Master of Psychotherapy and Counselling

Western Sydney University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00917K; 02851G (WS, The College)

The Master of Psychotherapy and Counselling is a cross-disciplinary pathway into a career in helping people in distress. In counselling and psychotherapy, clients gain self-understanding, expand interpersonal capacities and become more able to change through a dedicated helping relationship. This course focuses on the process of creating of a therapeutic environment for clients and on cultivating the high levels of skill, sensitivity, self-knowledge and ethical conduct required of the counselling and psychotherapy professional. Theories and approaches are taught and critically examined in the light of their contribution to a contemporary relational understanding and practice of counselling and psychotherapy. A research component introduces students to the systematic study of the counselling experience from a variety of methodological perspectives. This course is open to graduates in any discipline who can demonstrate the personal and reflective qualities required for this demanding profession.


160 credit points


  • Psychotherapy and counselling

Standard entry requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or higher in any discipline
  • And submission of a Statement of Intent and CV detailing voluntary and paid work, relevant life experiences, education and training, and interests, to the satisfaction of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology
  • And achieving an interview score of 70% or above in a group applicant interview, or achievement of a GPA of 5.5 (high credit) or above in the University's Graduate Diploma in Counselling. Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the UAC.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Parramatta International: $56,196 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

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