Master of Counselling

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Course essentials

This information is for Australian residents. View the international version of this course

The Master of Counselling will extend your expertise in counselling theory and practice through:

  • psychological theory relevant to your workplace and interests
  • counselling interventions and psychological therapies
  • practical skills through industry-based learning and placement

You can specialise in one of two streams:

  • adult
  • child and adolescent

If you are applying for a Graduate program in Counselling at VU, you must complete a Referee Report

Please note this is not an Australian Psychological Society (APS) accredited course.


Graduates find employment in human services fields such as:

  • multicultural services
  • counselling
  • family support
  • community work
  • refugee services
  • youth work

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

The specific objectives of the course are to:

  • further develop knowledge of counselling theory and its application;
  • expand the students' knowledge and awareness of psychological theory relevant to their workplace and interests;
  • develop a deeper understanding of the range of counselling interventions and psychological therapies offered by helping professions;
  • develop understanding of counselling research methods and a corresponding ability to read critically within the counselling literature; and
  • further develop an applied knowledge of professional practice.
    At the conclusion of the course, students should be:
  • conversant with theoretical underpinnings of counselling intervention;
  • able to engage with the counselling literature relevant to their area of work and interest;
  • aware of the variety of professions in the field and their contributions;
  • able to place counselling aspects of their own work within a theoretical framework; and
  • able to put their own counselling work in context both within the professional field and within their own agency, and able to work more effectively as a counsellor in the health field.

Units and electives

The course may be taken on a full-time basis over two years following a bachelors degree, or part-time over two years following a fourth year in counselling.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2


Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

*Students may select an elective unit from the list below:

Admission information

  • Mature: The admission requirement is a three year first degree. Applicants with relevant work, education and/or counselling experience may be considered on the basis of equivalence. Applicants must be able to provide academic and professional references and may be required to attend a selection interview and provide samples of their work.

How to apply for this course

Applications have closed for this course.

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