MSc Coaching and Mentoring is designed for those wishing to enter professional coaching and mentoring, or for those who are already professional coaches but who wish to extend their knowledge and practice to Masters level.
The programme is based on the use of transformative learning and covers the underlying principles and key theories of coaching and mentoring at Executive Level. This includes the key contemporary theories related to coaching and mentoring; supervision; attaining professional standards; ethics and ethical coaching practice; Transformative reflection; and the practical application in the contextualised work environment.
You will develop an understanding of the key challenges in contemporary coaching and mentoring, including; improved knowledge of the key theories appertaining to coaching and mentoring; an understanding of the ethics and how to attain professional recognition; an understanding of transformative reflection and transformative coaching; the opportunity to publish your work.
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This can lead to a career in Executive Coaching and Mentoring. Coaching and mentoring is regarded by employers as a contemporary method of leadership and management training within organisations.
The overall aims of the programme are:
- Encourage critical self-reflection on your coaching and mentoring practice to identify opportunities for purposeful research and learning.
- Provide a stimulating and challenging academic and scholarly environment for you to research a personally negotiated topic area within the field of coaching/mentoring.
- Enable you to conduct a critical review of contemporary debates and discourses relevant to your field of study.
- Develop systematic skills of objective analysis and critical evaluation of evidence, and develop confidence in presenting your findings and conclusions.
- Develop advanced academic writing skills in a style prescribed by professional publications in your field of practice.
- Encourage the expansion of your practice within your profession through the dissemination of your research findings to your wider community of professional practice.
Coaching and Mentoring - Develop the knowledge and skills needed by those who are, and who aspire to be coaches and/or mentors within an organisational context.
Coaching Supervision - Understand an area of supervision, including the coach/supervisor relationship, ethical contracting, critical self-reflection and personal development.
Transformative Reflection / Professional Identity - Understand the concept and theory behind transformative learning, transformative reflection and transformative coaching, including links to developing and changing professional identity.
Research Methods - Select, devise, analyse and synthesise research and evidence-based practice findings.
Extending Professional Competence - Explore coaching and mentoring as a service operation. Covering entrepreneurship and business development, marketing, service operations, financial forecasting, and business planning.
Attaining Professional Standards in Coaching and Mentoring - Develop a comprehensive critical understanding of the purpose and principles of professional codes of ethics for coaching and mentoring.
Coaching and Mentoring Dissertation
For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
Have a question about our entry requirements?
1st or 2nd class honours degree.
Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course, please contact the Enquiry Centre for further details.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) may be considered for relevant prior learning at the same academic level.
- Applicants must normally hold an honours degree (minimum class 2:2) of a recognised university or comparable institution in a Business-related or Psychology-related discipline (or equivalent), or have an appropriate level of experience.
- There is an expectation that you will have access to conduct work-based coaching/mentoring practice.
- Selection for the course will be based upon qualifications and/or experience demonstrated in application form and interview.
Making your application
Applications should be made online directly to the university using the apply button above. If you need more details or guidance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either - an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or - an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa.
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We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and funds available to support you throughout your studies with us. This includes the Cumbria Bursary - a non-repayable bursary designed to support first year students with a household income of less than £25,000.Student Finance
All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc.