Taught course


Northumbria University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

Applicants will be required to submit a personal statement demonstrating desire to and opportunity for implementing coaching into their work context/role or business.

Months of entry


Course content

On this part-time MA in Coaching you will integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching practice.

You will expand your knowledge and understanding of theories and then relate that understanding to the skills and approaches necessary to develop professionally as a coach. This will help you to research and inform your models and modes of coaching practice. To be an effective coach we believe it is important to attend to your personal and emotional development as a coach. With this in mind, we do not just to teach coaching skills or promote ‘one best model’ of coaching. We allow you to explore and expand your coaching repertoire, with structured reflective practice, tutor input, coaching practice as coach and coachee and coach-supervisor support. This enables you to apply your knowledge to a variety of working contexts.

This course is suitable for those that have already completed a foundation coaching qualification preferably at postgraduate level (level 7) and are already practising as a coach either within an organisation or as an independent coach. You may already have the Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching from Northumbria or another institution, or you may have an ILM level 7 coaching qualification or equivalent.

The Postgraduate Diploma is suitable for those who wish to take their knowledge and practice of coaching to the next level; to learn about a range of contemporary coaching functions and of how coaching contributes to organisational performance. We welcome applications from people at all stages of their career and from all sectors of industry.

Professional coaching practice: you will explore a range of contemporary coaching theories, practices and coaching contexts and apply them to your own coaching practice. The module will be flexible to incorporate the interests of the cohort and reflect latest thinking, research and practice in the coaching field.

Typical contexts explored are likely to include leadership and performance coaching, team coaching and career and transition coaching. You will explore these approaches and techniques via underpinning theories and philosophies incorporating ideas such as positive psychology, psychodynamic theory, transactional analysis, mindfulness and the application of latest research from neuroscience.

The Coaching Organisation: you will explore how to integrate coaching as a strategic approach within an organisational development strategy. You will consider the key elements of a coaching strategy for a case study organisation including: the strategic imperatives for coaching; the role of leadership; internal vs external coaches and mentors; creating a coaching culture through 1:1 and team-based approaches; and evaluating effectiveness and return on investment.

Information for international students

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent)

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
12 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
0191 227 4453