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.
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)
Sorry, this course is not currently registered to take International Students.
Please return to Course Finder keyword search to find a similar course registered for International students.
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.