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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Master of Counselling Studies

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Part II


1. Admission to the Master of Counselling Studies requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified;


(b) have been awarded or qualified for either:

(i) the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Counselling and Guidance); or

(ii) the Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation (Rehabilitation Counselling); or

(iii) an approved equivalent qualification; and:

(c) have achieved at least a B grade average across all courses in the qualifying programme of study;


(d) have satisfied the Academic Board that they have sufficient background of professional experience to be likely to successfully engage in the programme.

2. Admission to the qualification will be granted or withheld on consideration of the admission requirements specified under Regulation 1, a police vetting report and a selection process that may include a written application, interview, and practical exercises as may be determined by the College Pro Vice-Chancellor or their delegate.

Qualification Requirements

3. Candidates for the Master of Counselling Studies shall follow a fixed programme of study, which shall consist of:

(a) courses totalling at least 120 credits as specified in the Schedule to the degree.

(b) attending workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required;

(c) completion of supervised practice as specified in the requirements for the Professional Development in Counselling I and Professional Development in Counselling II courses.


4. There are no specialisations for this degree.

Academic Requirements

5. The degree shall be awarded on the basis of the whole examination which shall include the evaluation of the separate courses and of the research project, with the proviso that all components shall be at least of pass standard.

6. A candidate may be permitted to revise an unsatisfactory Research Project and to resubmit it for assessment on one occasion.

Student Progression

7. The Master of Counselling Studies is not awarded with honours, distinction or merit.

Completion Requirements

8. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.

9. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

10. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Schedule for the Master of Counselling Studies

Compulsory courses (120 credits from)

253.761 Professional Development in Counselling I 45 credits
R 209751

253.762 Professional Development in Counselling II 30 credits
P 253761 R 209752

253.800 Research Project in Counselling 45 credits
P 267782 and 267783 or an approved research methods course or courses R 209758 or 253758