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Masters in Executive Coaching

Ashridge Business School

Part time See Course MSc 2 years

About the course

Rigorous. Relevant. Real. Reflective.

If you are interested in becoming a fully accredited, professional executive coach, equipped with the latest knowledge in the field, this is the programme for you.

The Masters in Executive Coaching is a two-year, part-time, modular, self-directed programme. It is an opportunity to review and re-launch your practice, make the best of your natural skills, learn about yourself as a coach through supervision and co-coaching, and meet some of the most experienced practitioners in the field.

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Entry Requirements

First degree or equivalent academic award. If you do not have an academic qualification, you will need to demonstrate significant professional experience and evidence of appropriate conceptual and study skillsAt least three years’ experience in an organisational consulting, coaching or equivalent roleThe motivation to participate in a peer learning community, and some awareness of your own emotional and behavioural processes A proficiency in the English language to undertake a graduate level programme, i.e. TOEFL IBT above 100, IELTS above 7.0, or a Pearson Test of English Academic above 60.


£22,600 plus VAT

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Student Profile(s)

Andrew Atter

Why did you decide to do the Masters in Executive Coaching programme?

To support clients in tough leadership roles, I was having to self teach myself around complex areas of psychology, sociology and philosophy and I felt I needed a more structured, in depth programme. I was also aware of the need to first and foremost work on myself; to find new sources of motivation and inspiration with myself, to enable me to enjoy and enrich my coaching relationships.

Did you have any reservations before starting?

The fee was an obvious one. Would I earn a return-on-investment from the fees? I did not recognise then that AMEC would contribute so much to selling larger scale and more profitable assignments. I sold a team coaching assignment in the second year that more than paid for the whole programme. I charge higher fees now and have much more secure client relationships as a result of AMEC. I can engage with clients more effectively and I can recognise potential assignment ‘de-railers’ earlier.

The commercial impact of the programme has probably been undersold in the marketing.

What did you learn from the programme?

AMEC is at its heart a two year journey of self discovery and personal inquiry. I learned more about who I was and what I could become. I learned about the kind of relationships I was forming with people in general, not just in coaching.

I was able to recognise deeper patterns. This has enabled me to bring greater insight to my client work. I have learned how to enjoy coaching again.

The title MSc in Executive Coaching understates what the programme is really about. Executive Coaching is just one application of the learning. The programme addresses deeper themes in Gestalt psychology, Action Research and personal inquiry, which have enriched my work in many areas.

How have you applied this to your work and organisation?

I coach in a fundamentally different way. I work with the client’s energy much more. I am comfortable in the moment and notice and respond to critical moments much more. I pay much more attention to the ethical and psychological contract and the often systemic nature of these implied agreements.

What would you say to someone considering joining this programme?

If you intend coaching to be a significant part of your professional life and you are prepared to work on yourself at a deep level, then I would definitely recommend it.

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