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Coaching and Mentoring Practice

MA or PGDip or PGCert

Key facts

Start dates

September 2021 / September 2022



Course length

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

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


Expand your theoretical knowledge and develop the skills and approaches needed to grow as a professional coach or mentor with our MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice. 

The course is delivered by our world-class International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies. which promotes cutting-edge research and teaching. You will:

  • integrate your work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring
  • expand your knowledge of theories.

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. 

You could be new to coaching and mentoring or an established coach or mentor. This course is aimed at:

  • internal or external coaches
  • consultants
  • mentor co-ordinators
  • coaching psychologists
  • counsellors
  • managers
  • human resources development staff
  • leadership professionals from the voluntary, public and private sectors.

It's not always necessary to have a degree if you can show you have an appropriate level of experience.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific 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.

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.

Pathways courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

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.

Application process

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) part time
Masters £12,800 (over 2 years); Diploma £9,400 (over 18 months); Certificate £5,700 (1 year)

Home (UK) part time
Masters £12,925 (over 2 years); Diploma £9,525 (over 18 months); Certificate £5,800 (1 year)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) part time
Masters £12,800 (over 2 years); Diploma £9,400 (over 18 months); Certificate £5,700 (1 year)

2022 / 23
Home (UK) part time
Masters £12,925 (over 2 years); Diploma £9,525 (over 18 months); Certificate £5,800 (1 year)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are the full price of the course.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

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 below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

This part-time course consists of seven modules of study. This amounts to 180 credits studied over a two-year period.

You will study three stages: 

  • the postgraduate certificate stage which consists of three 20-credit modules
  • the postgraduate diploma stage has three further 20-credit modules
  • the master's dissertation has a full 60 credits.

You can choose to finish your studies at the end of the postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma stage and graduate with that award.

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Study modules

The modules listed below are for the master's award. For the PGDip and PGCert awards your module choices may be different. Please contact us for more details.

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Coaching and Mentoring Practice Fundamentals (20 credits)

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 (20 credits)

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: (20 credits)

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.

Advanced Coaching and Mentoring Practice (20 credits)

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.

Psychology of Coaching and Mentoring (20 credits)

The module promotes an advanced understanding of coaching and mentoring based on the research and theories developed in branches of psychology. The module explores insights and ideas from evolutionary psychology, psychobiology, neuroscience, social and discursive psychology with implications for individual change and development. These ideas are discussed with explicit links to coaching and mentoring practice focusing on the needs/intentions of the individual during the coaching and mentoring process.  Students develop an understanding of a range of perspectives which contribute to their style of coaching and promote reflexivity on their sense of self and own personal and professional development.  The module encourages critical enquiry and reflection, professional knowledge and expertise.  There is an emphasis on critical and independent thought, participatory learning, engagement with the peer reviewed literature and participation in contemporary debates in coaching and mentoring.

Coaching and Mentoring in Organisations (20 credits)

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.

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.

Independent study

Optional modules

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.

Final project

Compulsory modules

Dissertation (60 credits)

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.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You will be taught through a series of Friday or Saturday seminars and workshops (approximately one a month). You can choose Friday or Saturday as your preferred day of attendance. 

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods. You will:

  • develop active learning techniques
  • reflect on practice
  • carry out independent research.

You can discuss, debate and support others in your studies through the Oxford Brookes virtual learning environment. All modules have an element of internet based support. Approximately 50% of the programme is delivered online. 

We recommend that you set aside the equivalent of two days a week for your practice and study. Each online unit requires three to four hours of work. 

Your professional background, experience and knowledge will be drawn on through all teaching, learning and assessment activities. Critical reflection is encouraged. 


Assessment methods used on this course

You will be assessed on a variety of coursework assignments and a dissertation. There are no exams.


The master's programme is taught through the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies. At the forefront of coaching and mentoring research, it is facilitated by a team of leading educators and researchers in the field.

Our journal, annual conferences and professional network OBCAMS (the Oxford Brookes Coaching and Mentoring Society) offer excellent opportunities for the dissemination and sharing of research and ideas.

Research areas:

  • philosophical underpinnings of coaching
  • developmental, leadership and team coaching
  • resilience
  • embodiment
  • transfer of learning
  • the coaching relationship.

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. It attracts outside speakers and presenters from all areas of coaching and mentoring.  

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After you graduate

Career prospects

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 study to its highest level by completing our Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring Programme.

Our Staff

Dr Adrian Myers

Adrian is the course leader for the MA in Coaching and Mentoring practice and teaches the Level 7 programme in Coaching and Mentoring. Adrian also supports organisations to help internal coaching schemes and helping managers acquire coaching skills.

Read more about Adrian

Dr Ioanna Iordanou

Ioanna is a senior lecturer in Human Resource Management who is researching the influence of Coaching on individual and team performance, group dynamics, leadership development and change management.

Read more about Ioanna

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.