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The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle , Fremantle ,Australia

Doctor of Counselling

The University of Notre Dame Australia is dedicated to building a strong and innovative research culture. The Doctor of Counselling offers an applied three-year or equivalent program leading to a thesis of approximately 80,000 words in length. Your thesis should bridge the theory-practice gap and make a practical contribution to a specific area of counselling and professional knowledge as well as making a contribution to current scholarship understanding.

The Professional Doctorate is a research degree designed to meet the needs of professionals who aspire to achieve academic excellence and lead the development of knowledge within their profession. The program seeks to examine crucial professional topics and integrate professional experience with scholarly inquiry. In particular, it aims to generate a research-based approach, providing answers to questions relevant to the professions or industry and encouraging a systematic approach to the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. For this reason, we recommend you seek the support of a relevant professional body, employer or industry group in defining your research area.

Campus Information

Fremantle Campus

Our foundation Campus is located in the historic West End of the port city of Fremantle, south of Perth. Housed within beautifully restored heritage buildings, it provides a ‘town university’ of great character. The iconic Campus is close to the Fremantle Harbour, cafe?s, shops and the famous ‘Cappuccino Strip’, and all major transport hubs.

Intakes

  • Feb

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

A Ph.D. in counseling psychology builds on foundational knowledge and skills, introduces advanced theoretical concepts, and strengthens the competencies needed to excel as a professional counselor. Going beyond fundamental concepts in mental health evaluation and treatment, doctoral programs allow students to acquire specialized knowledge in areas such as substance abuse, behavioral disorders, reproductive and health counseling, and psychotherapy. Combining research and practical training, Ph.D. programs present cutting-edge trends and techniques in the field, as well as opportunities to apply them in one-on-one and group settings.

PSW Opportunity

Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane: 

Regular 2 years post study work visa for international students completing Bachelors and Masters degrees (minimum 92 weeks), 3 years for Masters by Research and 4 years for PhD. graduates 

Other Locations (Regional centres and other regional areas):

International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional
2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa
(Which means a Bachelors or Masters graduate can get up to 4 years of PSW visa) 

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria apply to students seeking admission to the Professional Doctorate program:

  • The Pro Vice Chancellor-Research, on the advice of the Dean of the School, determines admission to the Doctor of Counselling Award.
  • Applicants to the Doctor of Counselling Award are expected to satisfy the following criteria:
    • Possession of a research Masters degree by thesis or dissertation appropriate to the professional field of the applicant; or
    • Possession of a Masters degree by coursework appropriate to the professional field of the applicant completed at a superior standard; or
    • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree with Honours (typically 1st Class or Class 2A Honours level or equivalent); or
    • Possession of a Master of Philosophy; or
    • In exceptional circumstances, an equivalent academic or professional background that is considered by the Dean of the School to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research work at Doctoral level.

In addition to the academic criteria listed above, applicants are normally expected to satisfy the following:

  • have a minimum of 3 years of relevant professional practice;
  • have the support of an industry or professional mentor.

You may be required to demonstrate an ability to understand and communicate in both written and spoken English at a level adequate for the purpose of pursuing the program of study.

  • Course Code: 074299G
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Doctoral Degree/PhD
  • Duration: 03 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 135423 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: N/A
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