Taught course

Coaching and Mentoring Practice

Oxford Brookes University · Business School

Entry requirements

You should normally have a first degree or equivalent professional experience. If you have already gained a coaching or mentoring qualification at an appropriate level, you may be given exemption from the Practice Fundamentals module.

Months of entry


Course content

On this part-time MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice course you integrate your prior work and life experiences with the theoretical concepts underpinning coaching and mentoring. 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 or mentor. This will help you to research and informs your models and modes of practice. With a unique blend of tutor input and individual coach-supervisor support, you will apply your knowledge to a variety of working contexts.

This course is aimed at internal or external coaches, consultants, mentor co-ordinators, coaching psychologists, counsellors, managers, human resources development or leadership professionals from the voluntary, public and private sectors. It is not always necessary to have a degree, as long as you have an appropriate level of experience.

Coaching and Mentoring Practice Fundamentals

This module, for which you have your own professional coach-supervisor in addition to a course tutor, extends over five months. It provides vital experience of acting as a mentor/coach and of being professionally supervised in that role.

You will apply coaching and mentoring methodologies, such as personal profiling and personal development planning, which are translated into rigorous intellectual study through reflective practice and critical analysis. You can choose whether to focus specifically on mentoring, performance coaching, developmental or another type of coaching.

Transformational Learning and Adult Development

On this module you are encouraged to think critically and increase your awareness of issues in adult learning and development which impact directly on coaching and mentoring.

Psychotherapeutic Dimensions of Coaching and Mentoring

You will focus on how the three main areas of psychotherapy and counselling impact coaching and mentoring. These include: psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural.

After successfully completing these three modules, you may leave the programme and graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.

At the diploma stage, participants complete three further modules:

Advanced Coaching and Mentoring Practice

On this module you explore a more challenging level of professional practice. In-depth workshops develop the practice of the reflective, evidence-based professional practitioner.

In addition, there are optional modules which fit your particular area of interest. You select two modules from the following:

  • Psychological Perspectives on the Self
  • Coaching and Mentoring in Organisations
  • Positive Psychology
  • Independent Study
  • Research in Coaching and Mentoring

After successfully completing these three modules, you may leave the programme and graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.

Master's-level study consists of a 60-credit Dissertation module. It involves a piece of investigative research which focuses on a research problem of particular interest to you and is often work-based.

After successfully completing your dissertation, you will graduate with an MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice.

Information for international students

English Language Requirements: IELTS minimum level 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing components

Fees and funding

Please see https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-60 months


part time
16 months


part time
8 months

Course contact details

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