Master of Rehabilitation Counselling
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Rehabilitation Counselling (MRehabClng) prepares graduates for professional practice as rehabilitation counsellors. Graduates attain professional status as a rehabilitation counsellor and are qualified to provide specialist counselling, rehabilitation, and case management services to people who have experienced injury, disability or social disadvantage.
The course includes studies in vocational development and counselling, applied psychosocial and medical rehabilitation, case management, client assessment and job placement, work injury and worker's compensation, and rehabilitation philosophy. Elective studies may be undertaken in rehabilitation in relation to alcohol and drug misuse, brain injury, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and multicultural environments, including issues concerned with complex trauma.
The course is a graduate-entry program (students are required to have completed an undergraduate degree prior to entry), however the MRehabClng is designed to accommodate all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their previous discipline.
As the course leads to professional accreditation, students will be assisted in achieving prescribed professional competencies through practical and theoretical skill acquisition and clinical fieldwork placements. Clinical placements are undertaken in both the public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in the contemporary health system.
The pace of work in the MRehabClng is commensurate with the expectations of postgraduate study, as is the level and complexity of the issues dealt with in the degree, including research project design.
1 Oct 2013 Applications close for international students (further important dates re the application process as provided by our international office or your agent)
3 Feb 2014 Enrolment at Cumberland Campus
27 Feb 2014 GEM Orientation
31 Oct 2013 Applications close
27-28 Nov 2013 First Round Offers released (depending on when UAC release offers)
13 Dec 2013 Acceptance close for First Round offers
15 Jan 2014 Second Round Offers release via UAC (depending on demand)
22 Jan 2014 Acceptance close for Second Round offers (if second round is offered)
29 & 30 Jan 2014 Enrolment at Cumberland Campus
27 February 2014 GEM Orientation
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- REHB5060 - Rehabilitation Philosophy
- REHB5061 - Applied Psychosocial and Medical Rehab
- REHB5062 - Brain Injury Rehabilitation
- REHB5063 - Rehabilitation of PTSD
- REHB5068 - Public Offenders: Aspects of Rehab
- REHB5069 - Rehabilitation of Alcohol & Drug Misuse
- REHB5070 - Vocational Development and Counselling
- REHB5071 - Work Injury and Workers' Compensation
- REHB5072 - Applied Counselling and Case Management
- REHB5073 - Client Assessment and Job Placement
- REHB5074 - Professional Practice A
- REHB5075 - Avocational Rehab Management
- REHB5076 - Introductory Rehabilitation Counselling
- REHB5077 - Psychiatric Rehabilitation
- REHB5078 - Rehab Counselling Dissertation A
- REHB5079 - Perspectives on Rehab Legislation
- REHB5080 - Professional Practice B
- REHB5081 - Rehab Counselling Dissertation B
Further course information
You will follow a prescribed course of study with a total 96 credit points (cp) incorporating fourteen core units (84cp) and two elective units (12cp).
The Master of Rehabilitation Counselling requires the completion of 96 credit points (cp) of units of study comprising: 84cp of core units; and 12cp of elective units, chosen from the Table found in the Faculty handbook.
A number of clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities are scheduled as part of the course. Fieldwork provides hands on experience with real clients in a supervised environment allowing students to combine academic study with the practical abilities required of the rehabilitation counselling profession.
As part of this course eligible students also have the opportunity to take part in the ‘FHS Abroad' program which involves academic study and a 4-6 week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and South East Asia. This experience (valued at 6 credit points) enables students to gain a real understanding of global health and make a lasting difference to communities worldwide.
Course outcomes and further study
Graduates of the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling are qualified to provide specialist counselling, rehabilitation, and case management services to people who have experienced injury, disability or social disadvantage. They work in government/public, community or private rehabilitation settings, as rehabilitation coordinators in industry, vocational/social trainers, counsellors in drug and alcohol, psychiatric and correctional settings. They also work as human resource managers and private rehabilitation consultants.
Graduates will be eligible for membership of the peak professional bodies representing rehabilitation counselling, namely the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors and the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia. Both qualifications are recognised for employment overseas in countries such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Eligible graduates may consider an additional three years of study with us as a research candidate for the higher research degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/research_innovation/. The PhD is designed to provide you with the opportunity to undertake in-depth study in a specialised area under the supervision of an academic staff member with expertise in your field of research.
The award of the degree in the health sciences will enhance your profile as a genuine researcher and expert in your chosen field, afford opportunities as a published researcher, and may lead to an academic appointment, or to a research appointment with a government or industrial research and development organisation.
To be eligible to apply you will need to fulfill the following criteria;
1. A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and/or a PhD from an Australian institution or equivalent.
2. A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 over 7 (approximately equivalent to credit average or better) assessed on the highest ranked tertiary qualification presented.
Please refer to the relevant application close off dates applicable individually to domestic and international applicants.
All domestic applications must be made through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).
All international applicants can apply online by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button or via an agent. Please refer to the GEM Offer Process page for further information including application timelines.
Refer to the GPA Equivalence by Country list to make a self-assessment of your current GPA on the Faculty prescribed 0-7 scale. If your country is not listed or if you are unsure of the conversion please contact the International Office.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications for the Sydney Master of Rehabilitation Counselling are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of October. This course is not offered in the July semester intake.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.