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Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring (DCM)

Course Description

The Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring (DCM) fosters excellence in professional practice by developing the capabilities needed to become a leader in the field. You will be challenged to augment your existing expertise and to push the boundaries of your knowledge, in order to operate at the highest level, be confident in providing facilitation and consultancy, and be competent in researching the field.

This part-time programme is aimed at experienced professionals seeking to extend their knowledge and understanding of coaching and mentoring. It has been designed to develop skills and confidence in providing facilitation and consultancy, as well as competence in research and evaluation. The programme integrates professional expertise and scholarly inquiry, culminating in doctoral research training and the design of original empirical research leading to completion of a doctoral thesis.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/doctor-of-coaching-and-mentoring/

Why choose this course?

The Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring is the only one of its type in the UK. Key features are:
- Individual academic support from a team of expert researchers in the field. Staff have specific research interests and expertise in coaching and mentoring or related fields and visiting specialists provide further expert input. Assessment is through coursework assignments and a doctoral thesis, which is examined by traditional viva voce.

- As a professional doctorate the programme is designed for experienced coaches or mentors seeking to deepen their knowledge and demonstrate commitment to the field. You will join a small, well-motivated group of like-minded students who will share your research journey.

- Training is given in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and most importantly the programme provides the support and opportunity to become an autonomous, published researcher. In this way you gain deeper, more critical insights into professional practices and concerns.

- Studies are facilitated by monthly workshops in Oxford, which continue throughout the duration of the doctorate. The programme is part-time (five years including study at master's level, or three years if you enter with credit from an existing master's). There are also online workshops and discussions which augment face-to-face workshops.

- Applicants would normally be expected to have a good honours degree, plus at least three years' experience in a related field. There is a 10% discount on the fee for alumni.

This course in detail

During the first stage of the programme, which normally takes two years to complete on a part-time basis, you focus on the taught level 7 and level 8 components of the curriculum. Once this is successfully completed, you move to the second stage - the thesis. Normally this takes three years to complete part-time.

This course is designed as a five-year, part-time programme (or three years with level 7 exemptions), delivered through monthly study days held in Oxford (approximately eight per year). In addition there are regular online workshops and discussions to support learning at a distance. There is individual coaching and academic support: face-to-face, telephone and email as appropriate.

Teaching and learning

The DCM is cross-disciplinary in its approach. As well as focusing on your own professional development - through reflective practice and individual, peer and group learning activities - you also consider the pivotal organisational and psychological dimensions of coaching and mentoring in depth.

This programme is delivered through monthly seminars and study days held throughout the programme which candidates are required to attend. Progression will be dependent upon successfully completing assignments based on the methodological training carried out during these study days.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is through a variety of coursework assignments and a thesis, which is examined by traditional viva voce (oral examination).

Specialist facilities

Our Business School Postgraduate Centre at Wheatley Campus has a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, well equipped seminar rooms and a postgraduate lounge and private study area.

The Wheatley Campus library provides specialist business resources including 1,000 sets of UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses in business and management and business examination papers.

Free language courses for students – the Open Module

Free language courses are available to all full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students who are studying any course on our Headington (including Marston Road), Harcourt Hill or Wheatley Campuses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Attendance pattern

This course is designed as a five-year, part-time programme (or three years with level 7 or Masters level exemptions), delivered through monthly study days held in Oxford (approximately eight per year).

How this course helps you develop

The programme provides the setting for developing deeper, more critical insights, into professional practices of coaching and mentoring and provides support for networking and career development as well as for becoming an autonomous, published researcher.


- Students graduating from the Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring Programme can expect to be recognised as experts in their field. They are encouraged to publish while on the course.

- After completion of the thesis it is likely that they will continue to write for both the popular and academic press. There may be further career opportunities in academia and industry where the highest level of achievement is recognised and rewarded.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

The Department of Business and Management’s research interests span several academic disciplines - coaching and mentoring, human resource management, international business, organisational studies, pedagogy, strategic management.

The faculty publish in leading journals in these fields and is active in the main national and international conferences relating to each disciplinary area. A strong, overarching theme of the department is the bridging of theory and practice - our research aims to provide new academic insights and to be relevant to managers and other stakeholders. Latest research outputs are disseminated through our publications and a wide array of teaching interfaces.

The faculty is active in winning research grants from UK and EU funding bodies, providing key note talks at academic and practitioner conferences, sitting on the editorial boards of leading journals, reviewing for funding providers, managing special interest groups and reviewing for the main journals and conferences in their fields.

Research areas and clusters

The Business School has a strengthening research culture and supports an expanding research community of staff and students. They have wide-ranging interests in many specialist areas within the general field of business and management.

Our researchers are active in disseminating their findings, with numerous publications in refereed journals and papers presented at conferences in the UK and overseas. Best-selling textbooks have been written in subjects such as marketing, e-marketing, research methods, accounting, financial management and corporate governance.

We have also secured many research grants, often in partnership with other organisations. Researchers have been able to attract funds from such diverse organisations as the British Academy; the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; the Economic and Social Research Council; Learning Skills Councils; and the EU.

We have also successfully bid for significant Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) grants, often for research programmes dealing with the processes of learning and teaching, and dissemination of good practice throughout the higher education sector. In addition, we have undertaken consultancy and research to produce reports designed to provide information and competitive advantage to commercial clients.

Visit the Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring (DCM) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Student Profiles

John Henry Brookes Scholarship Scheme 2011 - 7 Awards

A total of £13,000 worth of £1,000 or £2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students applying for full-time Masters courses in the Business School and Publishing, starting in September 2011.Full details available on the webpage below.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Various - £1,000 or £2,000


You must be a new full-time masters student starting your course in September 2011.These awards are open to UK, EU and International students unless otherwise stated. (2 x £2,000 awards are for international students only)You should have, or expect to obtain, a good honours degree or equivalent from a recognised institution of higher education, or have experience which demonstrates appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard.Candidates receiving awards from other sources of funding which cover all their tuition fees will not be eligible for a John Henry Brookes Scholarship; eligibility is not affected by funding covering maintenance costs.

Application Procedure

Applicants should complete ALL relevant sections of the application form which can be downloaded from the webpage below along with notes for guidance. The form should be emailed to Laura Cox, Postgraduate Admissions Tutor on the email address given on the form. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 1 July 2011.

Further Information



The Simon Williams Scholarship 2011 - 2 Awards

The Simon Williams scholarships have been established to commemorate the contribution to the Business School and the University of Simon Williams, Dean of the Business School from 1999 - 2005. The scholarship awards are £1,000 paid towards the cost of programme fees.Criteria
The award committee has identified several significant qualities associated with Simon which made his contribution so distinctive. A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate potential for achievement under these headings but the boundaries inevitably overlap and the committee will consider applications holistically, rather than expecting candidates to provide equally strong evidence under every heading. Candidates should, however, use the headings to structure the way in which they present their application.
1. Intellect
Academic achievement, both before and during an applicant’s time studying at Brookes, is one way of demonstrating intellectual potential but the committee will also be looking for other factors that indicate, for example, use of an analytical approach to solving practical problems or capacity to think creatively.
2. Industry
Under this heading the committee would expect to see evidence showing a high level of commitment to completing an undertaking, self-motivation and a willingness to work hard over and above general expectations.
3. Integrity
Under this heading the committee would expect to see demonstration of a candidate’s personal values in action – concern for others, understanding of the impact of their own behaviour on the groups to which they belong, high standards, loyalty and friendship.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year Oxford Brookes University Business School undergraduate students are eligible to apply.This includes students studying at Nilai College (Malaysia), CCCU (Hong Kong), POU (Poland), IIMT (India) and IBS (Hungary).This scholarship can be held simultaneously with other scholarships and awards.The scholarships will be announced annually.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made in writing with supporting documentation to include the names of two referees no later than 1 July 2011. The scholarship committee will announce its decision shortly after the deadline.Contact Laura Cox (Postgraduate Admissions Tutor) with any queries at [email protected] or +44 (0)1865 485911.

Further Information



Alumnus Discount Scheme - 20+ Awards

In recognition of the personal loyalty shown by recent graduates and alumni registering for a postgraduate degree, Oxford Brookes University Business School is pleased to announce a discount of 10% off tuition fees for its postgraduate programmes.Eligible students include any student who has graduated from Oxford Brookes University and wishes to stay on or return for an additional degree (e.g. an undergraduate student who then studies for a taught master's programme, or a taught master's graduate who enrols on another taught master's or a MPhil/PhD programme).

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% discount off tuition fees


Applicant must be an Oxford Brookes Graduate.

Application Procedure

Download an application form from our website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

For graduate entry you should normally have a good honours degree, plus three years' experience in a related field. If you have appropriate master’s level qualifications and experience, you may be eligible for exemptions from certain elements of the programme.

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