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University of Auckland

Auckland , North Island ,New Zealand

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Supervision

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 program is designed to meet the demand for qualified supervisors in social and human services.

Throughout the program, 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 program 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 interest.

Campus Information

Epsom Campus

The Epsom Campus is the main campus for the Faculty of Education and Social Work and is home to approximately 3500 students.


  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

10 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

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

PSW Opportunity

You can apply for a Post-study Work Visa for up to 3 years.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Programme 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