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Coaching and Mentoring Practice

MA / PGDip / PGCert

Oxford Brookes Business School

On this part-time MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice course you will integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring. You will expand your knowledge and understanding of theories and then relate that understanding to the skills and approaches necessary to develop professionally as a coach or mentor. This will help to inform your models and modes of practice and lead to interesting and useful 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.

As well as an internationally recognised qualification from Oxford Brookes University, you can also gain fast track ‘Professional Member’ entry to the Association of Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS)

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. It is not always necessary to have a degree, as long as you have an appropriate level of experience.

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

Available start dates

September 2018 / September 2019

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

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

UCAS Postgraduate code


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:

  • It is delivered via 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.
  • The focus is on your personal and professional development as well as relevant organisational and psychological dimensions of coaching and mentoring.
  • 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 of study 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 leading researchers in the field, including Prof Tatiana Bachkirova, Dr Elaine Cox and visiting professors such as Professor David Clutterbuck and Dr Anthony Grant.
  • 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.

This part-time course consists of seven modules of study amounting to 180 credits. You will study the certificate stage (three 20-credit modules), through to the diploma stage (three further 20-credit modules) and finally a master's dissertation (60 credits). Should you wish, you are able to step off the programme at the end of the certificate or diploma stages and graduate with that award.

Please see the course structure chart.

Coaching and Mentoring Practice Fundamentals: This module, for which you have your own professional coach-supervisor, extends over five months. It provides vital experience of acting as a mentor/coach and of being professionally supervised in that role.

You will apply coaching and mentoring methodologies, such as personal profiling and personal development planning, which are translated into rigorous intellectual study through reflective practice and critical analysis. You can choose whether to focus specifically on mentoring, performance coaching, developmental or another type of coaching.

The practice module draws on the expertise of internationally recognised coaching and mentoring experts. The module includes 180 degree feedbackand systematic reflection on practice, providing insight into areas for personal and organisational growth.

Transformational Learning and Adult Development: On this module you are encouraged to think critically and increase your awareness of issues in adult learning and development which impact directly on coaching and mentoring practice.

Psychotherapeutic Dimensions of Coaching and Mentoring:You will focus on how the three main areas of psychotherapy and counselling 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. Boundaries and ethical issues will be considered and respected.

After successfully completing these three modules, you may leave the programme and graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.

At the diploma stage, participants complete three further modules:

Advanced Coaching and Mentoring Practice: On this 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.

In addition, there are optional modules which fit your particular area of interest. You select two 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)

After successfully completing these three modules, you may leave the programme and graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.

Master's-level study consists of a 60-credit Dissertation module. It involves 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

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

Set to be complete 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: 2017/18: £11,280 for the full MA course if studied across consecutive years (£5,640 year 1 and £5,640 year 2 - includes the three diploma and three certificate level modules). 2018/19: £11,500 for the full MA course if studied across consecutive years (£5,750 year 1 and £5,750 year 2 - includes the three diploma and three certificate level modules)

2017/18: Diploma award (6 modules) is £8,400 (£5,640 year 1 and £2,760 year 2) and Certificate (3 modules) £4,230. 2018/19 Diploma award (6 modules) is £8,565 (£5,750 year 1 and £2,815 year 2) and Certificate (3 modules) £4,310

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.

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

Entry will also be subject to two satisfactory references.

Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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