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M.Sc. / P.Grad. Dip. in Clinical Supervision

The M.Sc. / P.Grad. Diploma in Clinical Supervision part-time course is aimed at practitioners in the helping professions who normally hold an honours degree in psychology or a related field and relevant post-graduate experience.
  • Course Director:
    • Dr. Mary Creaner
Course Office Contact Details:
  • International Student Course Queries:
    • Erin Paullin (Global Officer, School of Psychology)
    • Telephone: +353-1-896-1015
    • Email:
  • Course Duration
    • 2 years, part-time
  • Closing date for Applications:
    • 30th May 2022 *places may be filled before this date. Next intake September 2022. Note: intake for this course is biennial
  • ECTS Credits:
    • 90 ECTS (Masters)
    • 60 ECTS (Postgraduate Diploma)
  • Course Overview

    The M.Sc./P.Grad. Diploma in Clinical Supervision part-time course is aimed at practitioners in the helping professions who normally hold an honours degree in psychology or a related field and relevant post-graduate experience. It is specifically aimed at practising psychologists, (counselling, clinical, educational, health, work & organizational, etc.) psychotherapists, counsellors and mental health professionals who wish to further their professional development, reflective practice capability and train as supervisors.

    The MSc is a two-year part-time course (biennial intake). The course is normally scheduled to take place on Saturdays (approx. two per month) and occasional Friday afternoons (approx. eight per year) to facilitate students who have work commitments. The course is delivered though a blended learning approach with approximately 40% of course delivered in face-to-face teaching and 60% delivered as live online teaching.

    All students register on the M.Sc. course in the first instance. Students may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision on successful completion of Year 1 course requirements. The Postgraduate Diploma as an exit qualification is equivalent to 60 ECTS. Students who successfully complete all the required elements of the M.Sc. course will be awarded the M.Sc. in Clinical Supervision.

    Course Content and Structure

    The M.Sc. comprises eight modules including a supervised Professional Practice Module and a Dissertation. Costs associated with external clinical supervision of the Professional Practice Module are additional to course tuition fees and the responsibility of the student. In Year 2, M.Sc. students are required, under research supervision and project management support, to submit a dissertation based on empirical enquiry into an aspect of clinical supervision. All modules are compulsory and each has an assessment component.

    • Module 1: Advanced Clinical Supervision, theory, skills & process
    • Module 2: Clinical Supervision & Perspectives in Adult Learning
    • Module 3: Advanced Peer & Group Supervision
    • Module 4: The Reflective Practitioner
    • Module 5: Professional Clinical Practice
    • Module 6: Organisational Issues
    • Module 7: Research in Clinical Supervision
    • Module 8: Dissertation (10,000 words)

    Teaching & Learning Methods

    Teaching will be delivered through lectures, interactive classes, seminars, presentations, group work and so forth. Student led seminars are particularly important in developing student's confidence and presentation skills. Occasionally, some seminars and workshops will be jointly offered to other professionals as Continuing Professional Development training.
    The primary methods by which students are expected to learn are;

    • Active participation and note-taking during formal lectures, supported by course handouts where appropriate
    • Essay writing, practical reports, tutorials and seminar presentations
    • Private study of selected texts from books and journals
    • Practical classes and workshops, experiential learning methods (e.g., role-play, audio/video skills sessions)
    • Student-led seminars and presentations
    • Discussion groups
    • Professional clinical practice
    • Independent literature and empirical research
    • Blended learning options

    Competence is developed through a combination of lectures, experiential learning workshops, discussions, clinical supervision, group and peer supervision, written assignments, tutorials and professional clinical practice.

    Modes of Assessment

    Summative, formative, continuous, self-assessment, tutor and supervisor assessment form the overall assessment process. Modules will be assessed on a continuous assessment basis which occurs throughout the year through meetings with the Course Director and/or tutor, course work, assignments, feedback from the external clinical supervisor and so forth. Assessment varies according to the requirements of the modules and each module has independent assessment. A combination of written and practical assignments includes feedback reports from the course approved supervisor of professional practice, written papers, audio/visual case presentations , a learning agreement, presentations, a research proposal and a dissertation.

    In order to be awarded the degree of Master in Science in Clinical Supervision, students must satisfy the Court of Examiners by passing all of the taught modules of the course, the dissertation and by obtaining a pass on the Professional Clinical Practice module. Further procedures in this regard may be found in the M.Sc. Course Handbook.

    Tutorial Support

    Each participant will meet with a tutor/mentor during the year to review progress. They will also meet with the Course Director. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate these meetings. Additional tutorial meetings are at the discretion (or request) of the Course Director.

    Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will normally be required to hold an honours(2.1) degree in psychology or a cognate discipline
    • Post qualification experience in the primary discipline
    • Have post-qualification training and/or experience in supervision
    • Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional development (e.g., workshops, seminars)
    • Be a practising, full member of a recognised professional body (e.g., the Psychological Society of Ireland, the Irish Council for Psychotherapy, the Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or professional equivalent)
    • Have access to a supervisee base for professional clinical practice
    • Hold professional indemnity insurance for supervision
    • Formal application to include a CV, 2 references (one of which needs to be from a clinical supervisor), evidence of qualifications, evidence of EU status, as relevant, and attend for an individual interview

    Fitness to Practice

    As Clinical Supervisors hold a gate-keeping role and function in their relevant professions, students must conform to the highest ethical and best practice standards. This role ultimately functions to protect the welfare of the client, the supervisee and the public. Consequently, students are expected and required to conform to the code of ethics and conduct of their relevant professional bodies, in addition to University requirements.

    Course Fees

    • A list of current course fees is available in the Course Fees section of the Academic Registry website.

    IMPORTANT: Fees may increase annually.

    Please consult information about eligibility for admission as an EU/Non-EU student and note that EU applicants must satisfy specific requirements to be deemed eligible for EU fee status.

    Please note: The P.Grad. Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Psychology) has been discontinued as a separate course.

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