Taught course

Mindfulness and Compassion

Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Admission onto to the course requires a level of knowledge and skills which would normally be provided by an Honours degree.

Each application will be considered on its own merit in the context of the course content, but the entry requirements would normally be:

  • a first or second (lower or upper) class degree in a relevant subject (for example Allied Health professions, Coaching, Psychology, Social Science, Humanities, Theology, Counselling), or equivalent;
  • an awareness of meditation and mindfulness, evidenced in your application;
  • evidence of ability to reflect upon personal/ professional development, evidenced in your application and interview;
  • a successful admission interview.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must also be able to demonstrate IELTS 6.5. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

Months of entry


Course content


Please note: there are only 25 places on this course.

This part-time course, available as a PgDip or an MSc, is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge base and set of skills which, combined with a broad range of experiential teaching, will equip them to pursue careers allied to mindfulness.


The course can lead to a postgraduate diploma or an MSc, which is taught part-time over two years (18 months in the case of the PgDip). It is highly experiential, with a clear focus upon development of mindfulness practice. The course focuses on compassion alongside mindfulness and enables students to develop a deep understanding.

This course allows students to explore the varying ways in which mindfulness is taught and develop insight into teaching a variety of different groups. Students will be able to develop their own practice and learn much more about the philosophy and westernised approaches to mindfulness. The course also includes a six day teacher training retreat.


Mindfulness CIC During the first year students will be expected to reflect regularly on the development of their meditation practice, cultivating an understanding of the impact of mindfulness on their lives. Students will be introduced to a range of meditation practices and themes, and will be required to link these practices to theory and empirical research knowledge. Students will develop in-depth knowledge of the life of the Buddha and grounding in Buddhist teachings on mindfulness. Students are also introduced to the various western secular based mindfulness interventions. Students will develop a good understanding of research methods during the first year. The end of the first year involves a teacher training retreat and further development and experience in teaching mindfulness.

During the second year students are introduced to neuro-psychology with regards to mindfulness, the structural changes that occur in the brain in response to meditation. Mindfulness in a range of contexts is also introduced, including educational and a range of healthcare settings.

Those students completing an MSc will go on to develop an advanced literature review on a topic of their choice. Students will also engage in further meditation practice mainly around compassion.

This course is delivered in partnership with Mindfulness CIC (was the Midlands Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion).


The MSc is assessed through a range of written coursework and assessed practicals and presentations.

Fees and funding

UK students
MSc: £7,374 | PgDip: £4,916

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

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