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Diploma in Counselling (Awarded by Management Development Institute of Singapore)

About the Course
Course Curriculum
Local Application



The Diploma in Counselling has been specially designed to:

  • Equip students with relevant set of knowledge and skills required in the field of counselling and to prepare them to embark on a counselling degree programme.
  • Focus mainly in the theories and practice of counselling with handling specific issues including crisis intervention and grievance, children, youth and cross-cultural counselling, family and relationship counselling, counselling for substance misuse, career counselling and Gerontological counselling.
  • Provide students an avenue to conduct practical application of the learned theories and skills in counselling through role plays, case study and case presentation, term paper and industry visits and industry talks.


Assessment Methods

Students are required to complete a coursework. This coursework carries 40% of the final mark for that module.

Item Weighting
Course Work 40%
Final Examination 60%



Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded with the Diploma in Counselling awarded by MDIS.



Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)

The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), founded in 1956, is Singapore's oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. MDIS has two subsidiaries: Management Development Institute of Singapore Pte Ltd (MDIS Pte Ltd) to oversee its Singapore academic operations, and MDIS International Pte Ltd to further its globalisation strategy.


Programme Curriculum

  • Counselling Skills and Interviewing Techniques
  • Methods of Counselling
  • Crisis Intervention and Grievance Counselling
  • Children, Youth and Cross-Cultural Counselling
  • Family Relationship Counselling
  • Counselling for Substance Misuse
  • Career Counselling
  • Gerontological Counselling


Module Descriptions


Counselling Skills and Interviewing Techniques

The module is designed as an introduction to interviewing with a focus on developing knowledge, attitudes and skills essential to effective counselling. Personal skills integration is covered and is simulated in practice sessions. It also provides students with the basic ethical practice necessary to safeguard counselling clients.

Methods of Counselling

The module is designed to introduce the philosophical and theoretical based of the helping process. Emphasis placed on understanding the major counselling theories, basic helping skills and applications to diverse populations. Techniques and methods from each counselling perspective will be demonstrated and practiced under lecturer supervision. Also includes professional, ethical and legal issues related specifically to the counselling and guidance process.

Crisis Intervention and Grievance Counselling

This module is designed to introduce students to the theories of crisis intervention and equips them with the principles of effective crisis responding skills. Students will learn about their role and responsibilities in crisis situations as well as develop skills that will enable them to work with people in crisis. Special attention will be paid to grief and bereavement counselling and other developmental life crisis.

Children, Youth and Cross-Cultural Counselling

The module is designed to introduce the counselling theories and techniques with children and youth in individual and group settings. It focuses on skill development in counselling children and youth who are experiencing social, emotional and behavioural challenges. It will examine contemporary prevention methods, intervention and treatment strategies that are based on foundational understanding of human behaviour and development, family systems, cultural diversity and exceptionalities.

Family Relationship Counselling

The module is designed to introduce the foundational concepts and approaches in conducting marriage, relationship and family counselling. It involves examination of the foundational theories, models and methods of assessment and counselling interventions with emphasis on family issues, parenting, domestic friction and violence, new marriages, non-traditional marriages, multi-cultural issues, partnerships and divorce.

Counselling for Substance Misuse

The module is designed to provide an overview of the fundamental concepts in counselling substance abuse. It will focus on the psychopharmacology of alcohol, and major drugs and classes of abused substances as well as prescription drugs commonly used in treating mental health and addiction issues. Additional areas include prevention, intervention and treatment strategies and relevant issues pertaining to social justice and diversity.

Career Counselling

This module is designed to introduce the different theories of career development and their application in individual work employment. It will explore critical activities including decision making, vocational assessment, job development, job seeking skills and worksite analysis. Updated legal and regulatory trends impacting in the area of vocational and career counselling will also be explored.

Gerontological Counselling

The module is designed to provide an introduction to major psychosocial and biomedical issues that are common in older persons. The emphasis is on fundamental knowledge and skills developing to understand more fully the aging process as well as common emotional, psychiatric and cognitive disorders that present in the elderly. It also explores the effective approaches in counselling, basic counselling techniques and qualities necessary for a geriatric counsellor.

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 100 (lecture)

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 40 (tutorial)

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Structure and Duration

This programme is available for Local students only.

Full-time Programme 

  • 8 modules
  • 8 months 

Part-time Programme

  • 8 modules
  • 11 months

Commencement Date

Class Commencement for 2017 and Completion Date


Course Commencement Date Completion Date
8 Months Full-time Programme TBA -
11 Months Part-time Programme TBA -



: : Application Fee        S$21.40

Full-time Programme ( 8 Months )

  • Tuition Fees             S$4,975.50
  • Non-Tuition Fees     S$449.16
  • Total                           S$5,424.66
Part-time Programme ( 11 Months )
  • Tuition Fees              S$4,815.00
  • Non-Tuition Fees      S$188.26
  • Total                            S$5,003.26


• All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
• Non-tuition fees for part-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership subscription fees and fee protection scheme.
• Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership fees, MDIS experience seminars, CGC Workshop, medical insurance, condition tutorial fee (if applicable) and fee protection scheme.
• The above does not include Miscellaneous Fees, which refer to any non-compulsory and non-standard fees which the student will pay only when necessary or applicable.  Such fees are normally collected on an ad-hoc basis by the PEI when the need arises.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must be of age 17 and above and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Obtained at least a Grade E in any 1 GCE "A" level subject and at least a Grade C6 in any 1 GCE "AO" level subject


  • Obtained at least a Grade C6 in any 5 GCE "O" level subjects


  • MDIS Foundation Certificate in Psychology or other qualifications on a case-by-case basis


  • Higher NITEC, CBS, ITC holder


  • Other applications can be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Additional Criteria:

All applicants must also possess a C6 credit in English Language (EL1) at GCE ‘O’ Level. Applicants who do not meet the English requirement are required to:

  • Pass the English Entrance Test (EET) conducted by MDIS; or
  • Achieve a minimum of band 5.5 (with no sub-band less than 5.0) in IELTS (International English Language Testing System); or
  • Score a minimum of 196 points (computer-based), 69-70 points (internet-based) or 525 points (paper-based) in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); or
  • Applicants may be exempted from IELTS if they have completed at least two years and graduated from a government accredited high school where English is the primary language of instruction. A letter of verification from the school is required for admission consideration.


Financial Assistance Scheme

Student loans from the organisations listed below are available to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. Please contact the organisations directly to find out how you may benefit from their services.



Organisation Contact Number Website
TCC Limited Tel : 6319 3700
DBS Bank Tel : 1800 111 1111
Maybank Tel : 1800 629 2265



For All Programmes (Available in 6 or 12 months)

Organisation Contact Number Website
Standard Chartered
Tel : 1800 747 7000
DBS Bank Tel : 1800 111 1111
POSB Tel : 1800 339 6666
Maybank Tel : 1800 968 2265
UOB Tel : 1800 226 6121
OCBC Tel : 1800 363 3333
Citibank Tel : 1800 225 5225
Bank of China Tel : 1800 669 5566



For Degree & Masters Programmes (Available in 24 months)

Organisation Contact Number Website
Citibank Tel : 1800 225 5225





Duration of Course | Full-time: 8 months, Part-time: 11 months


Class Intake for 2017



Local students:

+65 6247 9111 / 6372 1000

International students:

+65 6278 8000


Local Enquiries
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