Clinical Supervision in Professional Practice

Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences

Clinical Supervision in Professional Practice

M.A. in Clinical Supervision in Professional Practice
The area of clinical supervision is evolving as one of significant professional interest within the Irish health and social care setting. Education and government policy demands that all professions who rely in their day to day practice on a range of theoretical perspectives maintain or put in place a framework to accommodate the acquisition and continued maintenance of higher order skills to underpin their practice as well as having educational progression routes to support their professional development and provide opportunities to enhance their own professional knowledge base.

Ryan (2008) traced the evolution of nursing as an academic discipline in Ireland, noting that the journey towards academic professionalisation accelerated since the 1960’s when programmes in higher educational institutions became available for nurses.

Recognising trends in the areas of Nursing, Social Care, Counselling and Psychotherapy trends, it is important that there are opportunities for professionals to study clinical supervision up to Major Award level at Level 9 on the NFQ.

This programme is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become confident, critical, analytical and reflective practitioners who are able to make maximum use of resources, including research in their day-to-day practice.

This Masters in Clinical Supervision in Professional Practice enables learners to critically evaluate institutionalised practices and values, and act as agents for challenge and change in their professional contexts as well as supporting individual practitioners to enhance professional performance and ensure their professional practice adheres to ‘best-practice’ guidelines.

This programme has been structured to provide learners who wish to study Clinical Supervision principles and practices through a more inter and transdisciplinary perspective. It covers the Principles,practices and processes of clinical supervision, while also evaluating currnet and developing models of clinical supervision practices. The clinical Supervision Practium module (Work Based Learning) module, requires learners to engage in 100 hours of clinically supervised supervision work, where learners will integrate both theoretical and competency based learning.

Subjects taught

• Principles of Clinical Supervision In Professional Practice 10 ECTS
• Research Methodologies & Design 10 ETCS
• The Practice & Process of Clinical Supervision 10 ECTS
• Integrative Models of Clinical Supervision 5 ECTS
• Developmental Models Of Clinical Supervision 5 ECTS
• Psychotherapeutic Models of Clinical Supervision 5 ECTS
• Clinical Governance & Clinical Supervision 5 ECTS
• Clinical Supervision Practicum 10 ECTS
• Dissertation 30 ECTS

Entry requirements

The knowledge, skills and competence required to successfully participate in and complete this Level 9 programme will normally require applicants to have successfully achieved a Level 2:2 award in a relevant Level 8 degree.

Those who have completed other relevant educational programmes or have relevant professional experience etc., where Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Acquired Prior Learning (APL) can be applied to the programme by submission of programme content, qualification and assignments equivalent to an appropriate Level 8 award at an Honours 2:2 standard, can also be considered.

Applicants will normally have a minimum of two years of experience in areas of relevant practice such as a helping or caring role, or related leadership or teamwork role. This could include experience gained in helping roles within undergraduate studies.

All applicants are required to be over 23 years of age and will be required to complete the Garda vetting procedure and all applicants will be subject to the College’s ‘Fitness to Practice’ policy, which is set out in detail in the Programme Handbook and on the website. These arrangements are in accordance with the National Vetting Bureau Acts 2012-2016 which species a statutory requirement for all learners on programmes that include placements.

All applicants will be required to attend for interview to ascertain their suitability for the programme.

International Students will be free to apply, but such applicants will have to provide certification of competency in English, so as to reasonably demonstrate that they will be able to participate in a Masters programme delivered through English. In the case applicants who are living in Ireland – evidence of Irish Leaving Certificate English at Ordinary Level Grade D or above. In the case of overseas applications, whose first language is not English, applicants will have to provide either certification of completion of a primary degree through the medium of English or submit the official results of English Language competency demonstrated through the completion of English language proficiency tests indicating a minimum score of to B2+ in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). Certification may be evidenced through production of a certificate of IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent) or equivalent competency tests, if applicable .

All international applicants must meet the Visa Requirements for study on Ireland and it the case of International students, they will be asked to submit an original Police Clearance Certificate/Criminal History Check from every country in which they have lived for more than six months since over the age of 16 years.


1 Year (Full time) & 2 Years (Part Time)

Available at our Dublin and Limerick Campuses

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2024

Post Course Info

Where Can I progress to on completion of the course?
On successful completion of the MA in Clinical Supervsion in Professional Practice, learners will be qualified to access Level 10 Programmes on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Blended,Evening,Full time,Part time,Weekend

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