Course Overview

This course is designed for social workers who are interested in advancing their professional training. It develops the skills and knowledge of social workers who teach student social workers in the agency/placement setting. It is also relevant for those professional social workers currently taking or giving supervision. In addition the management section of the course will offer the opportunity to explore management models and practices within varied social work settings.

The programme is offered in a blended learning format, taking in traditional and technological concepts of teaching and learning. This will lead to participants acquiring an excellent academic theoretical framework on relevant theories, policies and practices. New perspectives will also be achieved on computer-based distance learning techniques and practical competence while supervising a student on placement.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application (code) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Ms Marguerita McGovern, CQSW, Dip. Social Work, MA (Health Promotion)

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Appropriate primary degree (Level 8 ) and hold a professional social work qualification NQSW or equivalent. A minimum of three years post qualifying experience in social work is required with a recommendation that the last six months work experience be spent in the current work setting. An active interest in social work education and in particular student social work education is necessary. All participants will be required to travel to NUI Galway for teaching and have adequate broad band connection, use of a computer and basic computer skills to carry out the e-learning section of the course. Acceptance of a student on placement for 14 weeks January to April is a pre-condition of gaining entry to this programme. Therefore approval with the management of the Social Workers’ Agency will be required prior to accepting a place on the course.

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

1 July 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught and Blended Learning

ECTS weighting



Course code

GYA91, 1PGT1

Course Outline

The programme content for this Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Teaching, Supervision and Management is divided into two main categories: The taught and e-learning component of the course in Semester 1 and the supervised placement and portfolio component in Semester 2.

Semester 1
  • Advanced Practice Teaching
  • Advanced Supervision

Semester 2
  • MSW Student supervision January–April
  • Portfolio presentations. Evaluating outcomes and identifying research opportunities
  • Management and Social Work

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course will further explore the areas of advanced supervision and management with a view to career advancement and continued professional development.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

 Acceptance of a student on placement for 14 weeks, January to April, is a pre-condition of gaining entry to this programme. Therefore approval with the management of the Social Workers' Agency will be required prior to accepting a place on the course.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€1,050** p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€826 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€13,250 p.a. 2018/19
**EU students pay €300 of the €1,050 fee. The remaining €750 is paid by the School of Political Science & Sociology

Find out More

Ms Marguerita McGovern
School of Political Science & Sociology
T +353 91 495 295