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Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring


Key facts

Start dates

September 2023



Course length

Part time: 3 to 5 years

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


We designed this course for experienced coaches or mentors looking to deepen their knowledge, show commitment and contribute to the evidence base of the field. 

The Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring programme develops the capabilities needed to become a researcher and leader in the field and foster excellence in your practice. We will challenge you to build on your existing expertise and push the boundaries of your knowledge so you can:

  • operate at the highest level
  • develop confidence in providing facilitation and consultancy
  • be competent in researching the field.
  • Our teaching staff have specific research interests and expertise in coaching and mentoring or related fields. We also invite visiting specialists to provide further expert input. 

To complete your doctoral thesis, the course includes:

  • doctoral thesis training
  • design of original empirical research
  • professional expertise and scholarly inquiry

This is a part-time course, delivered by the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies. 

How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

There are two entry points for the Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring (DCM) programme. Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Graduate entry

For graduate entry into the five-year DCM programme you should normally have a good honours degree, plus three years' experience in a related field.

Direct entry

For direct entry into the later stage of the DCM programme you should have an appropriate master’s level qualification and experience.

Depending on entry stage you may be eligible for exemptions from certain elements of the programme.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

We are now accepting applications for September 2023 entry. This programme has a limited number of places so early application is recommended.

Applications received in full by mid June 2023 will be considered for interviews being held in June/July 2023.

For further details on the programme including our information pack, module descriptions, funding information, FAQs, guidance on completing a research proposal, references forms and staff profiles please email or

English language requirements

IELTS minimum level 7.0 overall with at least 6.5 in the reading and writing components.

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
2022 / 23
Home (UK) part time
£7,040 (Years 1-2), £8,060 (Years 3-5)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) part time
£7,040 (Years 1-2), £8,060 (Years 3-5)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

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 are detailed below.

Funding your studies

Financial support and scholarships

Featured funding opportunities available for this course.

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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

Learning and assessment

The course is designed as a five-year, part-time programme. During the first stage of the course you will focus on the taught level seven and eight components of the curriculum. This normally takes three years to complete. You will then move on to the second stage, the thesis, which usually takes two years to complete.

The direct entry version of the course can be completed in three years, with level seven exemptions, for existing masters qualifications. At this entry point you complete the level eight taught modules before moving onto the thesis research stage.

We deliver the teaching through regular (monthly) study days here in Oxford. Your learning will be supported from a distance with regular online workshops and discussions. You will also have the option of individual coaching and academic support over the telephone, by email or face-to-face.

Student studying with laptop and headphones

Learning and teaching

The approach of the DCM is cross-disciplinary. You will focus on your own professional development with:

  • reflective practice
  • individual learning
  • peer and group learning activities.

You will also consider pivotal philosophical, social, organisational and psychological dimensions of coaching and mentoring in depth.

We deliver the course with compulsory monthly seminars and study days. To progress to the next stage of the course, you must successfully complete assignments based on methodological training during study days.


Assessment methods used on this course

You will be assessed on a variety of coursework assignments and a thesis. The thesis is examined by traditional viva voce (oral examination).


The International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies is at the forefront of coaching and mentoring research. 

Our journal (International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching & Mentoring), 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 include: philosophical underpinnings of coaching; developmental, leadership and team coaching; resilience; embodiment; transfer of learning; coaching and mentoring and social change; ethics and coaching and the coaching relationship.

Female researcher

After you graduate

Career prospects

Students graduating from the Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring programme can expect to be recognised as experts in their field. This will enhance existing freelance careers and create employment opportunities or promotions.

Students are encouraged to publish while on the course and after completion of the thesis it is likely that you will continue to write for both the popular and academic press.

There may be further career opportunities in academia and industry where the highest level of achievement is recognised and rewarded.

Student profiles

Our Staff

Dr Judie Gannon

Judie is a senior lecturer and programme coordinator for Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring. She is also Deputy Head of Doctoral Programmes for the Oxford Brookes Business School. Her research interests include coaching and mentoring as forms of social change, the coaching and mentoring relationship, managing coaching and mentoring interventions and activism and social movements in coaching and mentoring, as well as undertaking doctoral studies.

Read more about Judie

Professor Tatiana Bachkirova

Tatiana is Professor of Coaching Psychology my responsibilities include teaching on the MA and Doctorate in Coaching and Mentoring Practice; research and academic supervision of MA and doctoral students; supervision of the coaches for Oxford Brookes programmes.

Read more about Tatiana

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.