Master of Counselling

Provided by Kaplan Higher Education Academy


Awarded by Monash University

Course introduction


Monash is a member of the Group of Eight, an alliance of 8 leading Australian universities. Group of Eight universities produce graduates who find full-time employment sooner, begin on higher salaries, and are morelikely to move onto postgraduate studies than graduates from other Australian universities. Monash takes its reputation seriously and has achieved an enviable national and international reputation for research and teaching experience.

But while rankings are important, Monash cares as much about your individual experience as they do about their position on the blobal scale. Leaders from he world’s most successful companies consistantly rate Monash as a preferred university from which to hire gradutes. Global Employability Rankings, 2011 – 2014, New York Times.

Graduation and Degree
Students who successfully complete and pass the modules stipulated in the course structure will be awarded the Master of Counselling from Monash University.

The degree awards will be the same as that awarded to the on-campus graduates.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

The Master of Counselling in the Faculty of Education is a skill-based course suited to those with an interest in counselling. It is taught by academics with extensive experience working as professional counsellors/psychologists. It can be completed in 12 months, 18 months or 24 months as part time study depending on the level of entry.

The Master of Counselling provides a professional qualification and offers authentic counselling experience. It is suitable for people from a variety of professions such as human resources, health, social welfare and education.

An integral component of the course is 300 hours of professional placement, which includes contact and non-contact hours. Non-contact hours include any counselling-related duties associated with the placement centre that do not involve counselling clients. Examples include: administrative duties, observation of groups or activities, writing case notes, research into a particular case or attending meetings. Contact hours include client counselling or discussions about case managers, teachers, social workers and/or family members.

Career opportunities

Graduates work in a variety of fields including careers counselling, education, child and family services, child protection services, child psychology, health policy, counselling, family counselling, health services management, and rehabilitation counselling.
Monash University helps students connect with employers, find jobs and explore career options. 

Course Structure

This course consists of eight 12-point coursework units plus one 0-point professional experience unit. 

Students must complete:

EDF 4530  Lifespan Development and Counsellor Identity
EDF 4531  Professional Practice in Counselling
EDF 4532  Introduction to Mental Health Issues
EDF 4533  Counselling Children and Adolescents
EDF 5530  Counselling Skills for Individuals, Couples and Groups
EDF 5531  Cognitive Behaviour Therapies
EDF 5532  Ethics for Counsellors
EDF 5533  Advanced Counselling Practice
EDF 5534  Supervised Professional Counselling Practice (0 points)

Supervised Professional Counselling Practice is a field placement (practicum) that develops a range of professional skills and acquaints students with issues of professional ethics and practice in counselling. Students are required to complete 300 placement hours in total, of which 100 hours are 'contact' hours (face-to-face counselling) and 200 hours are 'non-contact' (e.g. observation). Students are also required to participate in weekly online discussion groups and postings throughout the duration of the placement.

Entry Requirements

At a minimum, applicants must have successfully completed a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent qualification with a credit average.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who have successfully completed one of the following will be admitted with some credit:

  • a recognised cognate bachelor degree or equivalent qualification with a credit average.
  • a recognised non-cognate bachelor degree with a credit average together with 2 or more years of full-time relevant informal learning.
  • a recognised honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters qualification
Advance standing entry is available up to final year Master program.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Delivery Method

Each term is a 3-month period covering 1 course of study. Each unit consists of 20 contact hours and will be conducted on week 4 or week 5 of the term, from Thursday till Sunday, after office hours in the evenings and/or over the weekends/public holidays. Professional experience intervention and support policy.

Assessment Methods

100% course work

Fees & Funding

Tuition Fees

  • $22,684.00 per academic year (Per academic year refers to 12 months, including 4 units)
  • The program can be normally completed in a minimum of 1 academic year.
  • Receive $400 referral bursary when you recommend your friend to join our master degree course. T&Cs apply.
Education Loan
Education loans are available, subject to meeting the bank's loan requirements. 
Amex 0% interest on instalment payment effective 1st June 2017 (for instalments ranging 6 - 24 months)

Non-tuition fees
Non-refundable application fees are as follows:
  • Application fee: SGD 181.90
All prices are inclusive of 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST). Please refer to the official price list for a detailed breakdown.

*Note: All fees are subjected to change annually. The fees above have been updated and are accurate as of 18 Jan 2016. For more information about the programme, please contact our course consultant.