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Master of Counselling

Offered by: International Medical University (IMU)
Course Duration2 years (full-time) 4 years (part-time)
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time/Part Time
Fees (International Student)60,500/Course
FacultySchool of Postgraduate Studies
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Level of StudyMasters Degree Level
Field of StudySocial Services
Mode of StudyMixed Mode
Course Description

This programme provides practical skills training on par with local and international standards for graduates of the programme to take up leadership positions in the fields of counselling, teaching, research and management.

The programme is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and fulfils the requirement standards established by the Malaysian professional counselling body; the Malaysian Board of Counsellors (Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia).

Hence, the graduates of the programme will be eligible to apply for registration with the Malaysian Board of Counsellors.


To strengthen students’ learning, the programme incorporates role-play, group discussion, case-based scenario and reflective practice as part of the curriculum. The following is the list of modules offered

  • Human Development across the Lifespan
  • Theories of Psychotherapy
  • Theories of Career Counselling
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in the Helping Professions
  • Multi-cultural Counselling
  • Information, Personnel and Career Development
  • Psychological Testing and Assessment
  • Abnormal Psychology and Clinical Assessment
  • Counselling Skills
  • Research Methods
  • Group Counselling
  • Counselling Practicum
  • Research Project
  • Counselling Internship
  • Elective option 1 – Focused on Marriage and Family Counselling
  • Elective option 2 – Focused on Crisis, Trauma and Grief Counselling
  • Elective option 3 – Focused on Expressive Art Therapy


The IMU Master of Counselling programme uses both continuous and final assessments in assessing students. Most of the modules employ continuous assessment with a variety of assessment methods including practical skills evaluation, reflective writing, self-evaluation, critique report etc. As for the final assessment, students will go through tests which focus on evaluating students’ critical thinking as well as competency in theory application.

Entry Requirements
Applicants are required to have obtained:


  • A Bachelor Degree in related discipline with a minimum cGPA of 2.50, as accepted by the University’s Senate; or
  • A Bachelor Degree in related discipline not meeting cGPA of 2.50, can be accepted subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in relevant field.
  • Candidates need to undergo an interview assessment upon request by the school.
For Malaysian Students
Not applicable
For International Students


  • IELTS : Band score 5.0; or
  • TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 42; or
  • Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 154; or
  • Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 154; or
  • Cambridge Linguaskill : Overall score of 160; or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 47;


The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:

  • International students from countries in which English is the first language.
  • International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.
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All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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