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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.

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 & organisational, etc.) psychotherapists, counsellors and mental health professionals who wish to further their professional development, reflective practice capability and train as supervisors.

The course is normally scheduled to take place on Saturdays (approx. two per month) and occasional Friday afternoons (approx. six per year) to facilitate students who have work commitments. 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

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.


Visit the Clinical Supervision (M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip) page on the Trinity College Dublin website for more details!

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