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Career Management and Coaching (MSc)

Course Description

This Master's degree in career management and coaching offers a unique combination of in-depth study of career management, counselling and coaching with practical training in career coaching skills, including a placement with the Birkbeck Careers and Employability Service, the development of research skills and the academic study of behaviour at work. The programme aims to equip coaches, consultants and HR professionals to work with groups and individuals at relational depth in organisations in the role of career coach, coach or consultant. It will enable you to critically evaluate theory, research and practice in these fields.

This is one of the few programmes in the UK to focus on adult career management and coaching. It attracts individuals working in a wide range of settings and organisational contexts, and provides excellent opportunities for peer learning and networking.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Suitable for those wanting careers in adult career counselling and other career-based roles, such as mentoring or coaching.
Unique combination of theoretical rigour and practical skills training.
The Department of Organizational Psychology is renowned for its quality teaching and expertise in the delivery of part-time programmes.
A flexible programme available by evening study or network learning. Both modes of study include 14 skills days.
Access to an extensive range of electronic resources, including specially prepared texts for each module. Use of the online learning environment with a high level of staff support.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the Career Management and Coaching (MSc) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jan Dalgleish

4102.jpg New Zealander Jan says her course 'was an incredible experience, one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. In my job I am able to apply all the skills I learnt on the course.'

'My previous employers had heard of the academic rigour of Birkbeck and respected my qualification. In addition, the course taught me a lot about myself. I am definitely a more confident and empathic person as a result.'


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognised university. Management development professionals and consultants without a first degree but with suitable professional qualifications and at least 5 or more years' significant management experience in a range of organisations may be considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 5975 pa Part-time overseas students: £ 8750 pa

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