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Supervision and Consultation: Psychotherapeutic and Organisational Approaches MSc

  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, April

  • Course Duration

    2 years part time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    16 August 2017

Course content

Why Surrey?

The MSc in Supervision and Consultation: Psychotherapeutic and Organisational Approaches provides experienced health and social care professionals, educators, and human resource personnel an opportunity to develop their expertise as supervisors, consultants and trainers.

Coaching and organisational consultation skills build from this, whilst research findings inform the development of practice.

Programme overview

The programme has been designed to be flexible and responsive to the specific needs of those training, ensuring it is relevant to their particular work circumstances.

The varied professional backgrounds of students facilitates lively discussion and in-depth consideration of the application of psychotherapeutic concepts to their supervision, consultation and coaching practice.

Teaching is provided both by academic staff and experienced practitioners, who use a variety of training methods, including experiential exercises, audio-visual recordings, formal lectures and seminars.

Different psychotherapeutic and psychological approaches to supervision, consultation and coaching are taught so that practitioners can better satisfy the needs of individuals, teams and organisations seeking their services.

Programme structure

The MSc in Supervision and Consultation is studied over two academic years and is part-time. All MSc students are initially registered for one academic year, and successful completion of all modules in the first year leads to progression into year two.

This is a specialised training course which leads to advanced knowledge and practice in the supervision and coaching of staff, and consultation to teams and organisations.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.


The School of Psychology is a hub of energy, information and support. You will have access to the following facilities:

  • Two computing rooms, one dedicated to MSc students
  • Test library (300+ psychometric tests available, as well as five years of dissertations and theses from all programmes)
  • Video and audio editing (image and audio manipulation; interview and telephone recording; transcription equipment)
  • Seminar and classrooms (three fully equipped rooms for presentations and an observation suite (video and audio recording)

Supervision and consultation practice

It is essential that, during the training, you are in a position to provide ongoing supervision and consultation within your workplace. You will also need to be able to present that practice within different teaching contexts on the programme and receive advice and feedback on your practice from other trainees and staff.

Your practice during the Supervision and Consultation Practice module will be overseen via feedback forms, small group consultation, audio/video review and live observation.

Applicant profiles

There are three pathways to entry on the programme:

  • A professionally qualified psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council
  • A qualified psychotherapist or counsellor (psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, systemic, integrative) eligible to be registered with the UKCP, BPC, BABCP or BACP
  • Qualification in a relevant profession with knowledge of psychology at an undergraduate/postgraduate level (teaching, medicine, nursing, human resources, social work, occupational therapy)

All candidates should have experience of providing supervision and consultation or, as part of their employment, are required to supervise and consult to others.

Educational aims of the programme

  • Develop advanced competencies to practice supervision, consultation, coaching and mentoring within applied health, social care and educational settings
  • Conceptualise supervision/consultation/coaching/mentoring theory and practice clearly
  • Develop a range of specific and transferable supervisory, consultation, coaching and mentoring skills and competencies
  • Develop ethical awareness and relational/self-reflexivity
  • Supervise/consult/coach/mentor across a range of contexts and with a range of clients/supervisees/consultees
  • Practise supervision, consultation, coaching and mentoring in a culturally attuned way

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Visit the Supervision and Consultation: Psychotherapeutic and Organisational Approaches MSc page on the University of Surrey website for more details!






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