Coaching and Mentoring Practice - September 2014

MA/ PGDip/ PGCert

This course is run by the Business School

The MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice is a part-time course that enables participants to integrate their prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring in order to research and inform their own models and modes of practice. Its central aim is to give opportunities for the expansion of knowledge and understanding of theories and then to relate that understanding to the skills and approaches necessary to develop professionally as a coach or mentor. With a unique blend of tutor input and individual coach-supervisor support, participants are immediately equipped to apply the benefits into a variety of different working contexts.

The course is aimed at internal or external coaches, consultants, mentor co-ordinators, coaching psychologists, counsellors, managers, HRD or leadership professionals from the voluntary, public and private sector. It is not always necessary to have a degree, as long as you have an appropriate level of experience.

Why choose this course?

This practice-based course has several unique elements, each designed to enhance your learning experience:

  • The course is delivered via a series of monthly study days held in Oxford (Wheatley Campus) plus regular online workshops and conferencing to support and extend learning. To support the face-to-face sessions there are also regular online workshops and discussions. Approximately 50% of the programme is delivered online, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments. The course is also available in Hong Kong at the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education - for further details visit their website.
  • The course adopts a cross-disciplinary approach that focuses on personal and professional development as well as relevant organisational and psychological dimensions of coaching and mentoring.
  • It builds from the certificate stage (three 20 credit modules at level 7), through the diploma stage (three further 20 credit modules) and culminates in a master's dissertation. There are also optional modules that allow you to design a study programme to fit your particular area of interest.
  • Throughout the first year of study you have your own independent, professional coach-supervisor to support the development of your coaching or mentoring.
  • Oxford Brookes is at the leading edge of the coaching and mentoring profession. Our master's programme is taught by leading researchers in the field, including Elaine Cox, Tatiana Bachkirova and visiting professors such as David Clutterbuck and Anthony Grant. For more experienced coaches, we also offer progression to the only professional Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring (DCM) programme in the world.  We also run a Coaching and Mentoring Supervision course which is the next logical step for some.
  • We are an active part of the coaching and mentoring community, hosting the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, an Annual Coaching and Mentoring Research Conference and the Oxford Brookes Coaching and Mentoring Society, which provides collaboration and networking opportunities for academics and professionals from a wide spectrum of coaching and mentoring interests.
For more information about postgraduate study at the Business School, come to one of our Business School Open Days or visit our web pages.

Professional accreditation

All our credit-bearing coaching and mentoring courses start with a rigorous quality validation against the level 7 Masters standard for Higher Education in the UK. This is done by a panel drawn from the whole of Oxford Brookes University, plus external representatives from the profession. The teaching and assessment quality is monitored through strict internal procedures, and continually audited by an external examiner from another university.

This course in detail

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
Positive Psychology
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.

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.

Key facts


Business School

Course length

Part-time: MA: 2-5 years, PGDip: 16 months, PGCert: 8 months

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Start date

September 2014

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How to apply / Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should normally have a first degree or equivalent professional experience.

If you have already gained a coaching or mentoring qualification at an appropriate level, you may be given exemption from the Practice Fundamentals module.

Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

  • IELTS minimum level 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing components

Further information about the use of TOEFL for entry and visa applications onto courses at Oxford Brookes

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 UKPASS.

You apply for this course through UKPASS.
Please contact Business School enquiries for application 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.

Careers and professional development

How this course helps you develop

In addition to a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in coaching and mentoring practice, the course provides opportunities for networking with other coaches/mentors and to work with volunteers to develop your practice in a particular area. You are also encouraged to join our coaching and mentoring community by attending OBCAMS and joining our LinkedIn groups.


  • Our Faculty of Business is the UK’s leading provider of master’s-level education in coaching and mentoring practice. Our postgraduate courses develop you as a coach or mentor and demonstrate your coaching credibility and expertise. Anyone looking to establish a reputation and build a career in coaching and mentoring will benefit from one of our part-time postgraduate level qualifications.
  • Graduates of the course find that their employment opportunities are enhanced or that their business increases as a result of their greater depth of understanding of the field and the variety of new networks and contacts formed during the course.

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

Students are supported in Year 1 by the programme leaders, the module tutors and their own dedicated professional coaching supervisor. Supervisors not part of the tutorial team, but are recruited specifically to develop coaching practice with the students, according to need.

In Year 2, students are supported by module tutors and an academic supervisor who works with students during the dissertation.

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 publishes 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 community of research active staff and students. They have wide-ranging interests in many specialist areas within the general field of business and management.

Our researchers have disseminated their findings in numerous publications in refereed journals and in papers that have been 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.