Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Edith Cowan University ECU

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00279B

The course includes theoretical study, experiential-based skill development and self-reflective clinical practice in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy. The overall theoretical orientation of this coursework Masters is psychoanalytic and to a lesser extent systemic. In the final year of study, students can hone their clinical skills in a year-long fieldwork placement, or as an alternative to the fieldwork placement, students with relevant previous experience may apply to complete a research project.


  • 16 Units
  • 240 Credit Points.


  • Principles of psychodynamic practice
  • Psychodynamic theories of counselling
  • Couples and family therapy
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Object relations and attachment theory
  • Personal issues in counselling
  • Psychodynamic theories of couples and family therapy

Standard entry requirements

University admission requirements apply. All applicants are required to have a three year degree from a recognised university, and attend an interview. Applicants will be asked to provide a written application and attend an interview if they are short-listed. Preference will be given to applicants with at least two years full-time (or equivalent) experience in a formal counselling role. It is desirable that all applicants 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.


Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) have accredited this course. The panel recommends that the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Clinical Strand) be professionally accredited for a period of 7 years. This does not include the research focused Masters strand. Students wishing to pursue a PACFA professionally accredited course must complete the field placement and group supervision subjects in the Clinical strand.

Study pathways

Further studies: Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated): Students interested in completing a PhD in Counselling & Psychotherapy should consider the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated).

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Joondalup Domestic: $19,682
International: $93,340
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Mount Lawley Domestic: $19,682
International: $93,340
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Further information

Cross-Campus Attendance: Students are required to attend classes on both campuses to complete the course.

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