Module code: PSYM045

Module provider


Module Leader

TIBBLES P Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

At least one of the following three: A practitioner psychologist (clinical, counselling, educational, occupational, health, forensic) eligible to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. A qualified psychotherapist or counsellor (psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, systemic, integrative) eligible to be registered with the UKCP, BPC, BABCP, AFT or BACP. Qualification in a relevant profession with training in psychology at an undergraduate and/or postgraduate level (teaching, medicine, nursing, human resources, social work, occupational therapy). All candidates should be qualified professionals who have experienced providing supervision and consultation and who as part of their employment will be able to supervise and consult to others whilst engaged in this module.

Module overview

This core module will provide an opportunity to undertake a small scale piece of research on the practice of supervision and consultation.

This module cannot be purchased as an independent CPD module.

Module aims

To develop supervisors who are able to create and critically interpret new knowledge, through original research

Through the original research produce a critically reflective study of sufficient quality to satisfy peer review, extend the evidence base of supervision and consultation and to submit the study as a research dissertation that with editing will merit publication

To further hone the learning outcomes and module content taught in module PSYM038, for example, choosing an appropriate methodology; identifying suitable methods of sampling; conducting semi-structured interviews; analysing data; critically evaluating the impact of self on the study; speculating on the generalisability of findings; communicating the research findings; writing for publication; critically evaluating the research in relation to other studies and making future recommendations

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Evaluate research outcomes and satisfactorily interpret these with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies
Demonstrate a range of generic research skills and competencies relevant to the area of supervision and consultation. These skills and competencies will include a capacity to conduct oral and written communications, computing/IT literacy, critical reasoning, data analysis, organisation and planning, problem solving, independent and group working
Show an awareness of ethical dilemmas likely to arise in research and an ability to formulate solutions in dialogue with peers, supervisees, clients and others
Produce a high quality dissertation. This includes an ability to explore various methods, methodologies and theoretical perspectives and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. There should be a capacity to critically evaluate the approaches and techniques used whilst retaining a focus upon the most significant findings
Show an understanding of the research process and how it can advance the field of supervision and consultation.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The research project will investigate some aspect of applied supervision and/or consultation practice within the workplace. Opportunities are available to use qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods methodologies. The project will contribute to a growing theoretical, and practice literature, with the potential for the development of theory, practice, policy, theory-practice linking, and enhanced ethical awareness, embedded within real world practice contexts.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Research supervision will be done through individual meetings and peer group seminars/meetings. SurreyLearn will be used by students to access to some material and to join a discussion forum.

Assessment Strategy

The summative assessment for this module consists of:


 Formative assessment and feedback

 Research Dissertation on Supervision and Consultation (10,000 words max).

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Supervision and Consultation: Psychotherapeutic and Organisational Approaches MSc(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.