Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring - September 2016


This course is run by the Business School

The Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring (DCM) fosters excellence in professional practice by developing the capabilities needed to become a leader in the field. You will be challenged to augment your existing expertise and to push the boundaries of your knowledge, in order to operate at the highest level, be confident in providing facilitation and consultancy, and be competent in researching the field.

This part-time programme is aimed at experienced professionals seeking to extend their knowledge and understanding of coaching and mentoring. It has been designed to develop skills and confidence in providing facilitation and consultancy, as well as competence in research and evaluation. The programme integrates professional expertise and scholarly inquiry, culminating in doctoral research training and the design of original empirical research leading to completion of a doctoral thesis.

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The Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring is the only one of its type in the UK. Key features are:

  • Individual academic support from a team of expert researchers in the field. Staff have specific research interests and expertise in coaching and mentoring or related fields and visiting specialists provide further expert input. Assessment is through coursework assignments and a doctoral thesis, which is examined by traditional viva voce.
  • As a professional doctorate the programme is designed for experienced coaches or mentors seeking to deepen their knowledge and demonstrate commitment to the field. You will join a small, well-motivated group of like-minded students who will share your research journey.
  • Training is given in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and most importantly the programme provides the support and opportunity to become an autonomous, published researcher. In this way you gain deeper, more critical insights into professional practices and concerns.
  • Studies are facilitated by monthly workshops in Oxford, which continue throughout the duration of the doctorate. The programme is part-time (five years including study at master's level, or three years if you enter with credit from an existing master's). There are also online workshops and discussions which augment face-to-face workshops.
  • Applicants would normally be expected to have a good honours degree, plus at least three years' experience in a related field. There is a 10% discount on the fee for alumni.

For more information about postgraduate study at the Business School, come to one of our Business School Open Days (see tab on right), or visit our web pages

During the first stage of the programme, which normally takes two years to complete on a part-time basis, you focus on the taught level 7 and level 8 components of the curriculum. Once this is successfully completed, you move to the second stage - the thesis. Normally this takes three years to complete part-time.

This course is designed as a five-year, part-time programme (or three years with level 7 exemptions), delivered through monthly study days held in Oxford (approximately eight per year). In addition there are regular online workshops and discussions to support learning at a distance. There is individual coaching and academic support: face-to-face, telephone and email as appropriate.

Teaching and learning

The DCM is cross-disciplinary in its approach. As well as focusing on your own professional development - through reflective practice and individual, peer and group learning activities - you also consider the pivotal organisational and psychological dimensions of coaching and mentoring in depth.

This programme is delivered through monthly seminars and study days held throughout the programme which candidates are required to attend. Progression will be dependent upon successfully completing assignments based on the methodological training carried out during these study days.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is through a variety of coursework assignments and a thesis, which is examined by traditional viva voce (oral examination).

Specialist facilities

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.

Attendance pattern

This course is designed as a five-year, part-time programme (or three years with level 7 or Masters level exemptions), delivered through monthly study days held in Oxford (approximately eight per year).


Business School

Course length

Part-time: 3 to 5 years

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Start date

September 2016

UCAS Postgraduate code


Entry requirements

  • For graduate entry you should normally have a good honours degree, plus three years' experience in a related field.
  • If you have appropriate master’s level qualifications and experience, you may be eligible for exemptions from certain elements of the programme.

Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS minimum level 7.0 overall with at least 6.5 in the reading and writing components.

Please also see the university's standard English language requirements

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.

Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.

Please contact Business School enquiries if you need help with your application or require any further information.

Conditions of acceptance

When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

How this course helps you develop

The programme provides the setting for developing deeper, more critical insights, into professional practices of coaching and mentoring and provides support for networking and career development as well as for becoming an autonomous, published researcher.


  • Students graduating from the Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring Programme can expect to be recognised as experts in their field. They are encouraged to publish while on the course.
  • After completion of the thesis it is likely that they will continue to write for both the popular and academic press. There may be further career opportunities in academia and industry where the highest level of achievement is recognised and rewarded.

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.

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

In the first two years of the programme, you are supported in your M-level studies by module tutors, a dedicated coaching supervisor (Year 1) and an academic supervisor (Year 2).

In Years 3-5, you have the support of the programme leader, module tutors, plus a director of studies and second supervisor who form a team to guide the preparation of the thesis.

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Research highlights

The Department of Business and Management’s research interests span several academic disciplines - coaching and mentoring, human resource management, international business, organisational studies, pedagogy, strategic management.

The faculty publish in leading journals in these fields and is active in the main national and international conferences relating to each disciplinary area. A strong, overarching theme of the department is the bridging of theory and practice - our research aims to provide new academic insights and to be relevant to managers and other stakeholders. Latest research outputs are disseminated through our publications and a wide array of teaching interfaces.

The faculty is active in winning research grants from UK and EU funding bodies, providing key note talks at academic and practitioner conferences, sitting on the editorial boards of leading journals, reviewing for funding providers, managing special interest groups and reviewing for the main journals and conferences in their fields.

Research areas and clusters

The Business School has a strengthening research culture and supports an expanding research community of staff and students. They have wide-ranging interests in many specialist areas within the general field of business and management.

Our researchers are active in disseminating their findings, with numerous publications in refereed journals and papers presented at conferences in the UK and overseas. Best-selling textbooks have been written in subjects such as marketing, e-marketing, research methods, accounting, financial management and corporate governance.

We have also secured many research grants, often in partnership with other organisations. Researchers have been able to attract funds from such diverse organisations as the British Academy; the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; the Economic and Social Research Council; Learning Skills Councils; and the EU.

We have also successfully bid for significant Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) grants, often for research programmes dealing with the processes of learning and teaching, and dissemination of good practice throughout the higher education sector. In addition, we have undertaken consultancy and research to produce reports designed to provide information and competitive advantage to commercial clients.