Develop advanced clinical and professional supervision skills while learning alongside practitioners from a wide range of professions. Grow your skillset through short block-courses and online flexible self-directed study, with feedback from peers and lecturers. This multi-disciplinary programme is designed to meet the demand for qualified supervisors in social and human services.
Throughout the programme you will examine the concept, role, purpose and benefits of professional supervision and explore a range of theoretical and practical models and approaches, including anti-oppressive and cross-cultural dynamics within supervision. Through classroom presentations, small group practice and written assignments, you will develop and integrate advanced knowledge, skills and values of professional supervision.
Through elective courses you will have an opportunity to develop critical skills in staff management and explore teaching and learning strategies for supervising students on field education placements. With direct applications to your current workplace, the programme offers the opportunity to fine-tune your group supervision skills and cover the complex dimensions of stress and trauma encountered by health and human services workers. You may also study a special topic of your interest.
View the Core Papers flyer and Elective Papers flyer
This 120-point programme is delivered through face-to-face block-courses at Epsom Campus with online/study-guide support. It comprises two 30-point core courses and 60 points from a choice of elective courses.
If you have already completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision, it is possible to credit the courses passed for the certificate to this PGDipProfSup, leaving only a further 60 points to complete.
- PROFSUPV 700 The Practice of Professional Supervision (30 points)
(offered over 3 two-day blocks approximately one month apart)
- PROFSUPV 701 Advanced Approaches in Professional Supervision (30 points)
(offered over 3 two-day blocks approximately one month apart)
60 points from the recommended elective courses in Professional Supervision:
- PROFSUPV 707 Supervision Folio (30 points)
- PROFSUPV 710 Stress and Trauma in Health and Human Services (30 points)
- PROFSUPV 712 Critical Approaches in Reflective Supervision
- PROFSUPV 714 Managing and Developing People in Human Services (30 points)
- PROFSUPV 715 Practice Teaching and Learning (30 points)
- PROFSUPV 716 Special Topic Group Supervision (30 points)
- PROFSUPV 717 Special Study (15 points)
- PROFSUPV 718 Special Topic (30 points)
Find out more about the taught courses available for this programme.
You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.
2023 entry requirements
You must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognised university (or similar institution) and be currently employed in health, counselling, social services, legal services, education, human services or similar professional context.
You will also need at least three years’ experience in health, counselling, social services, legal services, education, human services or similar professional context.
Further programme requirements
English language requirements
If you are an international applicant whose first language is not English you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency.
You will require an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0. See alternative English language requirements.
How much does a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Supervision cost per year?
- Domestic students
- International students
Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.38 per point, estimated at $1,005.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.
*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.
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Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.
Application closing dates
- Semester One 2023
- 8 December 2022
- Semester Two 2023
- 4 July 2023
Here are the start dates for the programme.
|Semester One||Starts – 27 February|
|Ends – 26 June|
|Semester Two||Starts – 17 July|
|Ends – 13 November|
|Semester One||Starts – 26 February|
|Ends – 24 June|
|Semester Two||Starts – 15 July|
|Ends – 11 November|
Other important dates
See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.
View our study pathways guide to help you decide whether this programme is right for you.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your study options, please get in touch with our dedicated postgraduate coordinator:
Postgraduate Taught Coordinator
Phone: +64 9 623 8899 ext. 48732
Where could this programme take you?
This programme provides an opportunity to learn and reflect alongside course colleagues from a broad range of health and allied health professions, social workers, counsellors, legal workers, educators and human services workers. This advanced qualification aims to meet the need for qualified supervisors in the social services sector.
Jobs related to this programme
- Clinical supervisor
- External supervisor
- Practice leader
- Professional supervisor
- Social work supervisor
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