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Master of Counselling
The IMU Master of Counselling focuses on developing counsellors with professional attitude, knowledge, skills and competencies in the areas of counselling practice and research. 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.
Part-time: 4 years
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
A. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
B. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
|Applicants are required to have obtained:
||For Malaysian Students
|For International Students
The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:
APPLICATION & REGISTRATION FEES
|Malaysian Student (RM)||International Student (RM)|
|Refundable Caution Deposit||2,000||2,000|
|Student Association Fee per Semester||40||40|
|Fee for first intake||45,000||50,500|
- All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary.
- Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
- Registration fee and refundable caution deposit is payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Office.
- Students must adhere to the “Policy on Payment of Fees“.
- For information on Student Visa Application fee, please check the “Visas & Immigration“
Dr Nicole Chen Lee Ping
Senior Lecturer and Programme Director
Dr Nicole Chen is a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department at the International Medical University. She has been working as a counsellor and trainer since 2001 in different counselling settings in non-governmental organisations, educational institutions, and private counselling centres. She is a registered counsellor under the Board of Counsellors of Malaysia. She is an active EXCO member in Malaysian Marriage and Family Therapy (MyMFT).
Dr Lynda Ling Sai Ang
Dr Lynda Ling has been a registered and licensed counsellor in Malaysia since 2009. In her practice, she works alongside individuals, couples, and families, dealing with a wide range of issues. She is a counsellor educator delivering counselling training at higher education level, as well as offering supervision to counsellors and counsellor students. In her PhD research, she adopted a social constructionism and poststructuralism approach to examine the shaping effects of socio-cultural and political aspects on counselling practice in Malaysia in the context of suicidal ideation.
Dr Teoh Gaik Kin
Dr Teoh is a lecturer in the Psychology Department at the International Medical University (IMU). She is a registered counsellor and practised as a counsellor since year 2001 in NGOs. Her PhD research focused on marital strengths of long term married couples. Her postdoctoral research focused on building community partnerships. She has published articles, book chapter and book in areas such as promoting active ageing, marriages, and community- based participatory research.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The first intake will be in September 2020.
Yes, as per our entry requirement
- Applicants who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in any field, with a minimum cGPA of 2.50, as accepted by the University’s Senate.
- Applicants who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, but not meeting the minimum cGPA of 2.50, can be accepted with a minimum of 5 years working experience in a relevant field.
In addition, qualified applicants will then be invited for an interview session.
Full time is 2 years;
Part-time is 4 years.
Note: Students may not be able to graduate on time if they choose to defer or are required to retake modules or other conditions that might delay their course of study.
The sum for completing the course is RM 55,000 for Malaysian applicants; and RM 60,500 for international students.
As the IMU Master of Counselling Programme is a new porgramme, the first cohort of students will receive a RM 10,000 bursary. Therefore, the total fee will be RM 45,000 for Malaysian applicants; and RM 50,500 for international applicants.
The IMU Master of Counselling programme is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). This programme also fulfils the standards of the requirement established by the professional counselling body of Malaysia. Therefore, the graduates of the IMU Master of Counselling programme will be eligible to apply for registration with the Malaysian Board of Counsellors (Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia) upon graduation.
Master of Counselling, is a professional training programme producing counsellors to serve clients who are having relationship issues (couple, family, children and work), difficulty in adapting to life changes, career guidance, and other related issues.
Master of Clinical Psychology is a professional training programme that focuses on producing psychologists who manage a patient’s mental health related issues such as diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioural disorders as well as learning disabilities.
There may be an overlap of roles between a Counsellor and a Clinical Psychologist. However, the distinctive feature between a Counsellor and a Clinical Psychologist is that a Counsellor provides support for life transitions; self-development and relationship issues, whereas a Clinical Psychologist diagnoses and treats disorders.
Whether you opt to pursue the programme full time or part-time, our Master of Counselling programme is designed for working adults. Thus, we offer face-to-face classes as well as online classes to accommodate working adult schedules.
In terms of collecting the practicum and internship hours, students are advised to make appropriate arrangements for sufficient contact hours (practical hours) to graduate from the programme.
There is no English requirement for Malaysian applicants.
For international applicants, the following are the minimum requirements
- IELTS: Band score 5.0; or
- TOEFL (PBT): Overall score of 410-413; or
- TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 34; or
- Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 160; or v
- Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 180; or
- Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 36;
However, 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.
Yes, international students are eligible to apply for registration and a license to practise in Malaysia upon graduating from the programme. However, the licensing renewal requirement will be different from Malaysian. They are required to renew their licensing annually.
- Our lecturers – They have years of working experience in education, counselling, and they are actively involved in conducting research and providing counselling supervision.
- Speciality Training – To cater to the diverse population with specific needs, students will be offered areas of speciality training to focus on, which includes Marriage and Family Counselling, Crisis, Trauma and Grief Counselling, or Expressive Art Therapy.
- Community Exposure – To enhance the learning experience, students will be participating in IMU Cares community projects related to mental health activities such as counselling, psychoeducation, assessments and other activities to promote mental wellness.
- Ready Platform to Practice – To enhance their practical learning experience, students will have the opportunity to practise in the IMU Healthcare Clinic and established centres with close supervision of qualified counsellors and psychologists. This will provide students with an immersive experience to help clients in an integrated healthcare setting.
ENQUIRIES? CONTACT US
Interested in applying for one of our programmes?
You will need to prepare the following documents for your application:
- Verified copies of your academic qualifications
- Evidence of English language proficiency
- A copy of your MyKad or the identification page of your passport
These supporting documents needs to be attached electronically to your application. Please note that all of our programmes require payment of a non-refundable application fee after the application has been submitted. Application will only be processed once the payment for application fee has been made.
We wish you all the best with your application, and hope we will be welcoming you into one of our programmes soon!
WHY STUDY COUNSELLING AT IMU?
An Established Private Healthcare University
Serving the Community
Platform to Practice
“The IMU Master of Counselling aims to equip students with counselling skills to become a licensed professional counsellor. Apart from gaining knowledge from the core modules, the programme offers choices of training in various specialities including marriage and family counselling, crisis, trauma and grief counselling, and expressive art therapy. This training equips graduates additional practical skills and advanced knowledge to work with clients from diverse populations.”
DR NICOLE CHEN LEE PING
Senior Lecturer and Programme Director
BCouns (UM), MCouns (UM), PhD Couns (UM), KB, PA