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Master of Counselling
Master of Counselling

Master of Counselling

  • ID:UC640095
  • Level:Master's Degree
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$39,500.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$39,500.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enrol in the MCouns must have qualified for one of the following:

  • a degree from Aotearoa New Zealand with either acquired experience in counselling, teaching, nursing, social work, or an equivalent profession, or been deemed suitable for training as a counsellor; or
  • been admitted Ad Eundem Statum (with equivalent standing) to enrol for the Master of Counselling; or
  • been approved for enrolment by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 90, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 176 with at least 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50
  • NZCEL:  Level 5

Course Information

The Master of Counselling is designed to give students the opportunity to extend their theoretical grounding and professional skills to work as counsellors in a variety of settings. Students are trained to identify systematic, effective ways to help clients find simple, acceptable solutions to their current concerns and problems.

The MCouns consists of 240 points of study, taken as a combination of practical and theory courses.

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Part I

  • COUN 671 Counselling and Psychology: Theories and Skills

  • COUN 672 Counselling Supervision and Reflective Practice

  • COUN 675 Professional Counselling Practice I

  • COUN 681 Solution-Focused Theory and Practice with Individuals and Groups

Note that COUN 672 and COUN 675 are limited entry courses.

Students will normally need to have achieved Part I with a B Grade Point Average or better to proceed onto Part II.

Part II

  • COUN 685 Professional Counselling Practice II

If studying part-time, students will instead complete COUN 683 Professional Counselling Practice II (Part A) Part time and COUN 684 Professional Counselling Practice II (Part B) Part time.

All students also choose between completing COUN 695 Counselling Dissertation (60 points), or at least 60 points of courses chosen from:

  • HLTH 430 Motivating Behaviour Change I (30 points)

  • HLTH 431 Motivating Behaviour Change II (30 points)

  • HLTH 448 The Foundation of Hospice Palliative Care (30 points)

  • HLTH 463 Whānau and Community Health (30 points)

  • HLTH 467 Mental Health and Addictions (30 points)

  • HLTH 469 Health Issues in the Community (30 points)

  • COUN 682 Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) (15 points)

  • CFPY 601 Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (30 points)

  • CFPY 602 Child and Adolescent Development: Research, Contexts, and Applications (30 points)

  • CFPY 603 Introduction to Interventions (30 points)

  • EDEM 608 Understanding Emotions in Education, Leadership, and Health (30 points)

  • SOWK 612 Mana Motuhake, a Bicultural Analysis (15 points)

  • CULT 419 The Policies and Politics of Sex (30 points)

Research Methods course

In either Part I or II, you will also need to complete one of:

  • EDEM 693 Introduction to Methodologies and Ethics in Educational Research

  • EDEM 697 Qualitative Research in Education, Health, and Human Development

  • EDEM 698 Emergent Research Methodologies

  • Another approved research methods course of at least 15 points

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Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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