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In the most recent CIPD Learning and Development Survey in the UK, three quarters of organisations surveyed offer coaching and mentoring, with sixty-five percent expecting to see an increase in the use of coaching in the future. Read more
In the most recent CIPD Learning and Development Survey in the UK, three quarters of organisations surveyed offer coaching and mentoring, with sixty-five percent expecting to see an increase in the use of coaching in the future. The emergence of coaching both as an area of professional practice is widely recognised. Coaching is seen as a significant intervention to create a capable and resilient work force able to adapt to new challenges and thrive in today’s tough global economic climate. Coaching is seen as a key leadership skill.

On this part-time MA in Coaching course you will integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching practice. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of theories and then relate that understanding to the skills and approaches necessary to develop professionally as a coach. This will help you to research and inform your models and modes of coaching practice. To be an effective coach we believe it is important to attend to your personal and emotional development as a coach. With this in mind, we do not just to teach coaching skills or promote ‘one best model’ of coaching. We allow you to explore and expand your coaching repertoire, with structured reflective practice, tutor input, coaching practice as coach and coachee and coach-supervisor support. This enables you to apply your knowledge to a variety of working contexts.

This course offers three distinct awards: Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters Awards; you can exit the course at any stage and continue your studies at a later date.

Learn From The Best

The course is delivered by a team of experienced practising coaches, who are engaged in research into coaching and who have a passion for coaching as a developmental approach. The course, in addition to being an academic qualification is a practical course; preparing you for professional coaching practice and through compilation of a portfolio; individual accreditation with the Association for Coaching.

Teaching And Assessment

The learning approach will be student-centred; placing great emphasis on you reflecting upon your experiences of coaching in order to develop your understanding of your practice of coaching. The course will engage you in independent and guided study. Activities, to be completed between the workshops might include reading, research, gathering data about personal and organisational practices, reflecting on how practice relates to theory, preparing written assessment reports and collating appropriate evidence.

As part of the workshops, there will be tutor led discussions on coaching related theories, models and approaches, exploring the relevance of these in a range of contexts and the implications of use in practice. You will have an opportunity to share your experiences and practice both within the workshops and during peer coaching practice between the workshops. This enables you to experience being a coach, coachee and an observer to appreciate the roles of each within the coaching process to inform your practice. You will receive formative feedback from tutors and peers.

In addition you will be a member of a coaching learning set, where you will discuss and review your practice with student peers; enabling the sharing of best practice and gaining new insights into your practice as a coach. This shared learning process, supported by a coaching feedback framework will enable you to analyse and evaluate your approach. There will also be the opportunity to engage in coaching supervision, where a coaching supervisor will facilitate a discussion on your coaching practice, challenges and insights. This will support your learning and practice as a coach and your future professional development

You will be assessed in a variety of ways in line with the philosophy of developing you as a reflective coaching practitioner, operating within professional ethical guidelines. The aim of each assignment is to help you to learn and develop from your on-going practice and through engagement with the wider coaching community. Examples include: Reflective essays considering your developing coaching identity; assessed coaching practice; a strategic recommendation for implementing coaching in a case study organisation and a sample audio recording along with a reflective analysis of some your work with clients.

Learning Environment

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities to support your learning experience. You will primarily be based in our purpose-built Business School, which boasts exceptional facilities such as classrooms, social spaces, Harvard-style lecture theatres, and hub areas.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning plays a major part in all of our teaching and this course offers the opportunity to study coaching to Masters level and engage in the latest coaching research. The teaching team are all engaged in coaching research.

Previous students have commended us on their learning experience and there is an opportunity to engage with our regional network of professional coaches.

Give Your Career An Edge

This course will support your professional development as a coach; allowing you to explore and expand your coaching repertoire. With coach-supervisor support, the course provides a platform for you to apply your knowledge and practice of coaching to a variety of working contexts.

The course also provides opportunities to explore potential business development and to expand your range of potential coaching client groups.

Your Future

This course will further enhance your knowledge and skills in coaching, providing you with an advanced qualification that will be highly regarded by employers, clients and a wide range of organisations.

On completion of this course you may choose to work on a freelance basis, or as part of a large organisation or small coaching practice. You may also wish to pursue a career as a people development specialist.

Upon graduation you may wish apply for professional accreditation with a range global professional coaching bodies to further enhance your skill set and employability in the UK and abroad.

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In the most recent CIPD Learning and Development Survey in the UK, three quarters of organisations surveyed offer coaching and mentoring, with sixty-five percent expecting to see an increase in the use of coaching in the future. Read more
In the most recent CIPD Learning and Development Survey in the UK, three quarters of organisations surveyed offer coaching and mentoring, with sixty-five percent expecting to see an increase in the use of coaching in the future.

The emergence of coaching both as an area of professional practice is widely recognised. Coaching is seen as a significant intervention to create a capable and resilient work force able to adapt to new challenges and thrive in today’s tough global economic climate. Coaching is seen as a key leadership skill.

On this part-time MA in Coaching course you will integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching practice. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of theories and then relate that understanding to the skills and approaches necessary to develop professionally as a coach. This will help you to research and inform your models and modes of coaching practice. To be an effective coach we believe it is important to attend to your personal and emotional development as a coach. With this in mind, we do not just to teach coaching skills or promote ‘one best model’ of coaching. We allow you to explore and expand your coaching repertoire, with structured reflective practice, tutor input, coaching practice as coach and coachee and coach-supervisor support. This enables you to apply your knowledge to a variety of working contexts.

This course offers three distinct awards: Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters Awards; you can exit the course at any stage and continue your studies at a later date.

Learn From The Best

The course is delivered by a team of experienced practising coaches, who are engaged in research into coaching and who have a passion for coaching as a developmental approach. The course, in addition to being an academic qualification is a practical course; preparing you for professional coaching practice and through compilation of a portfolio; individual accreditation with the Association for Coaching.

Teaching And Assessment

The learning approach will be student-centred; placing great emphasis on you reflecting upon your experiences of coaching in order to develop your understanding of your practice of coaching. The course will engage you in independent and guided study. Activities, to be completed between the workshops might include reading, research, gathering data about personal and organisational practices, reflecting on how practice relates to theory, preparing written assessment reports and collating appropriate evidence.

As part of the workshops, there will be tutor led discussions on coaching related theories, models and approaches, exploring the relevance of these in a range of contexts and the implications of use in practice. You will have an opportunity to share your experiences and practice both within the workshops and during peer coaching practice between the workshops. This enables you to experience being a coach, coachee and an observer to appreciate the roles of each within the coaching process to inform your practice. You will receive formative feedback from tutors and peers.

In addition you will be a member of a coaching learning set, where you will discuss and review your practice with student peers; enabling the sharing of best practice and gaining new insights into your practice as a coach. This shared learning process, supported by a coaching feedback framework will enable you to analyse and evaluate your approach. There will also be the opportunity to engage in coaching supervision, where a coaching supervisor will facilitate a discussion on your coaching practice, challenges and insights. This will support your learning and practice as a coach and your future professional development

You will be assessed in a variety of ways in line with the philosophy of developing you as a reflective coaching practitioner, operating within professional ethical guidelines. The aim of each assignment is to help you to learn and develop from your on-going practice and through engagement with the wider coaching community. Examples include: Reflective essays considering your developing coaching identity; assessed coaching practice; a strategic recommendation for implementing coaching in a case study organisation and a sample audio recording along with a reflective analysis of some your work with clients.

Learning Environment

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities to support your learning experience. You will primarily be based in our purpose-built Business School, which boasts exceptional facilities such as classrooms, social spaces, Harvard-style lecture theatres, and hub areas.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning plays a major part in all of our teaching and this course offers the opportunity to study coaching to Masters level and engage in the latest coaching research. The teaching team are all engaged in coaching research.

Previous students have commended us on their learning experience and there is an opportunity to engage with our regional network of professional coaches.

Give Your Career An Edge

This course will support your professional development as a coach; allowing you to explore and expand your coaching repertoire. With coach-supervisor support, the course provides a platform for you to apply your knowledge and practice of coaching to a variety of working contexts.

The course also provides opportunities to explore potential business development and to expand your range of potential coaching client groups.

Your Future

This course will further enhance your knowledge and skills in coaching, providing you with an advanced qualification that will be highly regarded by employers, clients and a wide range of organisations.

On completion of this course you may choose to work on a freelance basis, or as part of a large organisation or small coaching practice. You may also wish to pursue a career as a people development specialist.

Upon graduation you may wish apply for professional accreditation with a range global professional coaching bodies to further enhance your skill set and employability in the UK and abroad.

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In the most recent CIPD Learning and Development Survey in the UK, three quarters of organisations surveyed offer coaching and mentoring, with sixty-five percent expecting to see an increase in the use of coaching in the future. Read more
In the most recent CIPD Learning and Development Survey in the UK, three quarters of organisations surveyed offer coaching and mentoring, with sixty-five percent expecting to see an increase in the use of coaching in the future. The emergence of coaching both as an area of professional practice is widely recognised. Coaching is seen as a significant intervention to create a capable and resilient work force able to adapt to new challenges and thrive in today’s tough global economic climate. Coaching is seen as a key leadership skill.

On this part-time MA in Coaching course you will integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching practice. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of theories and then relate that understanding to the skills and approaches necessary to develop professionally as a coach. This will help you to research and inform your models and modes of coaching practice. To be an effective coach we believe it is important to attend to your personal and emotional development as a coach. With this in mind, we do not just to teach coaching skills or promote ‘one best model’ of coaching. We allow you to explore and expand your coaching repertoire, with structured reflective practice, tutor input, coaching practice as coach and coachee and coach-supervisor support. This enables you to apply your knowledge to a variety of working contexts.

This course offers three distinct awards: Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters Awards; you can exit the course at any stage and continue your studies at a later date.

Learn From The Best

The course is delivered by a team of experienced practising coaches, who are engaged in research into coaching and who have a passion for coaching as a developmental approach. The course, in addition to being an academic qualification is a practical course; preparing you for professional coaching practice and through compilation of a portfolio; individual accreditation with the Association for Coaching.

Teaching And Assessment

The learning approach will be student-centred; placing great emphasis on you reflecting upon your experiences of coaching in order to develop your understanding of your practice of coaching. The course will engage you in independent and guided study. Activities, to be completed between the workshops might include reading, research, gathering data about personal and organisational practices, reflecting on how practice relates to theory, preparing written assessment reports and collating appropriate evidence.

As part of the workshops, there will be tutor led discussions on coaching related theories, models and approaches, exploring the relevance of these in a range of contexts and the implications of use in practice. You will have an opportunity to share your experiences and practice both within the workshops and during peer coaching practice between the workshops. This enables you to experience being a coach, coachee and an observer to appreciate the roles of each within the coaching process to inform your practice. You will receive formative feedback from tutors and peers.

In addition you will be a member of a coaching learning set, where you will discuss and review your practice with student peers; enabling the sharing of best practice and gaining new insights into your practice as a coach. This shared learning process, supported by a coaching feedback framework will enable you to analyse and evaluate your approach. There will also be the opportunity to engage in coaching supervision, where a coaching supervisor will facilitate a discussion on your coaching practice, challenges and insights. This will support your learning and practice as a coach and your future professional development.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways in line with the philosophy of developing you as a reflective coaching practitioner, operating within professional ethical guidelines. The aim of each assignment is to help you to learn and develop from your on-going practice and through engagement with the wider coaching community. Examples include: Reflective essays considering your developing coaching identity; assessed coaching practice; a strategic recommendation for implementing coaching in a case study organisation and a sample audio recording along with a reflective analysis of some your work with clients.

Learning Environment

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities to support your learning experience. You will primarily be based in our purpose-built Business School, which boasts exceptional facilities such as classrooms, social spaces, Harvard-style lecture theatres, and hub areas.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning plays a major part in all of our teaching and this course offers the opportunity to study coaching to Masters level and engage in the latest coaching research. The teaching team are all engaged in coaching research.

Previous students have commended us on their learning experience and there is an opportunity to engage with our regional network of professional coaches.

Give Your Career An Edge

This course will support your professional development as a coach; allowing you to explore and expand your coaching repertoire. With coach-supervisor support, the course provides a platform for you to apply your knowledge and practice of coaching to a variety of working contexts.

The course also provides opportunities to explore potential business development and to expand your range of potential coaching client groups.

Your Future

This course will further enhance your knowledge and skills in coaching, providing you with an advanced qualification that will be highly regarded by employers, clients and a wide range of organisations.

On completion of this course you may choose to work on a freelance basis, or as part of a large organisation or small coaching practice. You may also wish to pursue a career as a people development specialist.

Upon graduation you may wish apply for professional accreditation with a range global professional coaching bodies to further enhance your skill set and employability in the UK and abroad.

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Investigate the challenges and opportunities that the contemporary sports coach faces in working with their athletes to help produce optimum performance and outcomes. Read more
Investigate the challenges and opportunities that the contemporary sports coach faces in working with their athletes to help produce optimum performance and outcomes.

This is a course where you will benefit from exploring a curriculum that is focused on effective coaching practice at both a strategic and operational level. This includes detailed coverage of reflective practice, skilled performance under pressure and the study of effective group dynamics and leadership. A recurring approach used within this course is the application of theoretical learning to real-life coaching situations.

As the first course of its kind in the UK to be delivered fully online, you will benefit from Staffordshire University’s well-established distance learning platform. This will give you a highly effective way to develop your knowledge, expertise and professional skills to further enhance your coaching capabilities, whilst studying at a time and place that suits you.

The modules studied are broken down into identifiable units to support your learning, keep you engaged and provide interaction between yourself and fellow students and tutors.

Modules

-Effective Coaching 1: Strategy and Practice
-Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis
-Group Dynamics and Leadership in Sport & Exercise
-Effective Coaching 2: Reflective Practice
-Skilled Performance Under Pressure
-Masters Research Project

Other admission requirements

Candidates with appropriate degrees (or equivalent) in other subjects will also be considered if they have significant relevant employment experience in sports coaching or a demonstrable interest in (or commitment to) areas related to sports coaching as evidenced by possession of (or working towards) a UK level 3 coaching qualification or equivalent. You must be able to demonstrate a good standard of English. A minimum score of IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all bands) or an equivalent qualification.

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On this part-time MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice course you will integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring. Read more

On this part-time MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice course you will integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of theories and then relate that understanding to the skills and approaches necessary to develop professionally as a coach or mentor. This will help to inform your models and modes of practice and lead to interesting and useful research. With the support of a unique blend of tutor input and individual coach-supervisor support, you will apply your knowledge to a variety of working contexts.

As well as an internationally recognised qualification from Oxford Brookes University, you can also gain fast track ‘Professional Member’ entry to theAssociation of Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS)

This course is aimed at internal or external coaches, consultants, mentor co-ordinators, coaching psychologists, counsellors, managers, human resources development or leadership professionals from the voluntary, public and private sectors. It is not always necessary to have a degree, as long as you have an appropriate level of experience.

Why choose this course?

This practice-based course has several unique elements, each designed to enhance your learning experience:

  • It is delivered via a series of monthly study days held in Oxford (Wheatley Campus) plus regular online workshops and conferencing to support and extend your learning. Regular online workshops and discussions support the face-to-face sessions.
  • Approximately 50% of the programme is delivered online, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments. The course is also available in Hong Kong at the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education. For further details please visit their website.
  • The focus is on your personal and professional development as well as relevant organisational and psychological dimensions of coaching and mentoring.
  • Throughout the first year of study you have your own independent, professional coach-supervisor to support the development of your coaching or mentoring. In the second year of study you have an academic supervisor to guide you as you deepen your understanding and undertake a piece of research.

Course structure

This part-time course consists of seven modules of study amounting to 180 credits. You will study the certificate stage (three 20-credit modules), through to the diploma stage (three further 20-credit modules) and finally a master's dissertation (60 credits). Should you wish, you are able to step off the programme at the end of the certificate or diploma stages and graduate with that award.

Please see the course structure chart.

  • Coaching and Mentoring Practice Fundamentals
  • Transformational Learning and Adult Development
  • Psychotherapeutic Dimensions of Coaching and Mentoring

After successfully completing these three modules, you may leave the programme and graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.

At the diploma stage, participants complete three further modules:

  • Advanced Coaching and Mentoring Practice

In addition, there are optional modules which fit your particular area of interest. You select two modules from the following:

  • Psychological Perspectives on the Self
  • Coaching and Mentoring in Organisations
  • Independent Study (may be work-based or theoretical)
  • Research in Coaching and Mentoring (compulsory for students completing the full MA)

After successfully completing these three modules, you may leave the programme and graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.Master's-level study consists of a 60-credit Dissertation module. It involves a piece of investigative research which focuses on a research problem of particular interest to you and is often work-based.

After successfully completing your dissertation, you will graduate with an MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.

Teaching and learning

This programme is taught through a series of Friday or Saturday seminars and workshops (approximately one a month). We use a variety of teaching and learning methods designed to enable you to develop active learning techniques, reflect on practice and undertake independent research. You can choose Friday or Saturday as your preferred day of attendance.

Approximately 50% of the programme is delivered online in the Oxford Brookes virtual learning environment through which you can discuss, debate and support each other in your studies. You are encouraged to communicate electronically with your supervisor and tutors (eg by email, Skype, etc).

All teaching, learning and assessment activities draw on the professional backgrounds, experience and knowledge of all participants and encourage critical reflection. Teaching staff have research interests and expertise in coaching and mentoring and related fields. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide further input. You can attend events from the Oxford Brookes Coaching and Mentoring Society (OBCAMS), which meets monthly, and attracts outside speakers and presenters from all areas of coaching and mentoring.

Approach to assessment

All assessment is based on a variety of coursework assignments and a dissertation - there are no exams.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. . Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

We have invested over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and created a new home at Headington for the Business School.

Completed in 2017 it contains:

  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre.
  • A new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations.
  • Social learning spaces and a cafe.
  • A new gateway into the Headington Campus.

Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.

Attendance pattern

The programme is taught through a series of Friday or Saturday seminars and workshops (approximately one a month).



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The programme is designed to meet the needs of adult learners who wish to develop their knowledge of coaching and mentoring, and to develop key practical abilities. Read more

The programme is designed to meet the needs of adult learners who wish to develop their knowledge of coaching and mentoring, and to develop key practical abilities.

Coaching and mentoring are underpinned by two important philosophies. First, ‘people are experts in their own life and work’ and second, ‘the solution lies within’. In practice this means that coaching and mentoring are processes which enable and facilitate independent thinking, autonomy and self- efficacy.

This programme creates an environment in which participants work collaboratively to share information and insights and to develop knowledge and skills in the tradition of the ‘coaching and mentoring way’.

The course is run on a part-time basis and typically takes about one year to complete.

Course structure

Investing your time, effort and energy in the programme will develop your skills, knowledge and practice to the highest level. This will place you in a strong position to offer employers and clients just what they are looking for.

Our programme will help you:

  • acquire and develop specialist knowledge, understanding and skills in mentoring and coaching
  • achieve personal insight and the development of a reflective learning capability
  • learn about new theories, ideas and concepts about mentoring and coaching
  • learn how to develop practical ways of implementing those theories, ideas and concepts within the workplace, whether as a manager or a consultant

The work-based nature of most assignments means that you can apply your new ideas and thinking to real challenges you are facing in your work.

There are three modules:

  • Coaching & Mentoring Skills & Techniques
  • Coaching & Mentoring Management & Leadership 

       With either:

  • Designing & Operating Coaching & Mentoring Schemes

     Or

  • Individual Development through Coaching and Mentoring

(Subject to approval)

Through these modules you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The effective practice of coaching and mentoring in a variety of settings
  • A critical understanding of the roles and functions of coaching and mentoring in a variety of settings
  • Critical awareness of current issues in coaching and mentoring
  • The effective practice of coaching and mentoring to develop leadership and enhance performance
  • Decision-making in unpredictable situations
  • Self-direction and autonomous skill in tackling problems, planning and implementing solutions
  • Personal responsibility for continuing to develop your own knowledge and skill

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.



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The Anglia Ruskin University Applied Positive Psychology MSc is a taught postgraduate course offering full-time and part-time study options. Read more

The Anglia Ruskin University Applied Positive Psychology MSc is a taught postgraduate course offering full-time and part-time study options.

Students complete a combination of core and optional modules to earn a full 180 credit Master of Science qualification. Some modules may take place in Cambridge, Paris or online.

Put yourself at the forefront of this developing discipline by joining a strand of applied psychology only offered at a few universities across the world. Discover and discuss the nature of happiness, what helps people thrive and make a difference to everyday lives.

Positive psychology is life changing. Our course helps you investigate the science behind how we can prepare for more successful lives and better well-being, through challenging existing cognitive and emotional patterns and encouraging positivity with evidence-based activities.

You’ll be introduced to research and interventions around topics like positive and negative emotions, character strengths, motivation, resilience, creativity, wisdom and other conditions shown to make a difference to the lives of individuals, groups and organisations. You'll constantly test your skills and apply them to real-life situations, coming to understand which tools and strategies to use in delivering meaningful, high-impact interventions.

You’ll use your new skills to shape businesses, education and communities. Our wide choice of modules means that, whether you work in coaching, business, education or health, you can tailor your studies to your career goals. Our course will also suit you if you have a BSc in psychology and want to further your knowledge.

Our course is taught in Cambridge and Paris. In Paris, teaching takes place at Centre d’Études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques (CEDS), right in the centre of Paris near the Eiffel Tower. In Cambridge, you’ll also have access to our advanced psychology laboratories.

You’ll complete four intensive week-long modules, followed by online research methods teaching and supervision for your major project. In-between times you’ll undertake self-directed study.

Our tutors are leaders in the field of positive psychology. They include:

‌• Dr Ilona Boniwell, CEO of Positran

‌• Dr Richard Piech, cognitive neuroscientist

‌• Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh, Managing Director of Growth Coaching

‌• Bridget Grenville-Cleave, Director of WorkMad

‌• Alexandre Jost, head of Spinoza Factory, a happiness think-tank

‌• J‌ean-Christophe Barralis and Jean Pages, directors of the French Institute of Appreciative Inquiry.

For an informal chat about our course please contact programme leaders Richard Piech or Ilona Boniwell.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applied-positive-psychology

Careers

You could find yourself using positive psychology within training, government, an organisation or even in life coaching. You might want to use the sustainable well-being and development skills you gain in the charity, social enterprise or heath sectors. Or you could even use the methods to transform a business or help develop and optimise the potential of a group, community or institution.

If you’re a qualified clinical psychologist, counsellor or psychotherapist, you’ll find positive psychology theory, research and applications will benefit your clinical work. Teachers, youth workers and educators also use positive psychology expertise in their work. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Psychology PhD.

Modules & Assessment

Optional modules -

‌• Introduction to Positive Psychology (Cambridge or Paris)

‌• Neuroscience of Well-being (Cambridge)

‌• Positive Child Development (Cambridge)

‌• Positive Relationships (Cambridge)

‌• Positive Psychology for Practitioners (Cambridge)

‌• Well-being: Economic, Social and Behavioural Causes (Cambridge)

‌• Positive Performance (Paris)

‌• Positive Psychology Coaching (Paris)

‌• Positive Education (Paris)

‌• Positive Organisations and Appreciative Inquiry (Paris)

‌• Positive Society (Paris)

Core modules -

‌• Research Methods for Psychology (online)

‌• Major Project (online)

Assessment

100% of your assessment will be through coursework. This could include essays, blogs, a reflective portfolio, self-reflective log, handouts, video presentation, mind maps, reports, a research proposal and a major project. You'll also get the chance to carry out an applied project in either a personal or professional setting, to give you experience of how positive psychology can be implemented in practice.

- Module notes

You’ll choose four modules from the list of 12 available across Cambridge and Paris, including one research module (quantitative or qualitative). You'll also complete a major project.

Where you'll study

Paris - You'll study at Centre d’Études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques (CEDS), near the Eiffel Tower.

http://www.heip.fr/?ceds=true

Cambridge - Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/cambridge-campus

Funding

The following postgraduate funding may be available to study the Applied Positive Psychology MSc at Anglia Ruskin University.

UK postgraduate loans:

Erasmus funding:

Funding from FindAMasters:

Fees

Full Time (UK / EU): £10,200

Part Time (UK / EU): £4,600



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The MSc Career Coaching programme has been designed to reflect the growing interest in career coaching by individuals seeking to manage their career development more effectively; and by organisations who want to develop the talent and resilience of their staff. Read more
The MSc Career Coaching programme has been designed to reflect the growing interest in career coaching by individuals seeking to manage their career development more effectively; and by organisations who want to develop the talent and resilience of their staff. This level of interest is reflected in the progression pathway for talent management that features in the National Occupation Standards (NOS) for Career Development set by the Career Development Institute (CDI). The course will therefore appeal to UK and international students who are existing human service professionals who want to develop their career coaching skills; those who are considering entering the role; and existing career coaches who are seeking a course that is professionally accredited by the CDI (subject to approval).

The MSc Career Coaching with Professional Experience, is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.

Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The course has a number of innovatory features appealing to both home and international students. Firstly, its blended learning approach that takes advantage of the latest development in learning technologies can offer flexible routes for those wishing to combine work and study. Secondly, it will include international theories and models to ensure the course has global relevance. Thirdly, it can help prepare learners for working on a self-employed basis as well as operating as part of dynamic and changing organisations. In addition to providing learners the opportunity to develop employability skills and career prospects, the course should also develop sound and ethical practice in order to meet the demands of National Occupational Standards for Career Coaching (as featured in the ‘Talent Management’ career pathway established by the Career Development Institute).

The course is aimed at those wishing to develop or enhance their current career path, as well as those wishing to progress from an undergraduate degree, such as psychology, childhood and youth studies, social work, and social and healthcare management, into career coaching. The course content can be offered on a CPD basis to a range of professionals who are seeking to develop their talent management skills.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The core theme are:
-Theories of Career Coaching and Development
-Models of Career Coaching Interventions
-Applied Social Research for Professional Practice
-Consultancy and Coaching for Change
-Professional Practice and Personal Development
-International Models of Career Coaching
-Researching Career Opportunities
-Global Professional Practice
-Professional Practice Dissertation
-Additional six month internship opportunity

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

-Providing opportunity to Enhance and develop skills of existing employees, such as supervisors and managers, to further their continuing professional development.
-Offering the potential for professional accreditation (subject to approval) by the CDI.
-Developing learners’ employability and entrepreneurialism to enable them to take advantage of self-employment opportunities.

WORK PLACEMENTS

Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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This course provides an essential foundation for future leaders in organisations who wish to optimise the value in-use and cost in-use for long-life engineering assets such as planes, trains, ships, vehicles, power-plants, machine tools, buildings etc. . Read more

This course provides an essential foundation for future leaders in organisations who wish to optimise the value in-use and cost in-use for long-life engineering assets such as planes, trains, ships, vehicles, power-plants, machine tools, buildings etc. 

Many of the premier UK industrial organisations are increasingly dependent upon Through-life Engineering Services (TES) to compete, gain market share, generate revenue and profit. This course offers through-life thinking to enable change leaders in organisations to embrace new and integrated approaches to develop superior through-life support capability to meet shareholder and stakeholder demands.

Who is it for?

Developed by Cranfield University in conjunction with Rolls-Royce and Bombardier Transportation, this MSc has been designed for individuals at organisations where there is a growing emphasis on revenue being derived from providing the services that keep products operating effectively, rather than the design, manufacture and delivery of original equipment (hardware). The individual will be engaged in a discipline related to through-life management, support, asset management, and/or maintenance. The course is relevant to TES dependent organisations, engineers, business administrators, logistics, finance and commercial practitioners. 

We aim to enhance your skills, and address the need for highly trained individuals involved in the support of complex equipment and systems. The skills gained in the course is expected to contribute to the achievement of competitive advantage for your organisation. The course is structured to allow maximum benefit from learning with minimum time away from the working environment.

Focused on educating leaders in the fields of through-life engineering services systems, design and planning, maintenance assessment and operations management, engineering and technology including condition-based maintenance and health management, standards and regulation, information technology, contracts and policy, life extension and obsolescence management, cost modelling and control.

Informed by Industry

Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. In particular the guidance provided by the TES Council (including organisations such as Rolls-Royce, MoD, BAE Systems, Babcock International and Leonardo) have been instrumental in making the course cutting edge. Students who have excelled have their performances recognised through course awards. The awards, presented on Graduation Day, are provided by high profile organisations and individuals, and are often sponsored by our industrial partners.

Accreditation

The MSc in Through-Life System Sustainment is subject to ratification by Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) & Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting for the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer following an accreditation assessment in March 2015. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Please note accreditation applies to the MSc award. PgDip and PgCert do not meet in full the further learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Course details

The MSc course comprises eight assessed modules (in the form of six assignments and two exams), in which students gain an understanding of world-class business practice, an industry led group and an individual project. Students are also supported through individual coaching and an online learning platform. 

The current fee for the MSc is £18,400 over two years. This is composed of: £2,000 per year registration fee and £1,800 per module (eight in total). If a candidate completes in three years there will be an additional years’ registration fee to pay.

Group project

The group project gives a team of students the opportunity to take on responsibility for a consultancy type project working for an industrial sponsor. The group project is determined in collaboration with the sponsor organisation and will aim to solve real-world problems. Note: A dissertation can replace the group project.

The project details an investigative research project on the subject of the Digital Twin. The project reviews a wide range of literature to identify the state of the art and also conducts a survey to provide detailed insight. The concept of a Digital Twin is defined and a potential Digital Twin is mapped using systems engineering techniques. This definition and system map is then used to assess the potential benefits of the Digital Twin to an in-service product. The paper describes the development of a use case on an HP Turbine blade to demonstrate how the Digital Twin can improve decision making. The paper concludes with a Roadmap which defines the capabilities, requirements and benefits which will be necessary to develop a full scale Digital Twin.

Individual project

The individual project allows students to demonstrate their ability to think and work in an original way and overcome genuine real life challenges. Your sponsor nominates the topic - the individual project is conducted in the workplace.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, Group project (or dissertation) 20%, Individual project 40%

Your career

Successful completion of this course takes you onto careers with higher levels of responsibility, a broader base of skills and capability and a greater level of professionalism.



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his applied MBA takes a holistic approach to strategic leadership, responding to business change, globalisation and organisational complexities. Read more
his applied MBA takes a holistic approach to strategic leadership, responding to business change, globalisation and organisational complexities. Develop the knowledge and skills needed to manage and lead change – and to create sustainable competitive advantage.

7 reasons to take your MBA here

1. Flexible delivery modes: Designed to suit busy senior professionals - Block Mode - complete in 12 months, with classes Friday (day and evening) plus Saturday.
2. Taught by experienced academics and practitioners: with national and international reputations, who contribute to public policy debate and publish original research.
3.Two residential weekends: intensive learning, life coaching, networking and skills development weekends - where you can learn from (and with) your fellow MBA participants.
4. Live case-study learning: consolidate and apply your learning to real business situations and propose clear, evidence-based solutions to contemporary business problems.
5. Personal growth: develop transferable skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, innovation, creativity, resilience, dealing with ambiguity, persuasive advocacy, problem solving and critical thinking.
6. CMI professional accreditation: opportunity to obtain the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 8 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.
7. Consultancy practice and start-up advice: you'll be able to gain hands-on consultancy experience through the Business Solutions Centre, offering advice to SMEs, as well as accessing business start-up advice for your own entrepreneurial ventures.

An MBA develops...

• your analytical understanding of international business through the critical analysis of new concepts, managerial practices and alternatives
• your strategic thinking applied to a business context
• your skills for leading change, making decisions, adapting to changing circumstances, enterprise and sustainability
•your cultural intelligence in an increasingly multicultural globalised business environment
• the business analysis techniques you'll need, including the ability to select the appropriate analytical tools.

On completion...

• you'll understand business stakeholders, resources and financing; maximising efficiency to add value to an organisation and society
• you'll be able to critically analyse and take informed decisions within the constraints of complex global business environments
• you'll integrate functional knowledge and apply your strategic management skills to successfully manage, negotiate, lead and manage teams through the constantly changing environment to achieve organisational goals
• you'll operate ethically and effectively, acting with integrity in cross-cultural settings and understanding the nature of globalisation
• understand how you can enhance their career and have a commitment to lifelong learning
• as an MBA graduate you can be confident that you'll succeed in a wide range of management, leadership roles and entrepreneurial roles, independent of industry or sector.

Modules

Inside the modern organisation
Creating transformational organisational strategy
Leading change, performance and effectiveness
Applied management consultancy
MBA business project

Optional modules:

Managing virtual work
Intercultural management
Everyday sustainability for business
Managing across cultures
Business ethics
Integrated marketing communications
International brand management
International banking
Institutional fund management
Corporate governance – principles and practice
Global operations and logistics
Business data for decision making
Enterprise and entrepreneurial management
International trade policy and analysis
Leading continuous quality improvement in healthcare
Mentoring and coaching for leadership in healthcare
Leading in patient and public engagement
Public management and policy
Management in Not for Profit organisations

Teaching and learning

The core areas of study are based on the following key themes:

• Inside the Modern Organisation
• Creating Transformative Competitive Advantage
•Leading Change, Performance and Effectiveness
• Applied Consultancy

Each of these four themes is informed by six strands of subject specialist knowledge: Economics, Accounting and Finance, Human Resource Management, Operations and Project Management, Marketing and Leadership and Strategic Management. The delivery of the modules is sequential so that you're able to apply the latest managerial theories to a real life situation in a holistic approach from the outset.

Although the acquisition of knowledge and understanding will be delivered through a variety of strategies, the use of real life case studies is central to our teaching and learning strategy.

Strategy for teaching and learning

Real life case study:
At the start of the course each participant chooses a case study (or case studies if one does not cover all scenarios) based on their disciplinary background and/ or the chosen MBA flavour. The teaching methods are integrated throughout the four core modules and demonstrated in examples and applied to the case study. For example, under the first module-Inside the Modern Organisation – the case study is used so that the participant can address the key issues across the various disciplinary streams.

Master classes:
A series of master classes delivered by external experts in the various specialist fields will be delivered throughout the academic year enabling our students to engage with contemporary management issues.

Residential weekends:
Two residential events will support students learning

Lectures, seminars and workshops:
Each of the four core modules will be delivered by a team of academics from each of the subject discipline stream. Interactive seminars and workshops will support the lectures and have a strong focus on small group activities to encourage the active participation of students throughout the academic year, developing peer learning, the sharing of knowledge and support amongst the diverse student body.

Self-managed learning:
Self-managed learning activities to supplement and consolidate classroom based activity include: reading texts and relevant journals, application of knowledge to additional problem based exercises, engaging in coursework, group discussion, review of key topics and examination preparation where appropriate. Many of these activities are supported by the virtual learning environment (VLE).

Professional links

LSBU has recently been appointed, as one of a small group of universities, to Buying Solutions Pan Government Framework Agreement of study and qualifications in Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Public Administration (MPA). We are the only London-based university to be approved to deliver both the MPA and MBA awards to government staff on a part-time and executive basis.

Employability

Employment prospects are excellent. Successful students can, in addition to senior management roles, build a career in a variety of roles in consulting, marketing, finance and human resource management. In this respect the personal development emphasis on the course reflects the skills demanded for flexible roles in managing across a variety of organisational cultures and functions inside multinational companies.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Performance Coaching is an innovative online learning degree; the first of its kind in Scotland. It is for experienced performance coaches who wish to extend their expertise adjacent to their sport- specific qualifications. Read more
Performance Coaching is an innovative online learning degree; the first of its kind in Scotland. It is for experienced performance coaches who wish to extend their expertise adjacent to their sport- specific qualifications. The course has been developed to articulate with the UKCC Level 4 certification process. The programme is endorsed with Sports Coach UK for UKCC Level 4. It will develop skills of critical analysis and reflective practice, enhance problem-solving capacity and promote innovative solutions to performance coaching problems.

Your work will be grounded in performance coaching practice, considering case studies and experiential learning from peers and leading coaching practitioners.

Key information

-Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma.
-Study methods: Stand-alone modules. Distance learning. Campus based.
-Start date: September.
-Course Director: Dr Justine Allen.

Course objectives

This online learning course is for experienced performance coaches who wish to extend their expertise alongside their sport-specific qualifications. The course aligns with the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 4 certification process. It will develop skills of critical analysis and reflective practice, enhance problem-solving capacity and promote innovative solutions to performance coaching problems.

In addition to the sports-specific coaching skills, you will have developed in your practice, we develop coaches who:
-Reflect continuously and challenge personal assumptions and beliefs to improve future performance.
-Critically reflect on decisions in complex and unpredictable situations.
-Recognise and resolve problematic coaching issues through the generation of innovative strategies and solutions.
-Design and implement an optimal learning environment to impact on athletes’ performance needs.
-Design and implement a planned and strategic approach to performance improvement.
-Develop and manage appropriate support structures to facilitate improved performance.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport brings together the collective expertise of multidisciplinary academics. We have a commitment to making a difference to world needs in health, wellbeing and society through teaching, research and public involvement.

We develop global citizens through our excellence in learning and teaching, focusing on employability to foster those who can make a difference.

Our portfolio of research-led Health Sciences courses advances knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals to promote patient-centred care.

As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence we are at the heart of Scottish and UK sport, committed to excellence in all aspects of University sporting life.

Other admission requirements

Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C.
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B.
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component.
-IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17.

For more information go to English language requirements: https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required.

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This course provides experienced managers with knowledge of the theory, models and practice of coaching. It is designed to give a strong foundation in the knowledge bases and pragmatic exigencies contemporary coaches are faced with in today's workplaces. Read more
This course provides experienced managers with knowledge of the theory, models and practice of coaching. It is designed to give a strong foundation in the knowledge bases and pragmatic exigencies contemporary coaches are faced with in today's workplaces. By conducting a critical analysis through the leading models and theories of the field, this course creates a space where you can reflexively engage with the dilemmas professional helping relationships in organisations face.

Combining academic study with practical application and skill development, this certificate is the essential starting place for those interested in how relational interventions can help shape the future of work.

Organisations have woken up to the fact that the 'soft' skills of working life are so hard, most employees need some additional perspective to help them be successful in their roles. Coaching as an intervention to address this has grown exponentially. Some pertinent questions remain, and need reflection: why has coaching emerged now? Why is it seen to be so relevant? How can we tell when/if it works? Is it different from counselling and psychotherapy? Are certain types of coaching more effective, under certain conditions, with certain people?

Consisting of 3 modules, the certificate contains a professional development module designed to evaluate learning and aid reflexive practice. Through case studies and client work, you have the opportunity to: analyse and understand your work through a range of lenses; allow for different interpretations; learn to use supervision effectively; explore different responses; and reflect on the coaching relationship process.

A second module tackles all pertinent issues that face the contemporary coach. From ethics and change to boundaries and defences, often overlooked topological issues are highlighted, and theory and practice fused. Rather than looking at the coaching dyad in isolation, the main emphasis in this module is to contextualise the work in the context of evidence frameworks, organisational systems and practices, and organisations as political arenas.

Finally, an introductory module sets the scene and introduces various ranges and flavours of coaching and helping relationships, including a historical perspective of the use of relationships in the helping professions.

This certificate is for people who have an interest in understanding the roles helping relationships play at work, and their impact in and out of organisations. The course suits people who have the ability to critically reflect on their thoughts, emotions, (re)actions and behaviours.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

The Department of Organizational Psychology is renowned for its quality teaching and expertise in the delivery of part-time programmes.
Access to an extensive range of electronic resources, including specially prepared texts for each module. Use of the online learning environment with a high level of staff support.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

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This course will enhance your knowledge of exercise and wellness coaching and prepare you for an exciting profession in an industry with developing career opportunities. Read more

This course will enhance your knowledge of exercise and wellness coaching and prepare you for an exciting profession in an industry with developing career opportunities. You will have the ability to positively impact the health and wellbeing of inactive populations by tackling barriers to lifestyle changes.

This course will equip you to meet national health needs with relevant, up-to-date knowledge of the role of exercise for health and wellbeing, and the ability to effectively apply this knowledge through real-life work-related experiences and industry work-based learning. You’ll develop wellness coaching skills, to help inactive individuals to overcome barriers to lifestyle change and to maintain healthy behaviours. This course offers a real opportunity to change peoples’ lives and make a positive and lasting difference to society.

What you will study

Wellness coaching draws on coaching philosophies developed in performance sport and applies these to populations with health and wellbeing needs. Partnered with knowledge of exercise programming and delivery for these populations, the course draws upon key elements of health psychology and health promotion.

The course has been designed to be available both full-time and part-time. Students undertaking both modes will complete the same modules on campus together, however the order in which students complete modules may differ. The course has been designed such that part-time students are generally only required to attend campus one day-per-week, and full-time students attend on two days. Directed and self-study will be completed in addition to these days.

Teaching and assessment

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

You will learn through a variety of methods including directed practical sessions using the range of technologies available in our facilities, including the Human Performance Laboratory and RGU Sport. You’ll take part in group work during tutorial sessions and peer reviews, and experience real-life situations through case studies on campus and within professional environments and work-based learning opportunities.

  • Seminars - 10 students per group, 52 hours 
  • Tutorial - 10 students per group, 52 hours 
  • Project Supervision - 10 students per group, 35 hours 
  • Practical class or workshop - 10 students per group, 52 hours 
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - 10 students per group, 132 hours

INDEPENDENT STUDY

A significant portion of this course is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

The teaching team members deliver applied, industry relevant modules that span the broad field of Sport and Exercise Science, with an adaptable and contemporary approach meaning we develop graduates who are industry-ready. Our team have regularly been recognised through annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards, with multiple team members being recognised for their lecturing and support. Members of the academic team are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy with some working towards Senior Fellowship. This is a professional recognition of practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning. The delivery of this course is closely supported by our industry partners who help us to develop the opportunities for worked-based learning throughout the entire course.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed:

  • 4 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 practical skills assessments
  • 1 presentation
  • 1 poster defence

Placements

A work-based learning module is a key feature of the course, where you will have the opportunity to implement learning from your course either in your own workplace, or through an arranged placement with an industry partner.

Job prospects 

The range of potential employers includes schools, colleges and universities, sports councils and national governing bodies, local authorities, charitable sports trusts as well as private sector fitness centres and leisure facilities.

Students may also wish to progress to further research in the field of health and wellness coaching.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply



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The MSc in Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care is an inter-professional programme for healthcare practitioners who wish to develop the qualities required for clinical leadership and advanced practice in cancer, palliative or end of life care. Read more

The MSc in Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care is an inter-professional programme for healthcare practitioners who wish to develop the qualities required for clinical leadership and advanced practice in cancer, palliative or end of life care. Our goal is to produce clinical leaders who will be the drivers for change; providing expert care, developing those you work with and influencing the shape of care to make services better for patients.

This MSc option is very flexible, with students able to complete the course over one year full time, and up to five years part time. The blended approach to teaching and learning also means that some parts of the programme can be completed as distance learning. A diverse range of national and international practitioners have completed the programme including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, doctors, acute care nurse specialists and nursing home practitioners, and those from Mexico, Brazil, Ghana, Malawi and Saudi Arabia.

Introducing your course

This programme will enable you to develop the qualities needed by ‘practice leaders …who are firmly grounded in direct care provision or clinical work with patients, families and populations … constantly working to improve the quality of services and patient care’ (DH, 2010:7). They include clinical acumen (the ability to lead and manage complex care), clinical interpretation (the ability to interpret policy and research, and design and lead clinical services fit for purpose), and clinical relationships (the ability to develop others and foster excellence).

The programme has been mapped to the attributes of advanced level practice outlined by government bodies in the United Kingdom (Department of Health 2010, National Health Service Scotland 2008). UK professionals who may need to demonstrate their advanced level attributes to registration bodies will be able to do so through the completion of this programme.

Overview

The key features of this programme are:

  • This programme can be undertaken by any registered health or social care practitioner working with people of any age with cancer, other life limiting or life-threatening illnesses and those with palliative and end of life care needs.
  • The interdisciplinary community that this creates provides a rich learning environment fostered by educational approaches that encourage discussion and debate.
  • You can expect to experience seminars and symposiums, leadership skills rehearsals, master-classes and to receive academic and personal support and research coaching.
  • The programme is designed to have impact in your workplace, and therefore the assignments of the core modules are negotiated by you with the module lead to meet both your workplace and professional development needs.
  • You will also be a member of an internationally renowned research group.

View the programme specification document for this course



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Gain the specialist training to advance your professional development in counselling, psychotherapy or another healthcare-related field. Read more

Gain the specialist training to advance your professional development in counselling, psychotherapy or another healthcare-related field.

You will further your understanding of contemporary theories in psychological therapies by analysing key issues and debates in counselling and psychotherapy. You will explore cognitive behavioural therapy approaches to therapeutic practice, social psychological theory and group therapy research.

As well as supporting your professional growth, your course will allow you to specialise in your chosen area of interest. Some of the diverse modules have an experiential component, others require purely academic study, and some will be useful for psychologists undertaking an independent route to the British Psychological Society's counselling psychology chartership. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.

Course Benefits

The modular design of our course allows you to build on previous learning and experience. Plus, you'll have the unique opportunity to investigate areas outside of your normal area of work, and study the topics that most people are unable to follow at diploma level.

Our dissertation module allows you to undertake an in-depth study of an area of particular interest whilst contributing to the wider profession.

Core modules

  • Existential, Humanistic & Psychodynamic Theories of Therapy
  • Research in Practice (Dissertation)
  • Understanding & Evaluating the Evidence, or
  • Understanding Social Research & Evaluation
  • Practical Foundations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Issues & Debates
  • Foundations of the Theory & Practice of Coaching

Option modules

  • Work-Based Study
  • Working With Depression & Anxiety in Practice
  • Group Therapies & Group Work
  • Supervision in Practice

Job Prospects

This course will enhance your ongoing professional development in many related fields such as nursing, social work or life coaching. If you are already practising as a counsellor or psychotherapist, this course will enable you to fulfil the professional development requirements of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and the UK Council for Psychotherapy in order to maintain accreditation.

  • Psychologist
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Counsellor


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