Coaching and Mentoring Practice, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
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On this part-time MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice course at Oxford Brookes University 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 you to research and informs your models and modes of practice. With a unique blend of tutor input and individual coach-supervisor support, you will apply your knowledge to a variety of working contexts.

This Coaching and Mentoring Practice course at Oxford Brookes University 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.

Why choose this course?

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 (Wheatley Campus) 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 course is also available in Hong Kong at the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education. For further details please visit their website

  • 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.
  • Oxford Brookes is at the leading edge of the coaching and mentoring professions. Our master's programme is taught by leading researchers in the field, including Dr Elaine Cox, Dr Tatiana Bachkirova 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.

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

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.

Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

English language requirements
  • IELTS minimum level 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing components.
This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2212 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 60 months.
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  • Home / EU part-time on-campus fee: £11,060 for the full MA course if studied across consecutive years (includes the three diploma and three certificate level modules)
  • Postgraduate Diploma award (6 modules) is £8,240 (£5,530 year 1 and £2,710 year 2) or Postgraduate Certificate (3 modules) is £4,150

Living costs for Oxford

  • 939 - 1530 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Sources of Funding for Postgraduate UK and EU students

  • Postgraduate support scheme 2015
  • John Henry Brookes Scholarships
  • Santander Scholarships
  • Faculty or Department Taught Masters Scholarships
  • de Rohan Scholarship 2015
  • Alumnus, Friends and Family Discount Schemes
  • Bursaries from External Organisations 2014-15
  • University Research Studentships
  • Public funding

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