Postgraduate Research Supervision

Duration 25 hours


Supervision of postgraduate research students requires an awareness of national and international contexts of local policy and procedures governing supervision.

It requires an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the supervisor and of the range of effective practices available to new and experienced supervisors.
Supervisors require support in developing a personal and effective toolkit which will assist them in the ongoing development of their practice.

You’ll Learn to

  • Identify key regulations and policies around the education of research postgraduates, and clarify roles and responsibilities of supervisors
  • Apply regulations and policies in response to a number of case studies/scenarios
  • Review video or paper resource and reflect on your own supervisory approach based on this
  • Identify key actions from this learning for your own supervisory practice

On earning your open badge award for this course, you will have achieved further recognition in the following domains of the National Professional Development Framework for Staff who Teach:

  • Domain 2 Professional Identity, Values and Development in Teaching and Learning focuses on the consideration of professional and/or disciplinary identity in given contexts. The domain supports critical reflection, recognising that an individual’s professional identity can change at different stages of their career.
  • Domain 4 Professional Knowledge and Skills ensures the individual remains current in terms of their professional/disciplinary knowledge and can implement teaching, learning and assessment approaches which promote active learning and are underpinned by a strong evidence base.

Course Developers

This open course has been developed by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with:

Dr Catherine O’Mahony

University College Cork

Aine Flynn

University College Cork

Dr Niall Smith

Munster Technological University

Dr Lucy Byrnes

National University of Ireland Galway

Dr Brendan Jennings

Waterford Institute of Technology

Kathryn McCarthy

Dublin City University

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Developer Materials (OER)

All materials generated during the development of this open course have been created (or adapted, subject to licence permissions) for use under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence as open education resources (OER).

Individuals are free to use, share, repurpose, and remix this material. Materials may include face-to-face workshop materials and eLearning materials.

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