Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Edith Cowan University
Edith Cowan University
  • Awarded by

    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)

  • Qualification

    Master's Degree + Postgraduate Unit

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    FEE-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    2 years full-time; 4 years part-time

  • Start Date

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Location

    WA

  • Career Outcomes

    Counsellor | Psychotherapist | Therapist

Last modified: 01 Nov 2018

In a Nutshell

If you're pursuing a career in professional counselling, and want to give yourself a competitive edge by advancing your skills and development, a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy from Edith Cowan University is the ultimate postgraduate course for you.

This coursework degree combines theoretical study with experiential-based skill development and self-reflective clinical practice. You'll cover core subjects such as couples and family therapy, group psychotherapy, and the theories and principles of psychodynamic practice. You'll also have the option of completing a year-long fieldwork placement or applying to complete a research project.

Studying at ECU's Joondalup campus, you'll complete two years of full-time study (or four years part-time), graduating with the advanced skills and hands-on experience you need to pursue your dream career in counselling or psychotherapy.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

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    To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:   

    • Have a three-year degree from a recognised university in an area such as social work, psychology, medicine, occupational therapy, nursing, theology or human services; AND
    • Provide a written application and attend an interview; AND
    • Demonstrate English language competency.
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  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this counselling course, the subjects you may study include:

    • Principles of Psychodynamic Practice 
    • Psychodynamic Theories of Counselling 
    • Couples and Family Therapy 
    • Individual Psychotherapy Practice 1
    • Individual Psychotherapy Practice 2 
    • Object Relations and Attachment Theory 
    • Personal Issues in Counselling 
    • Psychodynamic Theories of Couples and Family Therapy
    • Couples and Family Therapy Practice 1 
    • Couples and Family Therapy Practice 2 
    • Group Supervision 1 
    • Field Placement 1
    • Field Placement 2 
    • Group Psychotherapy 
    • Group Supervision 2
    • Psychotherapy Research 
    • Counselling Research: Project Preparation
    • Counselling Research Project 
    • Counselling Research Project Report
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  • Why Edith Cowan University?

    Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.


    ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.


    From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

    Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

    When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy from Edith Cowan University.

Graduates who complete the Clinical strand of the degree are eligible for professional accreditation with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Graduates are prepared to pursue professional counselling and psychotherapy careers in a number of different areas, including relationship/family/school/return-to-work counselling, youth work, group therapy and private practice.

Students may also choose to pursue further study with a Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated).

Wondering where a career in counselling could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Bereavement Counsellor, Relationship Counsellor, Family Counsellor, School Counsellor, Rehabilitation Counsellor, Youth Worker, Community or Welfare Worker.

Let's Talk Price

Students may pay for this course upfront or apply for a government FEE-HELP loan to cover all or part of their fees (eligibility criteria applies).

Scholarships and ECU Student Loans are also available to eligible students.

FEE-HELP

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:   

  • Have a three-year degree from a recognised university in an area such as social work, psychology, medicine, occupational therapy, nursing, theology or human services; AND
  • Provide a written application and attend an interview; AND
  • Demonstrate English language competency.

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