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Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring


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 delivered by the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies and 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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This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Available start dates

September 2016 / September 2017

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Part time: 3 to 5 years

UCAS Postgraduate code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

The Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring is the only one of its type in the UK. Its 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.
  • You will join a small, well-motivated group of like-minded students who will share your research journey. As a professional doctorate the programme is designed for experienced coaches or mentors seeking to deepen their knowledge and demonstrate commitment to the field.
  • 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, or visit our;web pages

During the first stage of the programme, which on a part-time basis normally takes three years to complete, 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 two years to complete part-time.This course is designed as a five-year, part-time programme (or three years with level 7 exemptions for existing master’s qualifications), and is 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

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

A new fresh space on the Headington Campus is being created specifically for the Business School and our business students.The Clerici building is being refurbished to accommodate new teaching rooms, a lecture theatre, new social learning spaces, offices and a clear glazed new entrance.

At the current Wheatley campus our Business School Postgraduate Centre offers 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 UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses in marketing and marketing examination papers.

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).

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.

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • If you need to take a pre-master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course, you can take our two year master’s course. This course combine the pre-master's diploma and your master's in one application. You can apply for one visa for the two years of study.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

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.

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. This will enhance existing freelance careers and create employment opportunities or promotions.
  • Students are encouraged to publish while on the course and after completion of the thesis it is likely that you 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 dedicated director of studies and second supervisor who form a team to guide the preparation of your 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 International Centre for Coaching and  Mentoring Studies 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.

Research areas and clusters

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 Prof. Tatiana Bachkirova and Dr Elaine Cox, have research interests in the following areas:

  • Philosophical underpinnings of coaching
  • Developmental, leadership and team coaching
  • Resilience
  • Embodiment
  • Transfer of learning
  • The coaching relationship

For any more information on research please click here