Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Edith Cowan University ECU

The course includes theoretical study, experiential-based skill development and self-reflective clinical practice in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy. The overall theoretical orientation of this coursework Masters is psychoanalytic and to a lesser extent systemic. In the final year of study, students can hone their clinical skills in a year-long fieldwork placement, or as an alternative to the fieldwork placement, students with relevant previous experience may apply to complete a research project.

Course Fee:

Australian: $19,682
International: $93,340

Entry Requirements:

University admission requirements apply. All applicants are required to have a three year degree from a recognised university, and attend an interview. Applicants will be asked to provide a written application and attend an interview if they are short-listed. Preference will be given to applicants with at least two years full-time (or equivalent) experience in a formal counselling role. It is desirable that all applicants have a three-year degree from a recognised university, in an area such as social work, psychology, medicine, occupational therapy, nursing, theology or human services.


16 Units; 240 Credit Points.

Subjects you can Study:

Principles of psychodynamic practice; Psychodynamic theories of counselling; Couples and family therapy; Individual psychotherapy; Object relations and attachment theory; Personal issues in counselling; Psychodynamic theories of couples and family therapy

Study Pathways:

Further studies: Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated): Students interested in completing a PhD in Counselling & Psychotherapy should consider the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated).

Further information:

Cross-Campus Attendance: Students are required to attend classes on both campuses to complete the course.


Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) have accredited this course. The panel recommends that the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Clinical Strand) be professionally accredited for a period of 7 years. This does not include the research focused Masters strand. Students wishing to pursue a PACFA professionally accredited course must complete the field placement and group supervision subjects in the Clinical strand.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00279B

Related Careers:

Counsellor, Psychotherapist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Joondalup No info No Full time 2 years
Mount Lawley No info No Part time 4 years
Mount Lawley No info No Full time 2 years
Joondalup No info No Part time 4 years

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