Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

The University of Adelaide

The Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy provides a professional qualification for people who wish to become ethically aware, research-informed and clinically effective counsellors. The degree offers students the chance to develop the personal and professional wisdom that will help them to transform the lives of others and enjoy a rewarding career in counselling. The degree delivers a current theoretical foundation and the opportunity to develop practical skills through hands-on experiential learning. Courses reflect the latest developments in the field, and students are taught by academics with extensive experience working as professional counsellors. Students participate in small group workshops to practise and improve key skills through case-based learning. Students gain a core understanding of CBT, grief, attachment theory and ethical practice in the first year, and in second year can tailor their studies to their interests via a range of electives and by choosing to undertake either a clinical or research pathway. Upon graduating, students will be prepared to help individuals, couples, families, and communities explore emotional, mental and lifestyle issues in a broad range of areas including youth work, relationship counselling, group therapy, school counselling, return-to-work counselling and private practice. Graduates of the clinical pathway can register as an intern with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and after further clinical experience can apply for full registration. Graduates of the research pathway are prepared for PhD study.

Course Fee:

Australian: $50,000
International: $69,000

Entry Requirements:

Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, plus CV/resume and a 500 word statement outlining motivation for undertaking the program, plus interview


Students complete 7 core courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy and may choose from the following options. Option 1: Clinical practice pathway: Students complete 5 prescribed courses in this option and 2 elective courses in thematic areas in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Option 2: Research pathway: Students complete 3 prescribed courses in this option, 2 elective courses in thematic areas in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a research thesis in Counselling and Psychotherapy of no longer than 12,000 words.

Subjects you can Study:

Counselling and psychotherapy

Further information:

Students undertaking the clinical practice pathway are required to allow up to two and a half days each week for counselling placements. Placements provide students with supervised practical experience in counselling and psychotherapy.


Graduates are able to apply for registration with the Counselling Association of South Australia, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and can be listed with the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00123M

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

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