M.A. Coaching and Mentoring Practice

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR6290 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
Oxford Brookes University | Oxford, United Kingdom
The MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice offers a part-time, integrative approach to learning. It enables participants to translate the theoretical knowledge and concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring into their own practice.

Description of Coaching and Mentoring Practice


The MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice offers a part-time, integrative approach to learning. It enables participants to translate the theoretical knowledge and concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring into their own practice. It aims to provide the expansion of knowledge and understanding of theories and then to relate that knowledge to the skills and approaches necessary to develop professionally as a coach or mentor. With a unique blend of tutor and individual coach-supervisor support, participants are immediately equipped to apply the benefits to a variety of different working contexts.

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

  • your own professional coach-supervisor to support the development of your practice throughout the first year
  • a cross disciplinary approach that focuses on personal and professional development as well as relevant organisational and psychological dimensions of coaching and mentoring
  • the programme builds from the certificate stage (three modules), through the diploma stage (three further modules) and culminates in a masters dissertation. There are also option modules that allow you to design a study programme to fit your particular area of interest
  • flexible delivery through seminars and workshops, which take place once a month at our Wheatley Campus on either a Friday or Saturday. To support the face to face sessions there are also regular online workshops and discussions, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments. Assessment is based on coursework assignments and a dissertation - there are no exams.

Why Brookes?

With the largest masters coaching cohort in the UK, we are at the leading edge of the profession. For experienced coaches, we offer the only university-based master's programme in Coaching and Mentoring Supervision, and we are the first to add a professional Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring to our portfolio.

We provide programmes for practitioners working across a range of settings, including business, industry, education and healthcare. Our academic staff bring a wealth of experience to the classroom and are at the forefront of coaching and mentoring. They continue to practice and research in these fields and are supported by high profile researchers such as Tatiana Bachkirova and visiting professors including David Clutterbuck, who introduced mentoring to Europe in the 1970s and has since become one of the leading authorities on coaching and mentoring.

Our International Centre for Coaching and Leadership Development (ICCLD) has extended the range of coaching services offered to include: coaching supervision and accreditation, postgraduate coaching/mentoring programmes (MA and DCM), customised short courses (with or without credit), coaching consultancy specialising in creating a coaching culture, executive and business coaching and coaching and mentoring programme evaluation.

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 interest.

Career prospects

Oxford Brookes University's Faculty of Business is the UKs leading provider of masters-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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline as early as possible
Tuition fee
  • EUR 6290 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 6290 Year (EEA)

UK/EU £10,240 (total cost for the 24 month course)

Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time

Course Content

This part-time programme comprises seven modules of study amounting to 180 level-7 credits. Its modular structure will allow you to design a programme of work according to your particular area of interest.

Coaching and Mentoring Practice Fundamentals

This 20-credit module, for which you have your own professional coach-supervisor in addition to a course tutor, extends over five months. It provides vital experience of acting as a mentor/coach and of being professionally supervised in that role. It is an opportunity to apply coaching and mentoring methodologies, such as personal profiling and personal development planning, which are then translated into rigorous intellectual study through reflective practice and critical analysis. You may choose whether to focus specifically on mentoring, performance coaching, developmental or some other type of coaching. The practice module draws on the expertise of internationally recognised coaching and mentoring experts. The module also includes a 180 degree feedback system and systematic reflection on practice, giving you insight into areas for personal and organisational growth.

Alongside the practice module you undertake two core 20-credit modules:

Transformational Learning and Adult Development encourages critical thinking and increasing awareness of issues in adult learning and development which impact directly on coaching and mentoring

Psychotherapeutic Dimensions of Coaching and Mentoring focuses on the implications for coaching and mentoring of the three main areas of psychotherapy and counselling: psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural. We explore the philosophy and theory of the different schools within these orientations, along with their different techniques and models. Boundaries and ethical issues will be considered and respected.

After successfully completing these three modules, students may leave the programme with the Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (60 credits).

At Diploma stage, participants complete three further 20-credit modules:

Advanced Coaching and Mentoring Practice takes you into a more challenging level of professional practice. It includes in-depth workshops developing the practice of the reflective, evidence-based professional practitioner. You continue to develop your coaching and mentoring practice, and to receive one-to-one supervision over the three months of this module.

In addition, you select two 20-credit modules from the following:

  • Psychological Perspectives on the Self
  • Coaching and Mentoring in Organisations
  • Positive Psychology
  • Independent Study (may be work-based or theoretical)
  • Research in Coaching and Mentoring (compulsory for students completing the full MA)

Master's-level study culminates in a 60-credit Dissertation module. The dissertation involves a piece of investigative research and comprises one third of the work for the MA degree. The dissertation focuses on a research problem of particular interest to the participant and is often work-based.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)
TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Coaching and Mentoring Practice

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.

  • IELTS minimum level 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing components
  • TOEFL score of 90 or above (internet-based), plus 4.5 in TWE.

Work Experience for Coaching and Mentoring Practice

No work experience is required.

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