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The MA Coaching and Mentoring will give you the opportunity to take your coaching and mentoring studies to another level, giving you the chance to develop a more critical understanding of the concepts and theoretical frameworks that underpin your practice and its impact on the wider context.

This exciting and contemporary programme provides you with the knowledge and skills to become an effective professional coach and mentor working within a variety of organisational contexts. 

Your studies will give you the underpinning theory of the key tools, techniques and models available and will encourage you to consider what may work best in different contexts. Evidence-based discussions and opportunities to put theory into practice will allow you to enhance your professional practice. It will raise your self-awareness of your own coaching and mentoring skills and in doing so will build on your strengths and capabilities. 

You will also be developing your academic and research skills further through a large research project, which is a great opportunity to put some of the theory and practical skills you have learnt on this course directly into action.

Typically, students that study this course with us go on to develop their own coaching and mentoring practices, introduce related schemes within their businesses and use their enhanced skills within both professional and personal contexts.

Why Wolverhampton?

Coaching and mentoring is an increasingly popular discipline in the field of human resource development and is being recognised by many organisations as a more efficient and effective way of recognising and developing the potential of their employees.

Past students and external examiners have always given excellent feedback about the course content, delivery, the supportiveness of all Tutors and the high-quality blended learning support.

Previous students often mention the ‘excellent blend of teaching methods and delivery’ and that ‘the Action Learning Sets work extremely well.’ External examiners also consistently state that ‘there are a good mix of assessments and that the practical assessments are very appropriate for coaching and mentoring practitioners.’

If you are coaching or mentoring at a management and/or senior, strategic, Executive level you are able to take the ILM (level 5) in Coaching and Mentoring and/or the ILM (level 7) in Executive Coaching and Mentoring at the same time as your Postgraduate Certificate/first year of the Masters in Coaching and Mentoring. (Students wishing to pursue either of these additional awards need to ensure they can gather the relevant experience and are required to pay a small administration fee).

Career path

On completion of the award, you will be able to operate more effectively as a coach or mentor within your current role. Typical careers of Coaching and Mentoring graduates include managerial positions, trainer, developer, organisational behaviour consultant or as an advanced/master practitioner within a related field. You can seek to further your career both within the coaching and mentoring field and within the management and leadership arena too.

Following the MA programme, successful graduates may also apply for individual accreditation with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) at Master Practitioner level.

What skills will you gain?

1. Critically reflect and evaluate their own professional coaching and mentoring practice

2. Identify and examine the diverse underpinning theories and differing perspectives in relation to coaching and mentoring

3. Synthesise and critically reflect upon theory from a range of sources including other modules and relate this to professional practice

4. Critically evaluate different coaching and mentoring models, frameworks, tools and techniques essential for effective practice

5. Evaluate and develop their own innovative approaches towards a range of clients, contexts and organisations

6. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic, research informed/evidence-based research

Who accredits this course?

We have excellent partnerships with industry and strong links with professional bodies such as the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).The University is an ILM approved centre.


Visit the Coaching and Mentoring - MA page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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