Faculty of Education


Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory

The PGDipCounsTh is equivalent to the first year of the Master of Counselling (MCouns). Through this cohort-based programme of study, you will gain comprehensive knowledge of the theory and research that underpin counselling practice.

Quick facts
Length One year full-time study, or four years’ part-time study
Delivery From 2015 this programme will be taught at Epsom Campus. Includes lectures, discussion, student presentations, skills laboratories, seminars, workshops, group work, individual investigation and self-directed study. You will also undertake practical work in community settings. This is supervised on-site by counselling practitioners in the field and overseen by University staff.
Points per degree
120
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Opportunities

If you complete the PGDipCounsTh with an average grade of B or higher (in at least 90 points in the most advanced courses) you can apply to enter into the second year of the MCouns to complete the masters qualification. To do this, you must include a research methods course in your PGDipCounsTh study.

Fees

Updated tuition fee information will be available at www.auckland.ac.nz/fees.

Entry criteria

1  In order to be admitted to this programme, a student needs to have:

  • completed the requirements for a Bachelors degree in education, counselling, nursing, social work or another profession from this University or an equivalent qualification approved by Senate or its representative

and

  • at least three years practical experience in teaching, counselling, nursing, social work or an equivalent profession as approved by Senate or its representative

and

  • an interview supported by referees' statements and evidence of practical experience is required.

Note: Agencies where counsellors in training are placed wish to ensure that client safety is not compromised. For this reason, the application form for the Counselling programme asks applicants to indicate whether they have any criminal convictions. Furthermore, before any candidate can be accepted into the degree, an official police statement concerning absence or otherwise of criminal convictions will be required.
 

2  No student on whom the Postgraduate Diploma in Education – Counselling specialisation has already been conferred by The University of Auckland may enrol for this postgraduate diploma unless specific approval is given by Senate or its representative.
 

3  Admission to the programme requires the approval of Senate or its representative.

Programme structure

  • 90 points: EDPROFST 746, 748, 749, 750, PROFCOUN 701
  • 30 points from EDPROFST 700-757, 760-788, EDUC 702-764, PROFCOUN 702-704, 707, PROFSUPV 704* or a 700 level course in another subject as approved by the Associate Dean (Postgraduate)

*Note: PROFSUPV 710 can be taken as a concession.

Note: A student wishing to enrol in the Research Portfolio of the MCouns following the award of this postgraduate qualification should note that EDPROFST 750 is a prerequisite for enrolment.

Find out about the courses offered in 2015

Further study

Study at postgraduate diploma level can lead to study at masters and then doctoral level. Students who have completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory with an average grade of B or higher may apply for admission to the Master of Counselling.

Application for Admission

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