Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleMCounselling
CRICOS code065140F
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton, Hong Kong, Singapore)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This unit requires compulsory attendance at a three-day (20-hour) residential school on the Clayton campus for those students enrolled at Clayton via off-campus mode only.


This innovative course has been designed in response to the growing market demand for counselling knowledge and skills from professional people working in a range of education, community and service-related industries. The course is particularly suited to professional people with jobs in counselling in the human resources, health, social welfare and education industries, who wish to obtain a professional qualification in counselling.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge about major approaches to counselling
  • apply the skills developed in counselling practice immediately in the workplace
  • understand the ethical and professional issues in undertaking counselling as a profession.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and is recognised by the Singapore Association for Counselling. Graduates are eligible to apply for full membership and/or the status of a registered counsellor in the Asian Professional Counselling Association (APCA) and for membership with the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association.


This course consists of six 12-point coursework units.


Students must complete:

  • EDF6530 Introduction to counselling across the lifespan
  • EDF6531 Counselling for the professions
  • EDF6532 Assessment in counselling
  • EDF6533 Cognitive-behavioural approaches to crucial issues in living
  • EDF6540 Ethics in counselling
  • EDF6541 Field experience in counselling

Alternative exit(s)

Students who choose not to complete the full program can exit with a Graduate Certificate in Counselling after successfully completing two units.


Master in Counselling