Graduates will gain advanced psychotherapeutic skills and competencies necessary for registration and practice in counselling psychology. The PhD qualification will also allow graduates to work as academics in tertiary settings.
Graduates qualify for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), meet the academic requirements for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and meet most requirements for membership of the College of Counselling Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society.
This program is accredited by Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
From 1 July 2014 the Psychology Board of Australia requires applicants for general registration to sit the National Psychology Examination. Applicants for general registration who have completed an APAC- accredited Masters, Doctorate or combined Masters/PhD are exempt from sitting the examination until 30 June 2016.
Monash values research as one of its core responsibilities and is committed to supporting students who wish to enter the field of educational research. This program combines the coursework and practicum requirements of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited Master of Psychology (Counselling) degree with the thesis requirements of the PhD program.
Only students currently enrolled in the Master of Psychology (Counselling) at Monash University can apply for the combined PhD program. Students must achieve specific requirements in that program before they will be invited to apply for the Master of Psychology (Counselling)/PhD.
Students begin by undertaking coursework units of the Master of Psychology (Counselling) degree (at least one unit of which involves a research project), while also preparing their research proposal for the PhD. Continuation to the PhD program is granted if performance on all components meets the required academic standard.
Graduates will gain advanced psychotherapeutic skills and competencies necessary for registration and practice in counselling psychology, and in addition, complete an applied research thesis of between 80,000 and 100,000 words which will be an original and substantial contribution to counselling psychology. A wide variety of thesis topics related to modalities of counselling psychology and lifespan psychotherapy are possible, subject to available supervision.
View entry requirements and applications for domestic students
4 years full-time
8 years part-time
Fees are subject to change annually.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Commonwealth supported place not offered for this course.
Research Training Scheme (RTS)
RTS places are available to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.
From 1 January 2012 all students pay a Student Services and Amenities fee each calendar year.
First Semester (March)
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Admission to candidature for the Master of Psychology (Counselling) and Doctor of Philosophy degree requires: a degree with first class honours (H1), which also qualifies as a four year Australian Psychology Accreditation Council approved degree with a major in psychology; or completion of the first year of the Master of Psychology (Counselling) with a high distinction (HD) average in two units (one of which must be the research project unit) and a minimum overall average of distinction (D); or an equivalent from an Australian or recognised overseas university, as determined by the Faculty of Education Board and APS; and demonstrated suitability for work as a professional psychologist, determined by two satisfactory referee reports and, for shortlisted applicants, a satisfactory interview.
Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.
Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.
This course is currently not available to domestic students.