Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

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.



Note: 
This degree is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required.  If you are a continuing student in the degree and are unable to attend campus, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.


  • 16% industry growth predicted by 2025^
  • Learn from experienced counsellors
  • Develop practical counselling skills

^Imip.gov.au Occupation Projection

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM146
Deferment Yes - 2 year
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.

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM146

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $29,000

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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. 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

Mental Health Worker, Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Therapist, Community Services Officer

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.

Testimonial

This degree will flip you off your axis and reconfigure you in the best way possible.

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Last updated: Friday, 22 Oct 2021