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Start date:
25 February 2019
Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Overview

Develop an understanding of the theory and practice of counselling with the Master of Counselling at VU.

You'll gain experience in adult, child and adolescent counselling, focusing your learning on:

  • counselling and psychological theory
  • counselling interventions and psychological therapies (for adults, children, adolescents and families)
  • practical skills through industry-based learning and placement.

Accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the Master of Counselling covers:

  • insights into a range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, loss and addictions
  • an understanding of the ethics of counselling
  • the completion of a practice-based minor thesis.

Please note: this is not a psychology course accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.

The Master of Counselling involves placements in professional settings. One of VU’s greatest strengths as a university is our links with industry and we have over 4,000 industry connections university-wide.

This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), Australia's largest single registration body for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

Careers in counselling

This course leads to careers in:

  • counselling
  • family support
  • multicultural services
  • community work
  • school counselling
  • welfare services
  • palliative care
  • refugee services
  • youth work.

Salaries

Employment for counsellors in Australia rose strongly over the last five years and is expected to grow very strongly until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook).

The average annual earnings of a counsellor is $59,956 (Job Outlook).

Course structure

To attain the Master of Counselling students will be required to complete 192 credit points in total consisting of the following:

  • 132 credit points of Core studies; and

  • 12 credit points of Elective studies; plus

Full-time Option

48 credit points of Research studies

OR

Part-time Option

48 credit points  of Research studies.

Year 1

Plus

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) of the following Elective list below

Electives:

Year 2

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review the theoretical knowledge of counselling theory and its application;  
  2. Exhibit an awareness of psychological theory relevant to their workplace and interests;  
  3. Appraise and articulate of the range of counselling interventions and psychological therapies offered by helping professions;  
  4. Develop a proposal using appropriate research methods deploying critical reading within the counselling literature; and  
  5. Further develop an applied knowledge of professional practice.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline.
AND
Suitability for the profession of counselling as determined at an interview.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

Additional information

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

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply direct to VU

Apply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.

Direct applications are due on 18 November 2018 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

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