Taught course

Career Coaching

Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

  • Applicants must normally be an honours graduate of any discipline with a 2.2 degree or above.
  • Applicants, whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of pre-sessional English courses.
  • Applications from students who do not meet with the above entry requirements may be considered, but their degree and experience will be assessed for appropriate content by the Course Director.

Months of entry


Course content


  • MSc Career Coaching – HLST147
  • MSc Career Coaching with Professional Experience – HLST150

The MSc Career Coaching programme has been designed to reflect the growing interest in career coaching by individuals seeking to manage their career development more effectively; and by organisations who want to develop the talent and resilience of their staff. This level of interest is reflected in the progression pathway for talent management that features in the National Occupation Standards (NOS) for Career Development set by the Career Development Institute (CDI). The course will therefore appeal to UK and international students who are existing human service professionals who want to develop their career coaching skills; those who are considering entering the role; and existing career coaches who are seeking a course that is professionally accredited by the CDI (subject to approval).

The MSc Career Coaching with Professional Experience, is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.

Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

Why choose this course?

The course has a number of innovatory features appealing to both home and international students. Firstly, its blended learning approach that takes advantage of the latest development in learning technologies can offer flexible routes for those wishing to combine work and study. Secondly, it will include international theories and models to ensure the course has global relevance. Thirdly, it can help prepare learners for working on a self-employed basis as well as operating as part of dynamic and changing organisations. In addition to providing learners the opportunity to develop employability skills and career prospects, the course should also develop sound and ethical practice in order to meet the demands of National Occupational Standards for Career Coaching (as featured in the ‘Talent Management’ career pathway established by the Career Development Institute).

The course is aimed at those wishing to develop or enhance their current career path, as well as those wishing to progress from an undergraduate degree, such as psychology, childhood and youth studies, social work, and social and healthcare management, into career coaching. The course content can be offered on a CPD basis to a range of professionals who are seeking to develop their talent management skills.

What will I learn?

The core themes are:

  • Theories of career coaching and development
  • Models of career coaching interventions
  • Applied social research for professional practice
  • Consultancy and coaching for change
  • Professional practice and personal development
  • International models of career coaching
  • Researching career opportunities
  • Global professional practice
  • Professional practice dissertation
  • Additional six month internship opportunity

How will this course be taught?

The full-time and part-time study modes will draw on a blended learning approach including taught face-to-face lectures and seminars; tutorials (arranged on a flexible basis); and extensive on-line resources including lecture capture technology, digitised reading resources, discussion forums and examples of practice.

How will I be assessed?

A combination of essays; reflective journals; poster presentations; project and portfolios that will chart the students’ development.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
£6,212 • £11,044 (with Professional Experience)
International students
£11,846 • £15,156 (with Professional Experience)

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44 (0) 24 7765 4321