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Coaching (MA)

Course Description

This MA is aimed at experienced internal and independent coaches, and will develop your skills, knowledge and professional standing. The course takes an action-learning approach to explore issues in coaching practice.

Supervisors will work with you to deepen your research and practical skills, while peer-based learning enables you to share your own professional practice. The course structure gives you scope to focus on the coaching priorities and interests most relevant to your own working contexts. Modules cover ethical, organisational and personal perspectives, with separate research project and dissertation components. All our postgraduates benefit from a blended learning approach, which includes at least 72 hours of applied coaching with actual or practice clients.

You should have an appropriate level of coaching experience to engage in supportive and challenging conversations with other participants. Although our standard entrance requirement is a 2:ii undergraduate degree, you’ll still be considered if you can offer considerable coaching experience.

Unique features of the course

This action learning and supervision driven MA has several unique features designed to enrich your learning experience:
-Your internationally recognised course director and facilitators will supervise your development throughout the course.
-Time to focus and reflect on your own priorities within your working practice.
-Opportunity to grow your skills through your research specialism.
-Designed specifically for internal and independent coaches.
-Offered via blended learning to fit around your work and other commitments.
-Work in action learning sets, where your ideas and working practice will be supported and challenged by your peers.

Areas of study

You will study one module per term, with a theme to each module, and you will explore your individual interests within that theme. You will then provide a reflection of your practice and of the relevant literature in a 5,000 word essay at the end of the term. In addition, you will write a final 15,000 word dissertation on your specialist area of research, after completing the research project module.

The modules (2015-16 and 2016-17) to be taken are:
-The Practice of Coaching
-Approaches to Coaching
-Ethical and Organisational Issues in Coaching
-Research Project
-Applications of Coaching
-Use of the Self in Creating Effective Coaching Relationships

You will also be required to complete 72 hours of coaching practice during the MA, with actual or practice clients, and to collect structured feedback from those clients. You will receive one-to-one supervision of your coaching practice from one of the course team through a 90 minute supervision session every three months during the course.

Visit the Coaching (MA) page on the University of Warwick website for more details!

(Student Profile)


3075.png I'd been looking actively to study at Masters level for quite some time but I didn't know what I wanted to do. I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist working in critical care. Initially I was worried that I was going to be out of my comfort zone a little bit because I was I didn't have a formal qualification in Coaching previously, although I did have experience and nursing equivalence. Actually it wasn't such a foreign language after all. My third module which was about ethical and organisational issues in coaching really applied to working within an NHS environment.

I've really really enjoyed getting my head around some academic processes again, having not done that for a while. I've enjoyed working in a small group with people from very different backgrounds to myself. It's a warm supportive environment. I think we've all got different things to give. We are learning lots from each other.

I have really really benefitted in the work place. I think it's been really positive in my work role.

I think really I am going to take the whole ethos of lifelong learning from the course and see it as a lifelong development. I will use it to help bolster my coaching practices in my work place, and my supervision and development. At the moment there may be an opportunity to get more involved in team leading and I think it will really help with that.


Entry Requirements

2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in any subject. English Language: IELTS 6.5, Band A.

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