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MSc in Executive Coaching

Course Description

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 Ashridge 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.

You will develop your coaching and mentoring skills, either to integrate into your existing consultancy and coaching work or to create a solid foundation for a new coaching and consulting practice.

The programme takes a relational psychological perspective, which will deepen your clients’ self-awareness and their understanding of the web of key relationships in their organisation. The aim is to develop your ability to respond to, initiate and enable change through the coaching process.

This programme has been developed by experienced coaching practitioners who have a combination of research, psychological and organisational development experience. Two of the programme modules have been awarded the EMCC European Quality Award (EQA) at Senior Practitioner level.

There are five modules altogether but you do not have to commit to the full degree programme until the end of module 3. For module 1 you will have two options: Coaching for Organisational Consultants or Team Coaching for Consultants. As both of these modules are Open Programmes, you may choose just to start with one of these and then sign up for the degree if you would like to go further.

After completing Modules 1 and 2, Module 3 enables you to prepare to become an Accredited Coach with Ashridge Accreditation. This popular certification has been helping coaches to excel since 2002.

What will you learn?

During the programme you will:

• Be introduced to the latest models and perspectives
• Learn about the relational approach to consulting
• Develop and broaden your coaching and mentoring skills
• Develop greater self-awareness enabling you to use your experience whilst coaching others
• Benchmark your approaches as a coach
• Understand and be informed by theoretical frameworks that support effective coaching
• Practice both familiar and new coaching skills and interventions
• Acquire a personal vision of your own coaching work
• Become part of a diverse and experienced community of coaches

How you will learn

The programme reflects Ashridge's philosophy about the nature of change and learning. You will be learning in an environment of reflection and experimentation, rather than simply relying on didactic input. The learning experience draws on the principles of adult learning and development and is well-grounded in research.

It is delivered through short teaching inputs on coaching theories and models, combined with small and large group discussions. Each module also includes 'co-coaching' with fellow participants as well as live supervision. In the second year, the programme delivery becomes a collective and deeper inquiry into the main elements of coaching: the coach, the client, the relationship and the organisation.

Start dates:

March, May & October.

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(Student Profile)

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.


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.

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