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This part-time course, available as a PgDip or an MSc, is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge base and set of skills which, combined with a broad range of experiential teaching, will equip them to pursue careers allied to mindfulness.


The course can lead to a postgraduate diploma or an MSc, which is taught part-time over two years (18 months in the case of the PgDip). It is highly experiential, with a clear focus upon development of mindfulness practice. The course focuses on compassion alongside mindfulness and enables students to develop a deep understanding.

This course allows students to explore the varying ways in which mindfulness is taught and develop insight into teaching a variety of different groups. Students will be able to develop their own practice and learn much more about the philosophy and westernised approaches to mindfulness. The course also includes a six day teacher training retreat.


During the first year students will be expected to reflect regularly on the development of their meditation practice, cultivating an understanding of the impact of mindfulness on their lives. Students will be introduced to a range of meditation practices and themes, and will be required to link these practices to theory and empirical research knowledge. Students will develop in-depth knowledge of the life of the Buddha and grounding in Buddhist teachings on mindfulness. Students are also introduced to the various western secular based mindfulness interventions. Students will develop a good understanding of research methods during the first year. The end of the first year involves a teacher training retreat and further development and experience in teaching mindfulness.

During the second year students are introduced to neuro-psychology with regards to mindfulness, the structural changes that occur in the brain in response to meditation. Mindfulness in a range of contexts is also introduced, including educational and a range of healthcare settings.

Those students completing an MSc will go on to develop an advanced literature review on a topic of their choice. Students will also engage in further meditation practice mainly around compassion.


These courses are designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge base and set of skills, which combined with a broad range of experiential teaching, will equip them to pursue careers allied to mindfulness.


To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Visit the Mindfulness and Compassion - MSc/PGDip page on the Coventry University website for more details!




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