This part-time programme comprises seven modules of study amounting to 180 level-7 credits. Its modular structure will allow you to design a programme of work according to your particular area of interest.
Coaching and Mentoring Practice Fundamentals
This 20-credit module, for which you have your own professional coach-supervisor in addition to a course tutor, extends over five months. It provides vital experience of acting as a mentor/coach and of being professionally supervised in that role. It is an opportunity to apply coaching and mentoring methodologies, such as personal profiling and personal development planning, which are then translated into rigorous intellectual study through reflective practice and critical analysis. You may choose whether to focus specifically on mentoring, performance coaching, developmental or some other type of coaching. The practice module draws on the expertise of internationally recognised coaching and mentoring experts. The module also includes a 180 degree feedback system and systematic reflection on practice, giving you insight into areas for personal and organisational growth.
Alongside the practice module you undertake two core 20-credit modules:
Transformational Learning and Adult Development encourages critical thinking and increasing awareness of issues in adult learning and development which impact directly on coaching and mentoring.
Psychotherapeutic Dimensions of Coaching and Mentoring focuses on the implications for coaching and mentoring of the three main areas of psychotherapy and counselling: psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural. We explore the philosophy and theory of the different schools within these orientations, along with their different techniques and models. Boundaries and ethical issues will be considered and respected.
After successfully completing these three modules, students may leave the programme with the Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (60 credits).
At Diploma stage, participants complete three further 20-credit modules:
Advanced Coaching and Mentoring Practice takes you into a more challenging level of professional practice. It includes in-depth workshops developing the practice of the reflective, evidence-based professional practitioner. You continue to develop your coaching and mentoring practice, and to receive one-to-one supervision over the three months of this module.
In addition, you select two 20-credit modules from the following:
Psychological Perspectives on the Self
Coaching and Mentoring in Organisations
Independent Study (may be work-based or theoretical)
Research in Coaching and Mentoring (compulsory for students completing the full MA)
Master's-level study culminates in a 60-credit Dissertation module. The dissertation involves a piece of investigative research and comprises one third of the work for the MA degree. The dissertation focuses on a research problem of particular interest to the participant and is often work-based.
As our courses are reviewed regularly, course content and module choices may change from those currently listed in the course entry.
Teaching and learning
The programme is taught through a series of Friday or Saturday seminars and workshops (approximately one a month). It uses 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 through the Brookes Virtual distance learning platform. This provides a ‘virtual’ learning community in which students can discuss, debate and support each other in their study. Participants are encouraged to communicate electronically with their supervisor and their tutors (eg by email, Skype, etc).
All teaching, learning and assessment activities draw on the professional backgrounds, experience and knowledge of participants and encourage critical reflection. Teaching staff have particular research interests and expertise in coaching and mentoring and related fields. Occasional visiting speakers from business and industry provide further input. You can also attend sessions of the Oxford Brookes Coaching and Mentoring Society (OBCAMS), which meets monthly, and draws outside speakers and presenters from all areas of coaching and mentoring.
There are no examinations. Assessment is entirely based on a variety of coursework assignments and the dissertation.
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.