This part-time course consists of seven modules of study amounting to 180 credits studied over a two-year period.
You study three stages: The postgraduate certificate stage which consists of three 20-credit modules, the postgraduate diploma stage has three further 20-credit modules and finally the master's dissertation has a full 60 credits. If you choose to, you can step off the programme at the end of the postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma stage and graduate with that award.
Please see the course structure chart.
Coaching and Mentoring Practice Fundamentals: This module provides you with vital experience of acting as a mentor/coach and of being professionally supervised by a professional coach supervisor. You draw on the expertise of internationally recognised coaching and mentoring experts. Over a period of five months, you apply coaching and mentoring methodologies, such as personal profiling and personal development planning. You can then choose whether to focus specifically on mentoring, performance coaching, developmental or another type of coaching. With 180 degree feedback and systematic reflection you can identify areas for personal and organisational growth.
Transformational Learning and Adult Development: You examine a number of transformational and adult learning theories and concepts and how they apply to coaching and mentoring. You are encouraged to think critically and increase your awareness of issues in adult learning and development.
Psychotherapeutic Dimensions of Coaching and Mentoring: You will focus on how important approaches in psychotherapy and counselling can impact coaching and mentoring. These include: psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural. We explore the philosophy and theory of the different schools within these orientations and their different techniques and models. You consider boundaries and ethical issues and draw your own opinion on how these ideas have been applied. This will help enable you identify and build your own approach.
After successfully completing these three modules, you can opt to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.
At the postgraduate diploma stage, you complete three further modules:
Advanced Coaching and Mentoring Practice: On this compulsory module you explore a more challenging level of professional practice. In-depth workshops develop the practice of the reflective, evidence-based professional practitioner. You will continue to develop your coaching and mentoring practice and receive one-to-one supervision throughout this module.
You then select two modules from the following (please note that typically one of these modules will be held on a Friday and one will be held on a Saturday).
Psychological Perspectives on the Self: You engage with a theoretical and practical framework for developmental coaching which is based upon a holistic perspective on individuals and understanding of the concept of self. This includes insights and ideas about the self from psychology, neuroscience and the philosophy of mind. You look at implications for personal well-being, self-efficacy, motivation and self-esteem. You discuss how these ideas link to coaching practice and focus on the changes in the self during the coaching process. This module helps you reflect on your own personal development and style of coaching.
Coaching and Mentoring in Organisations: In this module you explore the processes and issues involved in setting up a formal coaching and mentoring scheme within an organisational setting. In particular, you examine a range of organisational dynamics and crucial factors for implementing a successful scheme. You will need to arrange access to stakeholders of a scheme in an organisation well in advance as your assignment will normally be based around a real case-study. The assignment will be to evaluate an existing scheme, or assess the organisation’s readiness for the new scheme.
Independent Study (may be work-based or theoretical): You have the opportunity to engage in independent study of a coaching and mentoring related topic, issue or area, which has not been available to study elsewhere or to expand on an area of interest identified during practice or previous study.
Research in Coaching and Mentoring (compulsory for students completing the full MA): This module will help you develop your knowledge of a range of research approaches, methods and techniques appropriate to the study of coaching and mentoring. You will develop skills in evaluating research carried out and reported by others, looking at the ‘evidence-base’ for coaching and mentoring professional practice.
After successfully completing these three modules, you can graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring Practice or continue Master's-level study which consists of a 60-credit Dissertation module.
Dissertation: You complete a piece of investigative or literature-cased research and this comprises sixty credits of your degree. You prepare you dissertation proposal in the first semester of the second year and you work on your dissertation during semester two and three. You will build on your learning throughout the course and you are supported through six methodology workshops, a buddy system and academic supervision.
Your dissertation is a piece of investigative research which focuses on a research problem of particular interest to you and is often work-based.
After successfully completing your dissertation, you will graduate with an MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, course content and module choices may change from those currently listed in the course entry.
Teaching and learning
How is the programme delivered?
This programme is taught through a series of Friday or Saturday seminars and workshops (approximately one a month). We use 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 online in the Oxford Brookes virtual learning environment through which you can discuss, debate and support each other in your studies. You are encouraged to communicate electronically with your supervisor and tutors (eg by email, Skype, etc).
All modules also have an element of Internet based support – either self-managed learning workshops or discussions, which are accessed via our Brookes Virtual website.
How much time should you set aside for study?
Each online unit requires 3 to 4 hours of student effort. We usually recommend you set aside the equivalent of two days a week for your practice and study.
All teaching, learning and assessment activities draw on the professional backgrounds, experience and knowledge of all participants and encourage critical reflection. Teaching staff have research interests and expertise in coaching and mentoring and related fields. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide further input. You can attend events from the Oxford Brookes Coaching and Mentoring Society (OBCAMS), which meets monthly, and attracts outside speakers and presenters from all areas of coaching and mentoring.
Approach to assessment
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