On this part-time MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice course you will integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of theories and then relate that understanding to the skills and approaches necessary to develop professionally as a coach or mentor. This will help you to research and informs your models and modes of practice. With 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. It is not always necessary to have a degree, as long as you have an appropriate level of experience.
See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/coaching-and-mentoring-practice/
Why choose this course?
This practice-based course has several unique elements, each designed to enhance your learning experience:
- It is delivered via a series of monthly study days held in Oxford (Wheatley Campus) 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. The course is also available in Hong Kong at the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education. For further details please visit their website
- The focus is on your personal and professional development as well as relevant organisational and psychological dimensions of coaching and mentoring.
- Throughout the first year of study you have your own independent, professional coach-supervisor to support the development of your coaching or mentoring.
- Oxford Brookes is at the leading edge of the coaching and mentoring professions. Our master's programme is taught by leading researchers in the field, including Dr Elaine Cox, Dr Tatiana Bachkirova and visiting professors such as Professor David Clutterbuck and Dr Anthony Grant.
- We are an active part of the coaching and mentoring community, hosting 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.
Teaching and learning
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 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
Assessment is based on coursework assignments and a dissertation - there are no exams.
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.
The programme is taught through a series of Friday or Saturday seminars and workshops (approximately one a month).
How this course helps you develop
In addition to a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in coaching and mentoring practice, the course provides opportunities for networking with other coaches/mentors and to work with volunteers to develop your practice in a particular area. You are also encouraged to join our coaching and mentoring community by attending OBCAMS and joining our LinkedIn groups.
Oxford Brookes University Business School is the UK's leading provider of master's-level education in coaching and mentoring practice. Our postgraduate courses develop you as a coach or mentor and demonstrate your coaching credibility and expertise. Anyone looking to establish a reputation and build a career in coaching and mentoring will benefit from one of our part-time postgraduate level qualifications.
Graduates of this course find that their employment opportunities are enhanced or that their business increases as a result of their greater depth of understanding of the field and the variety of new networks and contacts formed during the course.
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 areas and clusters
The International Centre for Coaching and Leadership Development is at the forefront of coaching and mentoring research. Our journal, our annual conferences and our professional network OBCAMS (the Oxford Brookes Coaching and Mentoring Society) offer excellent opportunities for the dissemination and sharing of research and ideas.
We acknowledge a range of public definitions of 'coaching' and 'mentoring'. We see coaching and mentoring as two different, but closely linked, approaches to helping people increase their sense of self-direction, self-worth, efficacy and achievement. Coaching and mentoring are both human development processes that involve structured, focused interaction and the use of appropriate strategies, tools and techniques to promote desirable and sustainable change for the benefit of the client and other stakeholders.
Our team, led by Dr Tatiana Bachkirova and Dr Elaine Cox, have research interests in the following areas:
- Philosophical underpinnings of coaching
- Developmental, leadership and team coaching
- Transfer of learning
- The coaching relationship
You should normally have a first degree or equivalent professional experience. If you have already gained a coaching or mentoring qualification at an appropriate level, you may be given exemption from the Practice Fundamentals module.If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the university's English language requirements: IELTS minimum level 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing components.