Courses & Units

Course rules for M6I Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Award name and title    

1.  The award will be called Graduate Diploma in Counselling with the abbreviation GradDipCouns.


2. Theses specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2013 and shall apply to all candidates for the award, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.


3.  Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Counselling shall have:

  1. qualified for admission to a bachelor degree with a major in psychology or behavioural science;
  2. qualified for admission to a bachelor degree in an area which is associated with human services or counselling; or
  3. such other qualifications or combination of qualifications which required at least three years of full-time study or its equivalent in a university or other tertiary institution approved by the Faculty of Health Science and is considered to be equivalent of the qualifications described in paragraph 3 [i] or [ii] of these specifications.

4. Students without the stated admission requirements may apply to the Faculty of Health Science to be accepted under the Faculty's policy for the admission of non-graduates to postgraduate coursework programs.

5. Candidates will be interviewed and may be required to submit a professional statement including professional references, statement of intent, work history and police records check.

Requirements and duration    

6.  To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Counselling, a candidate shall pass in 100% of units in accordance with Specification 8.

7.  Candidates shall complete the degree requirements in not less than two consecutive semesters of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than 36 months from the time of first enrolment.


8.  Candidates shall successfully pass eight units, six compulsory and two electives, from the prescribed Schedule accompanying these specifications.

Terminating passes    

9.  No Terminating Passes may be counted towards the requirements of the Graduate Diploma.


10. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Dean in accordance with the requirements of Specification 8.

11. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.

12. The Faculty of Health Science may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule to these specifications.