Master of Counselling

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What is a Master of Counselling?

The Master of Counselling provides a postgraduate qualification that builds upon existing knowledge of interpersonal communication. It delivers key information about the importance of personal and professional self-care, trauma-informed practice and the use of telehealth services. This qualification has been designed to prepare you for a professional career in counselling, to improve current practice, or to take counselling theory into real-world settings.
A counselling master's is the highest level of counselling training available in Australia and provides a holistic environment for you to gain hands-on experience, practising your counselling skills in a professional and supervised setting. You will be equipped with a wide range of skills to enable further lifelong learning, support continued resilience and set professional boundaries to facilitate effective interpersonal communication across business, community, education and well-being settings. Work placement during your course will allow you to put your skills into practice and complement your theoretical learning.


Learning outcomes

  • Support clients with a range of issues within ethical and professional requirements.
  • Understand and apply psychosocial wellbeing to practice.
  • Deepen and broaden communication skills.
  • Apply theory and practice skills to demonstrate self-care and personal lived experience.
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ACA Recognised credentials

Our graduates qualify for membership with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Study mode
Campus locations
Course duration
1.5 years full time, 3 years part time
Start date
05 Jun 2023

This is an AQF Level 9 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

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Designed to fit in with you
With all your learning materials online, you can tailor a schedule to fit your personal needs.

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Learn from specialists in their field
Our academics understand where the industry is heading and will guide you on your learning journey.

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Tap into our knowledge
Our heritage with the Jansen Newman Institute ensures you’re learning from more than 40 years of counselling experience.
Meet our Counselling Alumni, Jacqueline Tow. She is a Child and Adolescent Neurofeedback Counsellor, practicing neurofeedback counselling with children, young people and their families.
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Career opportunities

This course has been designed to prepare you for employment in roles that require counselling and communication skills, or to progress your career in the professional domain of counselling and case management.

Potential career paths

  • Counsellor
    Average salary: $83,000 - $111,000
  • Case Manager
    Average salary: $77,000 - $109,000
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
    Average salary: $77,000 - $100,000
  • Addiction Counsellor
    Average salary: $60,000 - $66,000
Elennie Perrett
I would 100% recommend studying with Torrens University whether online or on campus it’s a university that is there for the students.
Elennie Perrett
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Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Electives


These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Advanced Therapeutic Communication | ATC401
  • Theoretical Approaches to Counselling | TAC402
  • Life Stages and Development | LSD403
  • Self Care & Developing Resilience | SDR404
  • Mental Health | MEH505
  • Digital Counselling | DGC506
  • Clinical Practice & Supervision | CPS507
  • Advanced Counselling Skills | ACS504


These three core subjects must be completed. Additionally you're required to select one elective from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Critical Literature Review | RES611 
  • Group Leadership | GRL610
  • Trauma Informed Practice | TIP611


Choose one specified or unspecified research elective in year two below.

Elective subjects

  • Positive Aging | POA612
  • Grief and Loss | GAL613
  • Coaching and Positive Psychology | CPP614
  • Social and Emotional Well-being in Australian Indigenous Populations | SEW615
  • Working with at Risk Groups and Suicidality | WRG617
  • Empowerment and Advocacy | EPA618

Industry partners and work placements

Work-Integrated Learning programs provide a valuable resource for you to develop hands-on practical experience to ensure you graduate confident and job-ready.

Work placement hours

You will complete 40 hours of supervised work placement at an external organisation.

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Entry details


Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.


Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP


If you are truly passionate about health, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of health scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the health industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

AQF Level 7 (Bachelor degree) or above in a relevant discipline.


A Bachelor's degree and complete the Torrens Work Life entry form demonstrating your interest in and suitability to gain entry to the course.

The below is an alternative option.
Work and life experience that demonstrates skills and knowledge gained through paid or unpaid employment, formal learning and/or non-formal learning (presented on a current resume with attached cover letter).

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

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