Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

The University Of Adelaide

Program Overview

Towards wellbeing

Counsellors support others in exploring and overcoming emotional, mental and lifestyle issues. Counselling is a rewarding career choice for students who want to develop personal wisdom and transform the lives of others.

What will you do?

Our Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy supports the development of ethically aware, research-informed and clinically effective counsellors. You will:

  • learn from academics with extensive professional counselling experience
  • build hands-on skills through experiential learning
  • benefit from case-based learning in small group workshops
  • gain a core understanding of CBT, grief, attachment theory and ethical practice.

From second year you’ll begin tailoring your studies to your personal interests, eventually choosing between a clinical or research pathway.

Where could it take you?

You could support young people in your community through roles and programs in schools or youth work. You might run a private practice or conduct group therapy at a centre. Perhaps you’ll be a relationship or return-to-work counsellor.

Our clinical pathway graduates can register as an intern with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and, after further clinical experience, apply for full registration.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 40,000



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Year 1

  • PUB HLTH 5007 Attachment across the Lifespan    
  • PUB HLTH 5005 Counselling Skills 1    
  • PUB HLTH 5008 Counselling and Psychotherapy Theories  
  • PUB HLTH 7078 Qualitative Research Methods in Health
  • PUB HLTH 7003 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy    
  • PUB HLTH 5006 Ethics in the Workplace    
  • PUB HLTH 6018 Counselling Skills 2    
  • PUB HLTH 6021 Nature of Grief

Year 2

  • PUB HLTH 7020A Counselling Placement 1A    
  • PUB HLTH 7005 Narrative Approaches to Counselling    
  • PUB HLTH 7010 Mindfulness-based Counselling Applications    
  • PUB HLTH 7021 Hypnosis
  • PUB HLTH 7020B Counselling Placement 1B    
  • PUB HLTH 6019 Overview of Mental Health    
  • PUB HLTH 7013 Family and Relationship Counselling
  • PUB HLTH 7024 Counselling of Children and Adolescents

Additional Entry Requirements    

Quotas apply. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be ranked according to a standardised interview assessment process and the University will offer places in order of rank.

All applicants must provide the following additional information:

  • a resume that includes academic transcripts (this must be uploaded as part of the SATAC application).
  • attend an interview (by phone or skype)

English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide    

Overall 7   

Overall 94

Tertiary Qualifications    

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent

Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)    

International student place:

Potential careers

Mental Health Worker, Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Therapist, Community Services Officer

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