Master of Professional Counselling Monash University Malaysia

Why study a Master of Professional Counselling?

The Master of Professional Counselling in Monash University Malaysia is a skills-based course suited to those with an interest in counselling. It is taught by academics with extensive experience of working as professional counsellors/psychologists.

This course is designed to prepare students to become registered counsellors in settings such as community mental health, schools, health centers, workplaces, and in private practice. The course is also suitable for people already working in various professions who may wish to utilise counselling skills in roles such as teaching, social work and human resources. A distinctive feature of the course is its focus on preparing students to be culturally competent counsellors in Malaysia and the region.

This course requires students to undertake 504 hours of clinical placements, including a minimum of 192 hours of client contact. Through these mandatory placements, students have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision in clinical settings.

Professional recognition

This course will be submitted for accreditation by the following professional organisations:

  • Malaysian Board of Counsellors (Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia) 
  • Australian Counselling Association (ACA) 
  • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) 


Established in 1998, Monash University Malaysia is one of Malaysia’s most respected universities. It is Monash University’s global footprint in the Asian region, carrying with it the distinction of being the Malaysian constituent of a premier research intensive Australian university ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight (Go8). From humble beginnings, Monash Malaysia has grown in stature and is now recognised as a leader in the international higher education sector in Malaysia.

As an independent, self-accrediting University, it attracts students from all over the world. Over 6,700 students representing around 70 nationalities are currently enrolled at Monash Malaysia and enjoy a quality academic experience.

Monash Malaysia offers a range of specialist undergraduate and postgraduate courses through its seven schools: Arts & Social Sciences, Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Medicine & Health Sciences, Pharmacy, and Science.All courses are accredited in Malaysia and Australia, ensuring an education that is locally relevant and internationally recognised.

With a Monash degree, graduates who are globally engaged and industry driven, will be able to pursue rewarding careers in both the public and private sectors across the region.

The University is located 30 minutes south of Kuala Lumpur, one of Asia’s most commercial, dynamic, exciting and culturally diverse capital cities. Students have access to inexpensive, clean and secure accommodation, a range of international cuisine, and enjoy a cosmopolitan lifestyle in a multi-cultural environment.

Its faculty members are a mix of locally and internationally recruited academics with extensive teaching, business and industry experience. They bring years of knowledge gained from research in their respective fields into the classroom, providing students with a stimulating academic environment. Class size is small, allowing lecturers to cater to students’ individual needs.

Since its inception, Monash Malaysia has built a reputation for quality, credibility and integrity, and is held in high esteem by its students, alumni, industry and government. It is committed to maximising the potential of everyone in the global community it serves, seeking to develop well-rounded individuals who embrace challenge and change. The University encourages critical thinking to help students discover new ideas, reveal new perspectives and devise solutions. It maintains a long and proud tradition of excellence in education, combined with liberal values of enquiry, providing a fertile environment for bright young minds to flourish, and life-long opportunities for those wishing to enhance their education and career.

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