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Course content

Coaching and mentoring have the potential to bring direct benefits to employees, organisations and stakeholders. For example, they can • help leaders get the best out of employees • improve performance • help people through transition and change • support people in times of personal challenge and resilience. They can also contribute to a positive, proactive and open working culture.

About this course

This specialist part-time course is for

  • individuals who want to become capable, confident, professional and ethical coaches and mentors
  • HR, OD, change and strategic leaders and consultants seeking to introduce coaching and mentoring concepts, practices and schemes into their organisations to enable change and improve performance
  • developmental consultants or trainers seeking to develop their coach/mentor training skills and credentials
  • managers, executives and directors seeking to introduce coaching and mentoring into their own sphere of influence.

The postgraduate certificate stage introduces you to coaching and mentoring and the core practices needed to become an effective practitioner. You develop practical skills through coaching demonstrations and substantial coaching practice. You also reflect on your progress as a learner and practitioner, and are supported with reflective practice approaches and supervision.

The MSc stage enables you to become a ethical and critically reflexive practitioner, able to operate effectively as a coach or mentor in a range of different contexts. In addition, you gain the knowledge and skills to engage in research-based inquiry into the theory and practice of coaching and mentoring to enhance the range and depth of your coaching practice.

Course benefits

The postgraduate certificate stage is accredited by the EMCC at Senior Practitioner level. We are the only UK university to offer this.

The course is unique in the market in that it examines how a coach or mentor can best work with an individual in the context of their organisational system. We draw on theories and case studies, and examine individual and organisational psychology.

We help you develop your own practice as a coach or mentor. This involves examining our presence and approaches as well as commercial matters such as business development and networking.

The course is delivered by a team of nationally renowned tutors who are specialists in the field.

You have the opportunity to study emerging areas such as team coaching and applied practice.

We also provide one-to-one coaching supervision throughout the programme to help you reflect on your own personal development and gauge the effectiveness and ethics of your work.

Learning and assessment

During the course you examine and critically analyse coaching and mentoring theories and concepts. We adopt coaching as a learning style, which enhances learning and allows us to examine and reflect on different coaching approaches. You benefit from

  • facilitated group discussions and experiential activity
  • feedback on your skills practice
  • case studies and experiences from tutors
  • supervision groups for further practice and reflection, supported by a member of the tutor team
  • one-to-one coaching/mentoring supervision support
  • one-to-one supervision for the advanced practitioner inquiry module and MSc dissertation stage
  • membership of the coaching and mentoring research group (CMRU) which meets regularly to discuss research projects
  • support you to develop your own network of coachees/mentees.

Professional recognition

The Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring level is primarily focused on developing students' professional practice to meet the professional expectations of the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) at Senior Practitioner level. Students successfully completing the Postgraduate Certificate will be entitled to a certificate confirming that they have completed a programme of training accredited by the EMCC at Senior Practitioner level.

Course structure

Part-time – typically eight months for the postgraduate certificate and two years for the MSc.

Modules are taught in four day blocks, with approximately eight weeks between each one.

Postgraduate certificate

For the Postgraduate Certificate you complete an induction day and the following four modules. You also complete 90 hours of off-workshop coaching/mentoring practice.


  • Coaching and mentoring: skills
  • Coaching and mentoring: psychology
  • Coaching and mentoring: leadership and change
  • Coaching and mentoring: supervision

Postgraduate diploma

You complete an induction day and the following three modules:

  • Coaching and mentoring: scheme design and evaluation
  • Team coaching
  • Advanced practitioner inquiry


The dissertation provides an opportunity to undertake in-depth research into a topic of your own choice in the field of coaching and mentoring, supported by your research supervisor. You work at your own pace, meeting with your research supervisor by mutual agreement.

To prepare for this you also attend a half day dissertation workshop. 


  • written assignment
  • skills practice by observation
  • MSc dissertation


This course prepares you to take on one of the following roles:

  • an external or internal executive or team coach
  • a consultant delivering coaching and mentoring schemes
  • a developmental consultant or trainer operating in this field
  • specialist in a particular area, such as medical general practitioner or specialist in dyslexia support, seeking to use coaching/mentoring to enhance your practice
  • academic in coaching, mentoring, organisational development or similar fields
  • leader using coaching and mentoring initiatives in their own organisations, for example commissioning coaching schemes and using coaching as a leadership style to enhance performance or enable change.

As a graduate of the course you may choose to

  • stay in your current organisation
  • set up your own coaching/mentoring/consulting/training practice or join up with others
  • join a larger coaching firm as a permanent or associate member of staff
  • undertake further academic study
  • join a university as a staff member
  • take up a role with one of the professional bodies.

Visit the Coaching and Mentoring MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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