Master of Counselling (Advanced)

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What is a Master of Counselling (Advanced)?

The Master of Counselling (Advanced) prepares you for a career that leverages counselling and coaching skills in a range of settings. Through a range of theoretical and practical skills, this course further develops your capability in providing counselling and support to various demographics across life stages.

You will be equipped to enable further lifelong learning, support continued resilience and professional boundaries, while facilitating effective interpersonal communication across business, community, education and wellbeing settings. This accredited master's degree 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. This degree has also been designed to accommodate study requirements for international students.


Learning outcomes

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

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

Study mode
Campus locations
Course duration
2 years full time, 4 years part time
Start date
19 Feb 2024
3 June 2024
16 Sep 2024
Fees & scholarships

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

*For more details on international student study options.

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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 counselling experts
Our counselling academics understand where the mental health industry is heading and will guide you on your learning journey.

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40+ years of counselling experience
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 a role which leverages counselling and communication skills. Graduates of this course will progress their careers in the professional domain of counselling and case management.

Potential career paths

  • Counsellor
    Average salary: $84,444 - $115,420
  • Case Manager
    Average salary: $78,610 - $114,408
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
    Average salary: $79,673 - $100,000
  • Addiction Counsellor
    Average salary: $51,675 - $58,011
Samantha Straham
What I’ve enjoyed most about this degree is the sense of being looked after while studying, I’ve felt so supported through the course and loved the ability to collaborate and join in.
Samantha Strahan
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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. Three subjects include a compulsory attendance requirement and one subjects includes compulsory attendance at work integrated learning placements.

  • 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 five electives from the electives tab. 

Core subjects

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


Choose five specified or unspecified electives subjects below in year two.

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 and Practicum Experiences are embedded throughout the course and are incorporated into theory subjects. Work placements and 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

As part of your course, you’ll have the chance to undertake 40 hours of work placement in the form of supervised clinical practice either in our Sydney Clinic - The Practice Wellbeing Centre (which offers low-cost counselling services to the public) and/or in selected outplacements through external organisations. This placement occur within one subject (CPS507). You will be required to complete at least 120 hours of experiential practical skills training at the campus-based Practical Intensive Workshops that are spread over two subjects (TAC402, ACS504A), with one further online Practical Intensive Workshop within once subject (TIP611).

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.

Australian bachelor's degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent, OR
Australian bachelor's degree or equivalent in a non-related field of study and the completion of the Torrens University Work Life Entry Form and successful completion of the Torrens University Graduate Certificate in Counselling.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. 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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