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.

KEY FACTS

Degree

Master of Counselling

Commencement

September

Total Duration

Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: 4 years

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Tuition Fees

All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

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

  1. Human Development across the Lifespan
  2. Theories of Psychotherapy
  3. Theories of Career Counselling
  4. Ethical and Professional Issues in the Helping Professions
  5. Multi-cultural Counselling
  6. Information, Personnel and Career Development
  7. Psychological Testing and Assessment
  8. Abnormal Psychology and Clinical Assessment
  9. Counselling Skills
  10. Research Methods
  11. Group Counselling
  12. Counselling Practicum
  13. Research Project
  14. Counselling Internship
  15. Elective option 1 – Focused on Marriage and Family Counselling
  16. Elective option 2 – Focused on Crisis, Trauma and Grief Counselling
  17. Elective option 3 – Focused on Expressive Art Therapy

Assessment

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

A. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
B. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants are required to have obtained:

  1. A Bachelor Degree in related discipline with a minimum cGPA of 2.50, as accepted by the University’s Senate; or
  2. 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.
  3. Candidates need to undergo an interview assessment upon request by the school.
For Malaysian Students
Not applicable
For International Students

  1. IELTS : Band score 5.0; or
  2. TOEFL (PBT) : Overall score of 410-413; or
  3. TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 34; or
  4. Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 160; or
  5. Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 180; or
  6. Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 36;

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

  1. International students from countries in which English is the first language.
  2. International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.

APPLICATION & REGISTRATION FEES

Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fees 150 500
Registration Fee 1,100 3,400
Refundable Caution Deposit 2,000 2,000
Student Association Fee per Semester 40 40
Tuition Fees 55,000 60,500
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

OUR TEAM

Faculty Members

Dr Nicole Chen Lee Ping

Senior Lecturer and Programme Director


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BCouns (UM), MCouns, PhD Counselling, KB, PA

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

Lecturer


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BA (Hon) Social Science (Economic) (UKM), MEdu (UPM), PhD Counsellor Education (Waikato), KB, PA

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

Lecturer


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BA Psy (BGSU, USA), MA (LCS, USA), MCouns (UM), PhD Counselling (UM), KB, PA

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

When is the intake for the Master of Counselling Programme in IMU?

The first intake will be in September 2020.

I don’t have any prior experience or knowledge in psychology or counselling, can I take this programme?

Yes, as per our entry requirement

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

How long does it take to complete the course?

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.

How much does it cost?

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.

Is the IMU Master of Counselling programme recognised by the Malaysian Government?

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.

What is the difference between a Master of Counselling and a Master of Clinical Psychology?

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.

If I have a full-time job from 8 am to 5 pm, can I fulfil the course requirement?

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.

Is there an English language requirement?

There is no English requirement for Malaysian applicants.

For international applicants, the following are the minimum requirements

  1. IELTS: Band score 5.0; or
  2. TOEFL (PBT): Overall score of 410-413; or
  3. TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 34; or
  4. Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 160; or v
  5. Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 180; or
  6. Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 36;

However, the following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements

  1. International students from countries in which English is the first language.
  2. International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.
Can international students from the IMU Master of Counselling Programme apply for a license to practise in Malaysia?

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.

What is unique about the IMU Master of Counselling Programme?
  1. Our lecturers – They have years of working experience in education, counselling, and they are actively involved in conducting research and providing counselling supervision.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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  1. Verified copies of your academic qualifications
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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.

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WHY STUDY COUNSELLING AT IMU?

An Established Private Healthcare University

An Established Private Healthcare University

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 28 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education. IMU achieved the SETARA-2017 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.
Specialty Training

Specialty Training

To cater to the diverse population with specific needs, students will be offered areas of specialised training to focus on, which includes Marriage and Family Counselling, Crisis, Trauma and Grief Counselling, or Expressive Art Therapy.
Serving the Community

Serving the Community

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.
Multidisciplinary Learning

Multidisciplinary Learning

To increase the ability to support clients, students will work closely with different healthcare professionals to co-construct an intervention plan with clients’ best interests.
Platform to Practice

Platform to Practice

To enhance the 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 up-close experience to help clients in an integrated healthcare setting.

“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

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