Master of Counselling


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Programme Description

This Master of Counselling is a full-time programme to be completed in two years and is offered by coursework, practical component and dissertation. This is a Masters programme, which is based on the scientist/ practitioner model and has a significant practice component in it.


Placements will be organised by the counselling coordinator and will take place off campus. A total of not less than 50 hours of counselling practice and not less than 30 hours of supervision will be a course requirement. Close communication will take place between the placement and the course coordinator. Two case studies will be submitted as a course requirement (one each semester) based on client counselling on placement.


Given the practitioner nature of the programme, it is considered appropriate that the dissertation should deal with some area of counselling practice.

The work must be an original investigation into an approved topic and should contribute to the general body of counselling knowledge.

Proposals for the dissertation are to be discussed with course coordinator prior to the end of the first semester of study.

The report shall be of not less than 13,000 words in length excluding references and bibliography and not more than 15,000 words.

The research must be soundly based and use either quantitative or qualitative method.


Developmental Psychology or equivalent

Semester 1
Theories & Approaches to Counselling
Counselling Skills Revision
Experiential Group/Facilitation Skills
Research Methods
Narrative Therapy Workshop

Semester 2
Experiential Group Facilitation Skills
Counselling Couples and Families
Research Topic & Seminar Presentation
Ethical Issues in Professional Life
Trauma Counselling (Workshop)
Psychosexual Therapy (Workshop)

Semesters 3 & 4
Placement/Supervision/Case Studies*


At the end of the Master's degree students will:

  • Have built on knowledge already gained.
  • Be able to work within a variety of settings and with a variety of clients.
  • Identify and discuss links between theory, practice and personal awareness.
  • Identify, discuss and contrast basic concepts and issues in various theoretical models.
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to self-injury/suicidal behaviours.
  • Have a knowledge of research methods.
  • Have demonstrated an ability to carry out independent research.
  • Be competent in working with couples, families and in a group.
  • Have experience of not less than 50 hours counselling practice and 10 hours supervision.


Applications should be received at least one month prior to commencement. However, there are limited places available in postgraduate courses and they will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis, so early application is encouraged.

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) is one of the rising stars of Australian universities. Founded through an Act of the Parliament of Western Australia in December 1989, it now has over 700 ... Read More

The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) is one of the rising stars of Australian universities. Founded through an Act of the Parliament of Western Australia in December 1989, it now has over 7000 students enrolled on its three campuses in Fremantle, Sydney and Broome. The University’s founding partner was the University of Notre Dame in the United States (NDUS), one of the world’s great Catholic universities and the benchmark for UNDA. It has provided UNDA with inspiration; counsel; ideas and models; ‘study abroad’ students and faculty; and the presence of its leaders on its Boards and governing councils. Notre Dame Australia is an Australian university which has embraced both the modern Australian university tradition and the ancient and esteemed traditions of Catholic universities both in Europe and North America. It has sought to be a university which specialises in the excellence of undergraduate education. Its focus is the education and training of young people for entry to the major professions: medicine, law, teaching, nursing, accounting and finance, physiotherapy, counselling, health sciences and the priesthood. The University is especially noteworthy for its role as a leader in the great traditional professional disciplines of Health and Education, so long associated with the mission of the Church in Australia. It has also assumed a special role in the education of, and service to, the indigenous people of northern Australia. Notre Dame is a medium size, a private university which receives public funding in a number of areas. A significant number of students have spots in the health and education fields funded by the Australian Government. It is committed to ensuring that, as far as possible, students receive a personalised, high-quality education in a caring and friendly learning environment. About 10 percent of its student body is international. The University aims to produce ‘industry ready’ graduates who are much in demand from Australian employers. The University’s three campuses, in Fremantle, Sydney and Broome are strikingly beautiful and very convenient. They provide an ideal setting for a first-class undergraduate university experience. Read Less
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