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The Master of Studies (MSt) in Coaching has been designed to address a gap in the market for experienced coach practitioners who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of evidence-based psychological models of coaching praxis, with academic modules in neuroscience, practical philosophy, systems theory and emerging trends in research – suitable for coaching in a range of contexts.

The programme is aimed at coach practitioners who have at least 3 years’ demonstrable coaching experience in their chosen domain.

Watch the recording of our recent Open Day for more information.


Teaching & Assessment

We plan to deliver our postgraduate and MSt qualifications in-person in the academic year 2022-23. Please note that this will be reviewed in line with the latest public health guidance available at the time. If required, to ensure the health and safety of students, we may look to utilise alternative teaching formats and will contact students if we expect changes to the course delivery.


The taught units are structured as follows:

Year 1

Unit 1 - Psychological Coaching plus 1-day Research Methods 

This unit sets out the landscape for the course that advocates a psychological mindedness approach to coaching, irrespective of the coaching context in which students operate.

Unit 2 - Evidenced-Based Coaching plus 1-day Research Methods

This unit moves students’ thinking and attention from pure psychologically based models to those that are more evidenced based. The unit intention is to help students to develop the competence to challenge that evidence base critically and rigorously.

Unit 3 - Neuroscience and Coaching plus 1-day Research Methods

This unit builds on the two previous units and helps to strengthen students’ competence in critical and analytical thinking as more scientific evidence is presented to them about coaching related issues in the context of the emerging interest and understanding of brain research.

Year 2

Unit 4 – Practical Philosophy for Coaching

This pivotal unit provides students with the opportunity to reflect on and contemplate their coaching practice through a philosophical lens. The aim of the unit is to not only provide insight and clarity on what has been studied so far but to also provoke healthy challenge and debate to students’ understanding of the coaching landscape.

Unit 5 - Coaching in Systems

This unit develops the idea that coaching does not happen in isolation and argues for coaches to take a systemic approach to coaching that ultimately yields greater benefits to all those potentially affected by the outcomes of the coaching process.

Unit 6 – Emerging Trends in Coaching

This unit builds on the learning gained from unit 2, and can be considered a synthesis of the content of all the units studied so far. The actual content of this unit is informed by contemporary and emerging research studies.

Dissertation - Research Methods: Theory and Practice

This unit consists of 3-days Research Methods taught provision in Year 1 with additional online support followed by Year 2 Dissertation plus supervision.


All units on the course use summative assessment approaches designed to ensure experiential learning and work-based real-life relevance. Approaches may include, but are not limited to: short answer questions, essays, evaluative studies of problem-based scenarios, group presentations, critical analysis of literature and case studies, research proposals and research dissertations. All unit assessments are the equivalent of a 3000-4000 essay.

The dissertation examination shall include a research project of 12,000 (+/- 10%) words plus an oral examination on the dissertation and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls and on the other work submitted by the candidate.

Course dates

23 Jan 2023 to 19 Jan 2025

Course duration

2 Years

Apply by

28 Jul 2022

Course fee

Home: £15,000
Overseas: £22,500

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Various locations
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

180 credits at Master of Studies

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