Taught course

Career Coaching

Birkbeck, University of London · Organizational Psychology

Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

Management development professionals and consultants without a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) but with suitable professional qualifications and at least five years' significant management experience in a range of organisations may be considered.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry


Course content

The career coaching postgraduate programme offers a unique combination of in-depth study of career management, counselling and coaching with practical training in career coaching skills. It includes the development of research skills and the academic study of behaviour at work.

This course aims to equip coaches, consultants, HR professionals and those aspiring to work in the field with the skills required for the role of career coach, coach or consultant.

This is one of the few courses in London to focus on adult career management and coaching. It attracts individuals working in a wide range of settings and organisational contexts, and provides excellent opportunities for peer learning and networking.

We offer this course as a Master’s and a Postgraduate Certificate. For the Certificate you study fewer modules and do not complete a dissertation.

MSc Career Coaching: Our MSc will enable you to coach individuals in organisations, social agencies, higher education and as an independent career coach, and to critically evaluate theory, research and practice in the fields of coaching and consultancy. You will also have the opportunity to apply for one of a limited number of placements with the Birkbeck Careers Service in your second year.

Postgraduate Certificate in Career Coaching: The Postgraduate Certificate is ideal for experienced professionals looking to support their existing skills with a career coaching specialism or as a progression route onto our MSc Career Coaching.


  • This course provides a unique opportunity to undertake a career coaching placement in Birkbeck's Careers Service. If you are successful in securing a placement, you will have the chance to apply your learning in a real-life context and receive regular group support in developing your practice.
  • We are renowned for the quality of our teaching in organisational psychology and for our expertise in the delivery of part-time courses. Our flexible teaching model gives you the freedom to take some modules online and fit your studies around your other commitments.
  • This course has a strong focus on skills building and features bespoke skills training days to help you refine your practice.
  • You will have access to an extensive range of electronic resources, including specially prepared texts for each module, and use of the online learning environment with a high level of staff support.
  • People who hold the MSc Career Coaching meet the qualification requirements for entry to the UK Register of Career Development Professionals. The Register is the sector equivalent of Chartered Status. Being on the Register proves to employers and clients that you hold a qualification in career development at QCF Level 6/SCQF level 11 or above, abide by the CDI Code of Ethics, and undertake and record a minimum of 25 hours' CPD per year. Increasingly employers are asking that employees are on the Register.
Careers and employability

Career coaching is an expanding profession, given the changing world of work. Graduates can pursue career paths in:

  • career management and outplacement agencies
  • university careers advisory services
  • human resources
  • management consultancy
  • private practice.

We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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