Thesis PUB HLTH 7011 Research Thesis PUB HLTH 7300OL Developing a Research Proposal PUB HLTH 7019 Expressive Therapies
    S2 PUB HLTH 7011 Research Thesis PUB HLTH 7011 Research Thesis PUB HLTH 7010 Mindfulness-based Counselling Applications PUB HLTH 7013 Family and Relationship Counselling

    Assessment

    Case reports, presentations, quizzes and written assignments and may include counselling placements or a research thesis.

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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Aug 2019