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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Coaching and Mentoring

Take a unique course designed for people who want to become capable, confident and professional coaches or mentors. Through group discussion, one-to-one coaching and work-based projects, you develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively in a range of different contexts.

Course length 2 Years
Location City Campus

Course description

Coaching and mentoring have the potential to bring direct benefits to employees, organisations and stakeholders. For example, they can • help leaders get the best out of employees • improve performance • help people through transition and change • support people in times of personal challenge and resilience. They can also contribute to a positive, proactive and open working culture.

About this course
This specialist part-time course is for
• individuals who want to become capable, confident, professional and ethical coaches and mentors
• HR, OD, change and strategic leaders and consultants seeking to introduce coaching and mentoring concepts, practices and schemes into their organisations to enable change and improve performance
• developmental consultants or trainers seeking to develop their coach/mentor training skills and credentials
• managers, executives and directors seeking to introduce coaching and mentoring into their own sphere of influence.

The postgraduate certificate stage introduces you to coaching and mentoring and the core practices needed to become an effective practitioner. You develop practical skills through coaching demonstrations and substantial coaching practice. You also reflect on your progress as a learner and practitioner, and are supported with reflective practice approaches and supervision.

The MSc stage enables you to become a ethical and critically reflexive practitioner, able to operate effectively as a coach or mentor in a range of different contexts. In addition, you gain the knowledge and skills to engage in research-based inquiry into the theory and practice of coaching and mentoring to enhance the range and depth of your coaching practice.

Course benefits
The postgraduate certificate stage is accredited by the EMCC at Senior Practitioner level. We are the only UK university to offer this.

The course is unique in the market in that it examines how a coach or mentor can best work with an individual in the context of their organisational system. We draw on theories and case studies, and examine individual and organisational psychology.

We help you develop your own practice as a coach or mentor. This involves examining our presence and approaches as well as commercial matters such as business development and networking.

The course is delivered by a team of nationally renowned tutors who are specialists in the field.

You have the opportunity to study emerging areas such as team coaching and applied practice.

We also provide one-to-one coaching supervision throughout the programme to help you reflect on your own personal development and gauge the effectiveness and ethics of your work.

Learning and assessment
During the course you examine and critically analyse coaching and mentoring theories and concepts. We adopt coaching as a learning style, which enhances learning and allows us to examine and reflect on different coaching approaches. You benefit from
• facilitated group discussions and experiential activity
• feedback on your skills practice
• case studies and experiences from tutors
• supervision groups for further practice and reflection, supported by a member of the tutor team
• one-to-one coaching/mentoring supervision support
• one-to-one supervision for the advanced practitioner inquiry module and MSc dissertation stage
• membership of the coaching and mentoring research group (CMRU) which meets regularly to discuss research projects
• support you to develop your own network of coachees/mentees.

Professional recognition

The Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring level is primarily focused on developing students' professional practice to meet the professional expectations of the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) at Senior Practitioner level. Students successfully completing the Postgraduate Certificate will be entitled to a certificate confirming that they have completed a programme of training accredited by the EMCC at Senior Practitioner level.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

You normally need one of the following

• a good first degree

• an equivalent recognised professional qualification, in a business or social science-related discipline from an approved awarding body.

You may already have developed substantial knowledge, experience and skills in a relevant field. We consider applications from people without a first degree individually. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If your first language is not English you must show a high level of written and verbal English language skill. A TOEFL test minimum mark, paper-based 570, computer-based 235, or IELTS 6.0, is the standard for non-native speakers of English. We offer English language tuition for students before the start of this course.

Course structure

Part-time – typically eight months for the postgraduate certificate and two years for the MSc.

Modules are taught in four day blocks, with approximately eight weeks between each one.

Starts February 2017

Typical modules may include

Postgraduate certificate

For the Postgraduate Certificate you complete an induction day and the following four modules. You also complete 90 hours of off-workshop coaching/mentoring practice.

Coaching and mentoring: skills
You develop critical awareness, understanding and application of the skills and techniques of mentoring and coaching in a range of live settings.

Coaching and mentoring: psychology
This module introduces you to the different schools of coaching and mentoring psychology and then examines three of the approaches in more detail – gestalt, psychodynamic and transaction analysis. You use these approaches to gain a deeper understanding into your own make-up as a coach which will serve to enhance your coaching/mentoring practice.

Coaching and mentoring: leadership and change
In this module you examine the key leadership and change issues facing coaching and mentoring clients. You examine how they take up leadership as individuals leading their lives. We also explore leadership and change in their work organisations and examine how they take up their leadership and authority.

Coaching and mentoring: supervision
You examine how supervision concepts can shed new light on your own and others' coaching practice. In particular, you examine coaching and mentoring from the perspective of your here and now relationship with the client and also wider issues of organisational systems and culture.

Postgraduate diploma

You complete an induction day and the following three modules:

Coaching and mentoring: scheme design and evaluation
In this module you examine how to develop and evaluate coaching and mentoring schemes as an internal or external agent. You need to have access to an organisation in which to design and evaluate a scheme.

Team coaching
You learn about teams and what gets in the way of their performance, and examine how you can work with teams most effectively. The concepts and skills in this module will be of use to you as a leader of your own team, as well as acting as team coach to other teams. You need to have access to a team you can work with over a two-month period.

Advanced practitioner inquiry
You define, design and run a practitioner intervention project with a client which may be your own organisation or one where you are acting externally. You work at your own pace, meeting with your project supervisor by mutual agreement.


The dissertation provides an opportunity to undertake in-depth research into a topic of your own choice in the field of coaching and mentoring, supported by your research supervisor. You work at your own pace, meeting with your research supervisor by mutual agreement.

To prepare for this you also attend a half day dissertation workshop.

  • written assignment
  • skills practice by observation
  • MSc dissertation


This course prepares you to take on one of the following roles:
• an external or internal executive or team coach
• a consultant delivering coaching and mentoring schemes
• a developmental consultant or trainer operating in this field
• specialist in a particular area, such as medical general practitioner or specialist in dyslexia support, seeking to use coaching/mentoring to enhance your practice
• academic in coaching, mentoring, organisational development or similar fields
• leader using coaching and mentoring initiatives in their own organisations, for example commissioning coaching schemes and using coaching as a leadership style to enhance performance or enable change.

As a graduate of the course you may choose to
• stay in your current organisation
• set up your own coaching/mentoring/consulting/training practice or join up with others
• join a larger coaching firm as a permanent or associate member of staff
• undertake further academic study
• join a university as a staff member
• take up a role with one of the professional bodies.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £4,995 for PgCert stage (accredited at senior practitioner level by EMCC - European Mentoring and Coaching Council). Typically £2,800 per stage for PgDip and MSc stages.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £4,995 for PgCert stage (accredited at senior practitioner level by EMCC - European Mentoring and Coaching Council). Typically £3,500 for PgDip stage and £3,200 for MSc stages.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.

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