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.


This course leads to careers in:

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


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(external link)).

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

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


Part-time Option

48 credit points of Research studies.

Learning Outcomes

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 work 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 the professional practice.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline.
Suitability for the profession of counselling as determined at an interview.
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 1, 2019
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