Taught course

Existential Coaching

New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling · New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling

Entry requirements

Successful applications will have a good undergraduate degree in a related social science or psychology subject; a previous Masters degree; or equivalent professional training. Access to a reliable internet connection will also needed. Some experience of coaching is an advantage. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English fluency: the details of what is required can be found on the application form. The course can be studied by distance learning with intensives of 5 or 10 days being offered in London, at the NSPC premises in London NW6. Some modules are also available online.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The MA in Existential Coaching is a joint programme between NSPC and Middlesex University, leading to an MA awarded by MIddlesex University as well as sufficient hours of training and coaching practice to make graduates eligible to apply for membership of the International Coaching Federation. The philosophy of this programme is existential, which means that the focus of students’ practical work will be on understanding the human predicaments of their clients in a philosophical way. It draws on the work of existential and phenomenological thinkers and on the practice of existential psychotherapy.

The final dissertation will therefore include a discursive, philosophical element and the research will usually be based on phenomenological enquiry.

In order to encourage the integration of a variety of counselling and therapeutic approaches with the practice of coaching, the programme will include elements of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic training and also of cognitive-behavioural training, cumulating in the study of integrative aspects of coaching interventions. We aim to prepare students and trainees to become well rounded professional coaches, capable of work within diverse settings and able to critically evaluate their own work. With so few coaching courses currently available, we expect that our graduates will become leaders in their field.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Lindsay van Dijk
0203 515 0223