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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Part-time: MA: 2-5 years, PGDip: 16 months, PGCert: 8 months

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    18 September 2017

Course content

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

We're investing over £30m to create a modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Oxford Brookes Business School.

Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:

  • the Faculty of Business brought together in a modern, professional environment
  • 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).

Visit the Coaching and Mentoring Practice MA/ PGDip/PGCert page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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