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Our part-time MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice is taught through our renowned International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies and is facilitated by our team of leading educators and researchers in the field.

On this course you integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring. You expand your knowledge of theories and develop the skills and approaches necessary grow professionally as a coach or mentor. This helps to inform your models and modes of practice and can lead to insightful 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.

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. You could be new to coaching and mentoring or an established coach or mentor. It's not always necessary to have a degree if you can show 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:

  • Flexibility - you learn through a series of monthly study days held in Oxford 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.
  • Professional and personal development - we focus on your personal and professional development as well as relevant organisational and psychological dimensions of coaching and mentoring.
  • Coach/ Supervisor guidance - 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, you have an academic supervisor to guide you as you deepen your understanding and undertake a piece of research.
  • Oxford Brookes is at the leading edge of the coaching and mentoring profession. Our master's programme is taught through our International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies and facilitated by our team leading of educators and researchers in the field, including Professor Tatiana Bachkirova. As well leading research many of our teaching team are active practitioners in both coaching and mentoring and ensure that this experience is shared as an integral element of our teaching.
  • Active coaching and mentoring Network - We host the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, an Annual Coaching and Mentoring Research Conference and the Oxford Brookes Coaching and Mentoring Society, which provides collaboration and networking opportunities for academics and professionals from a wide spectrum of coaching and mentoring interests.

Course structure

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

You study three stages: The postgraduate certificate stage which consists of three 20-credit modules, the postgraduate diploma stage has three further 20-credit modules and finally the master's dissertation has a full 60 credits. If you choose to, you can step off the programme at the end of the postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma stage and graduate with that award.

Teaching and learning

How is the programme delivered?

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 modules also have an element of Internet based support – either self-managed learning workshops or discussions, which are accessed via our Brookes Virtual website.

How much time should you set aside for study?

Each online unit requires 3 to 4 hours of student effort. We usually recommend you set aside the equivalent of two days a week for your practice and study.

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

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

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

Completed in 2017, you'll see:

  • The Business School 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.


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

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