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Master of Counselling

Master Programme

Master of Counselling

Course Registration No. 212512

Part Time

Master of Counselling

The Master of Counselling program at Monash University aims to provide a skill-based training of counselling that can gear you up for counselling practice in Hong Kong. 

The program draws on contemporary theories and approaches to counselling and psychotherapy and will develop your appreciation of the mental-health issues that arise across the lifespan. You will examine the various forms of professional counselling, including online and distance counselling, child and adolescent counselling, and individual, couples and group counselling. You will also be introduced to the ethical and professional issues faced by counsellors.

While counselling skills are widely applied in areas of social work, community service, the field of counselling has also recognised as one of the core professions. Master of Counselling graduates work in a variety of fields, including careers counselling, education, child and family services, child protection services, health policy, family counselling, health services management and rehabilitation counselling.

Program Excellence

  • 100% taught by Monash University academic staff with professional experience in psychology and counselling
  • Provide suggestion on the lookout for placement centre
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for membership with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for membership with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for membership with the Singaporean Association for Counselling (SAC)

Program Details

Program Structure

4 units 6 units
  - Lifespan development and counsellor Identity^
- Counselling settings and populations^
Term 1  

Ethics for counsellors
Supervised professional practice**

Introduction to mental health issues*

Term 2 Cognitive behaviour therapies Counselling children and adolescents*
Term 3 Counselling skills for individuals, groups and couples

Ethics for counsellors
Supervised professional practice**

Term 4 Informing practice through research Cognitive behaviour therapies
Term 5   Counselling skills for individuals, groups and couples
Term 6   Advanced counselling practice

*Exemption can be given to those already have 4th year of tertiary education, 2 units will be exempted and the program can be completed in 12 months. For details, please refer to Advanced Standing section.
**While assistance will be provided, students are expected to secure their own practicum placement with counselling agencies or social service centres. Monash and Kaplan Higher Education have ongoing associations in the local market in this respect and will assist as necessary. The cost of on-site or individual practicum supervision is negotiable between students and their supervisors, and be borne and paid directly by students to their supervisors.
^Subject to applicants' prior qualification, exemptions may be granted to certain units. 

Can be completed in 12 - 18 months

Medium of Instruction

Teaching Mode

  • 20 contact hours per unit
  • 100% taught by Monash academic staff with professional experience in psychology and counselling

Assessment Method
Each unit will be formally assessed by reports, essays, and/ or case studies


CRICOS Provider: 00008C

It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.


Program Start Date
No longer accepting new applications until further notice. Programmes with similar subjects are available. Enquire Now

Entry Requirement

Credit / Advanced Standing
Students are expected to undertake all 6 units in the programme content unless granted credit / advanced standing by the University.  Applicants may be eligible for exemption of the first 2 units of the program based on additional approved academic qualifications and/or recognition of prior learning

  • Relevant Academic Work 
    Successful completion of a minimum of an approved relevant 4th-year qualification
  • Relevant Non-Academic Work
    Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements PLUS can provide evidence of a minimum of 2 years full-time relevant work experience

To apply for credit / advanced standing, please visit the Monash Application Forms website and download, complete and submit the credit form.

Programme Fee

Application Fee
HK$ 1,000
Registration Fee
(Pay upon successful application & non-refundable)
HK$ 2,000
Total: HK$ 3,000
  4 Units
Advanced Standing#
6 Units
1st instalment AU$ 5,590 AU$ 5,590
2nd instalment AU$ 5,590 AU$ 5,590
3rd instalment AU$ 5,590 AU$ 5,590
4th instalment AU$ 5,590 AU$ 5,590
5th instalment - AU$ 5,590
6th instalment - AU$ 5,590
Total: AU$ 22,360 AU$ 33,540

Candidates who do not comply with the fee schedule will not be permitted to proceed with the programme. 

# For details of the advanced standing entry, please refer to the Advanced Standing section. 
This programme is eligible to apply for Extended Non-Means-Tested Loan Scheme (ENLS).

Refund Policy

  • The program allows for full refund of installment fee if withdrawal notice is received in writing by the Monash University via Kaplan Higher Education (HK) Limited prior to the start of each of the terms.  There will be no refund of installment fee if withdrawal notice is received after the start of each of the terms.  All fees paid less application fee will be refunded if the course is withdrawn or not offered
  • On premature cessation of the course, all fees and charges that have been collected in respect of any part of the course failing to be conducted on or after the date of the cessation will be refunded within 1 month of the premature cessation
  • In case of hardship and deferral (students are required to complete the course within the maximum length of 48 months) cases, the University will consider the refund arrangement on an individual and case-by-case basis
  • Students will not need to pay for the exempted units (i.e. modules)

Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition

1. Graduates can be admitted as a registered counsellor at Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
2. Graduates can be admitted as a registered counsellor at Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

3. Graduates can apply for the membership at Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)


Monash University was established in Melbourne, Australia in 1958 and is one of Australia's largest and most dynamic universities. Its research is internationally recognised, its faculties are acclaimed for teaching excellence throughout Australia, and its graduates hold prestigious positions worldwide in industry, commerce and education. 

With over 70,000 students (and 250,000 alumni) from over 170 countries, we are today Australia's largest university. Monash offers a breadth and depth of courses that are unique. Monash University's vision is defined by 3 themes: Innovation, Engagement, and Internationalisation. 

University Excellence

  • A member of Group of Eight – Australia’s Leading Universities
  • In the top 1% of world universities - Ranked 55th in the world 
    (QS World University Rankings 2021)
  • In the top 1% of world universities - Ranked 75th in the world
    (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020)
  • Ranked 12th in the category of education in the world
    (QS World University Rankings 2020)

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Graduate Sharing

“Monash University - Master in Counselling programme was interesting and informative with a view to putting psychological theories into practice effectively. It was an excellent experience to share thoughts and views with professional working in educational environment."

So Shiu Yuen, Anthony

“Monash University - Master in Counselling programme is a well-structured programme. The programme coordinator & lecturers are extremely professional and knowledgeable. The course is suitable to anyone from different field. While we learn on understanding & helping others, it also enables us to know ourselves better. I would strongly recommend this course to people who are keen to improve themselves."

Ip Chui Shan, Miranda

“I think the Monash Master in Counselling is a really good platform for students to start their counselling profession. The part time mode is a very flexible schedule for students who are working full time. So far, all the students at Kaplan in my placement centre are very positive. We’re both at a learning curve to understand each other, but I feel that they are very professional and dedicated students which I truly admire!"


Alison Mackay
Assistant Manager
Christian Action Chungking Mansions Service Centre
Monash Master in Counselling programme placement representative

“The program is very international, in a sense that the overall teaching content has an international scope that enlarges my visions. The lecturers are very well experienced in their field. I feel that the program inspired me to have more interest in counselling and it has helped me to open up more opportunities ahead. The overall time schedule of the program suits very well to my work, as I’m in the Hospital Authority practicing as a nurse, I really need a program that truly suits my busy time schedule.

I have studied in previous universities with my bachelor studies, but none of them has a program management team like Kaplan does. They help me to communicate with the university and also keep me at pace to my studies. All in all, I really appreciate everything that Kaplan has done for me during my period of study. Thank you!"

Leung Chung Hing, Intake 20
Advanced Practice Nurse (Psychogeriatric Services)
Hospital Authority

Program Management

Our programs are strictly complying with the regulatory requirements of Hong Kong Education Bureau. We are actively working with our partner universities to deliver high quality programs which can be integrated into student’s practical needs. Apart from the lecturers who come from our partner universities, our international associates are highly-qualified with relevant academic qualifications, practical and teaching experiences.

Conductive study environment, thoughtful program management and administrative services are the key promises which Kaplan Higher Education is proud to deliver. Our Program Management Team assigns dedicated program manager for each program as the bridge between students and universities.

Christiane Zeh Kuhl

Christiane Zeh Kuhl

Mindfulness Based Counsellor,

Mindful Marcel

Master of Counselling | 2018 Graduate

The course provided me with a clear framework which helped me confidently establish professional and healthy boundaries with my clients.

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