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Expand your theoretical knowledge and develop the skills and approaches needed to grow as a professional coach or mentor with our MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice. 

The course is delivered by our International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies. You will:

  • integrate your work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring
  • expand your knowledge of theories.

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. 

You could be new to coaching and mentoring or an established coach or mentor. This course is aimed at:

  • internal or external coaches
  • consultants
  • mentor co-ordinators
  • coaching psychologists
  • counsellors
  • managers
  • human resources development staff
  • leadership professionals from the voluntary, public and private sectors.

It's not always necessary to have a degree if you can show you have an appropriate level of experience.

Learning and teaching

You will be taught through a series of Friday or Saturday seminars and workshops (approximately one a month). You can choose Friday or Saturday as your preferred day of attendance. 

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods. You will:

  • develop active learning techniques
  • reflect on practice
  • carry out independent research.

You can discuss, debate and support others in your studies through the Oxford Brookes virtual learning environment. All modules have an element of internet based support. Approximately 50% of the programme is delivered online. 

We recommend that you set aside the equivalent of two days a week for your practice and study. Each online unit requires three to four hours of work. 

Your professional background, experience and knowledge will be drawn on through all teaching, learning and assessment activities. Critical reflection is encouraged. 

Learning and assessment

This part-time course consists of seven modules of study. This amounts to 180 credits studied over a two-year period.

You will study three stages: 

  • the postgraduate certificate stage which consists of three 20-credit modules
  • the postgraduate diploma stage has three further 20-credit modules
  • the master's dissertation has a full 60 credits.

You can choose to finish your studies at the end of the postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma stage and graduate with that award.


You will be assessed on a variety of coursework assignments and a dissertation. There are no exams.


The master's programme is taught through the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies. At the forefront of coaching and mentoring research, it is facilitated by a team of leading educators and researchers in the field.

Our journal, annual conferences and professional network OBCAMS (the Oxford Brookes Coaching and Mentoring Society) offer excellent opportunities for the dissemination and sharing of research and ideas.

Research areas:

  • philosophical underpinnings of coaching
  • developmental, leadership and team coaching
  • resilience
  • embodiment
  • transfer of learning
  • the coaching relationship.

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. It attracts outside speakers and presenters from all areas of coaching and mentoring.  

Career prospects

Oxford Brookes University Business School is the UK's leading provider of master's-level education in coaching and mentoring practice. Our postgraduate courses develop you as a coach or mentor and demonstrate your coaching credibility and expertise. Anyone looking to establish a reputation and build a career in coaching and mentoring will benefit from one of our part-time postgraduate level qualifications.

Graduates of this course find that their employment opportunities are enhanced or that their business increases as a result of their greater depth of understanding of the field and the variety of new networks and contacts formed during the course.

If you are passionate about research and want to take your professional expertise to the next level, following your MA you can extend your sutdy to its highest level by completing our Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring Programme.

Visit the Coaching and Mentoring Practice - PgDip/PgCert/MA page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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