Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MCounsPsych)

Program Code


Program Minimum Units


Standard Duration

2 Years

Program Faculty

AQF Level


Academic Year


Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


This program prepares students for a career in counselling by introducing them to the theoretical foundation and practical skills required. The program consists of core and elective coursework and combines theoretical knowledge and practical skills in counselling and psychotherapy. The clinical skills pathway has been designed to meet the training requirements for practitioners as outlined by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. In the second full-time year of the program (or equivalent) students must allow up to two and a half days each week for Counselling Placement. The research pathway provides a suitable background for students considering PhD candidacy.
Progression to the second year of the program is subject to a satisfactory review by program staff.
The Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy is an AQF Level 9 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 2 years.


Condition of Enrolment
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 may be required to obtain a certificate from their home country.

Academic Program Rules for Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

There shall be a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study with a combined total of not less than 48 units in either a Clinical Practice or Research pathway.

The Clinical Practice pathway comprises of:

  1. Core courses to the value of 39 units
  2. Elective courses to the value of 9 units

The Research pathway comprises of:

  1. Core courses to the value of 24 units
  2. Elective courses to the value of 12 units
  3. Research equivalent courses to the value of 12 units in the form of a research dissertation