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Coaching and Mentoring Practice

MA / PGDip / PGCert

Oxford Brookes Business School

Our part-time MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice is taught through our renowned International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies and is facilitated by our team of leading educators and researchers in the field.

On this course you integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring. You expand your knowledge of theories and develop the skills and approaches necessary grow professionally as a coach or mentor. This helps to inform your models and modes of practice and can lead to insightful research.

With the support of a unique blend of tutor input and individual coach-supervisor support, you will apply your knowledge to a variety of working contexts.

This course is aimed at internal or external coaches, consultants, mentor co-ordinators, coaching psychologists, counsellors, managers, human resources development or leadership professionals from the voluntary, public and private sectors. You could be new to coaching and mentoring or an established coach or mentor. It's not always necessary to have a degree if you can show you have an appropriate level of experience.

Come to a Postgraduate Open Day or Master's Online Information Session.

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

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

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

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

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

  • Flexibility - you learn through a series of monthly study days held in Oxford plus regular online workshops and conferencing to support and extend your learning. Regular online workshops and discussions support the face-to-face sessions. Approximately 50% of the programme is delivered online, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments.
  • Professional and personal development - we focus on your personal and professional development as well as relevant organisational and psychological dimensions of coaching and mentoring.
  • Coach/ Supervisor guidance - Throughout the first year of study you have your own independent, professional coach-supervisor to support the development of your coaching or mentoring. In the second year, you have an academic supervisor to guide you as you deepen your understanding and undertake a piece of research.
  • Oxford Brookes is at the leading edge of the coaching and mentoring profession. Our master's programme is taught through our International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies and facilitated by our team leading of educators and researchers in the field, including Professor Tatiana Bachkirova. As well leading research many of our teaching team are active practitioners in both coaching and mentoring and ensure that this experience is shared as an integral element of our teaching.
  • Active coaching and mentoring Network - We host 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.

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

All assessment is based on a variety of coursework assignments and a dissertation - there are no exams.

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.

We've invested over £30m to create modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Business School.

Completed in 2017, you'll see:

• The Business School brought together in a modern, professional environment

• 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre

• A new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations

• Social learning spaces and a cafe

• A new gateway into the Headington Campus.

Our library provides specialist business resources  (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.

Attendance pattern

The programme is taught through a series of Friday or Saturday seminars and workshops (approximately one a month).

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - part time fee: 2019/20: £5,860 (year 1 students) £5,750 (year 2 students) 2020/21: £6,250 (year 1 students) £5,860 (year 2 students)

2019/20: Diploma award (6 modules) £5,860 (1st year students), £2,820 (2nd year students), Certificate (3 modules) £4,400 2020/21: Diploma award (6 modules) £6,250 (1st year students), £2,880 (2nd year students), Certificate (3 modules) £5,800

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see funding for Postgraduate students from the UK and EU

Entry requirements

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

However, If you do not have a degree, in some cases your experience and other educational activities may equip you to be able to succeed in study at this level. We will consider you application and you may be invited for interview in order to discuss your needs.

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

There is guidance for students bringing in credit from other programmes and you can discuss your application with the Programme Lead.

Entry will also be subject to two satisfactory references.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the university's English language requirements:

  • IELTS minimum level 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing, and 5.5 in listening and speaking).

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 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

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

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

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.


Oxford Brookes University Business School 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 this 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.

If you are passionate about research and want to take your professional expertise to the next level, following your MA you can extend your sutdy to its highest level by completing our Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring Programme.

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

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

In Year 2, you 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.

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.