Taught course

Clinical Supervision

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Psychology

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Entry requirements

  • Applicants will normally be required to hold an honours degree in psychology or a cognate discipline
  • Post qualification and/or training/experience in supervision
  • Demonstration of commitment to ongoing professional development (e.g. workshops, seminars)
  • Practising and a full member of a recognised professional body (e.g. the Psychological Society of Ireland, the Irish Council for Psychotherapy, the Irish 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 an updated CV, 2 references, evidence of EU status, as relevant, and an individual interview

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc/PGDip 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 and organizational, 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 (maximum two per month) and occasional Friday afternoons (approx five per year) to facilitate students who have work commitments. All students register on the MSc 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 MSc course will be awarded the MSc in Clinical Supervision.

The M.Sc. comprises eight modules including a supervised Professional Clinical Practice Module and a Dissertation. Costs associated with clinical supervision of the Professional Clinical 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 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 and process
  • Module 2: Clinical Supervision and Perspectives in Adult Learning
  • Module 3: Advanced Peer and 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 (20, 000 words)

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Mary Creaner