Taught course

Clinical Supervision for Inpatient and Complex Care Settings

University of Sheffield · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

First level mental health nurse registration (or equivalent professional registration) with at least three years’ post-qualification experience in an acute setting. You must be employed within an appropriate mental health setting to complete the assessments.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This online course is aimed at senior nurses and other multidisciplinary mental health professionals working with vulnerable and high-risk groups. It aims to improve your understanding of the principles of good supervisory practice.

The Clinical Psychology Unit

Seventeen academic and clinical staff are working closely with local NHS trusts on research programmes, training and consultancy.

Where your masters can take you

You’ll develop the skills and knowledge for all sorts of careers. Many of our graduates continue to PhD level. Others work as research associates and assistant psychologists for employers such as universities and the NHS. Throughout your course, you’ll have frequent reviews with your tutor to discuss your learning needs and objectives.

Applying psychology in the real world

Our ongoing collaborative projects with hospitals, mental health care units, the police and prison service, and several leading firms in business and industry will show you how psychology can be applied in the real world.

You’ll also benefit from our research excellence. We don’t just focus on one or two specialisms – with active researchers in most areas of psychology, we are consistently one of the highest-ranked research departments in the UK.

Our facilities

Whatever your particular interest, we have the facilities for your research. Our research environment was rated amongst the best in the country in the last national assessment. We are exceptionally well resourced for research in Social and Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology, with a dedicated suite of rooms for different participant groups.

To give you the right tools for your research, there is a fully equipped neuroscience unit with excellent facilities for brain imaging, neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, behavioural neuroscience and computational neuroscience. We have access to a small-bore MRI device and to the University’s MRI facility for human studies.


This degree will put you in a good position to obtain a graduate job that requires strong quantitative skills, such as market research, analytics or data science.

Core Modules

  • Psychology;
  • Research Methods;
  • Advanced Multivariate Statistics for Psychology;
  • Professional Skills for Psychologists;
  • Systematically Reviewing Psychological Research;
  • Research Project in Psychology;
  • Multivariate Statistics for Psychology.

Core modules

  • Advancing Supervision Skills I: (fundamentals of effective practice, critical reflections skills, critical review of theoretical models and their application to practice);
  • Advancing Supervision Skills II: (fundamentals of supervision in complex care settings including the emotional impact of the work, ethics, difference and diversity).

Teaching and assessment

Most of the course is taught online, but there are three days of teaching (including tutorials) at the beginning of each semester. You’ll get ongoing tutorial support via email, Skype or telephone. You’re assessed on two case studies, one at the end of each semester.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in writing and 6 in the other components, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 PT months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 6570