Research course

Doctorate in Coaching and Mentoring

Oxford Brookes University · Business School

Entry requirements

For graduate entry to Year 1, applicants would normally be expected to have a good honours degree, plus three years' experience in a related field. Those with appropriate master's level qualifications may be eligible for exemptions from certain elements of the programme and could enter either in Year 2 or Year 3, depending on experience and qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring (DCM) fosters excellence in professional practice by developing the capabilities needed to become a leader in the field. You will be challenged to augment your existing expertise and to push the boundaries of your knowledge, in order to operate at the highest level, be confident in providing facilitation and consultancy, and be competent in researching the field.

This part-time programme is delivered by the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies and is aimed at experienced professionals seeking to extend their knowledge and understanding of coaching and mentoring. It has been designed to develop skills and confidence in providing facilitation and consultancy, as well as competence in research and evaluation. The programme integrates professional expertise and scholarly inquiry, culminating in doctoral research training and the design of original empirical research leading to completion of a doctoral thesis.

Why choose this course?

The Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring is the only one of its type in the UK. Its key features are:

  • Individual academic support from a team of expert researchers in the field. Staff have specific research interests and expertise in coaching and mentoring or related fields and visiting specialists provide further expert input. Assessment is through coursework assignments and a doctoral thesis, which is examined by traditional viva voce.
  • Oxford Brookes Business School is a member of EDAMBA (European Doctoral Association in Management and Business Administration) PhDs and Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring (DCaM) programmes which shows recognition for our high quality programmes. This membership has numerous benefits to the Business School and its doctoral students.
  • You will join a small, well-motivated group of like-minded students who will share your research journey. As a professional doctorate the programme is designed for experienced coaches or mentors seeking to deepen their knowledge and demonstrate commitment to the field.
  • Training is given in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and most importantly the programme provides the support and opportunity to become an autonomous, published researcher. In this way you gain deeper, more critical insights into professional practices and concerns
  • Studies are facilitated by monthly workshops in Oxford, which continue throughout the duration of the doctorate. The programme is part-time (five years including study at master's level, or three years if you enter with credit from an existing master's). There are also online workshops and discussions which augment face-to-face workshops
  • Applicants would normally be expected to have a good honours degree, plus at least three years' experience in a related field. There is a 10% discount on the fee for alumni.

For more information about postgraduate study at the Business School, come to one of our Business School Open Days, or visit our web pages.

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Department specialisms

Accounting, Governance and Information Management Coaching and Mentoring Economics and International Business Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Management Management and Organisational Studies Marketing and Operations Management Pedagogy

Information for international students

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities can be found at:

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DCaM
    part time
    36-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Research Administrator (DCM)
+44 (0)1865 485858