MA Education: Leadership Coaching and Mentoring

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Start date: September or January 

Course length: Full-time: one year; part-time: three to six years

Campus: Kedleston Road, Derby

College: College of Education

Department: Postgraduate and Initial Teacher Training

Why choose this pathway?

Are you working as a formal coach or developing coaching and mentoring skills as part of a teaching, leadership or managerial approach? Are you looking to help people identify and work on their skills, performance, behaviour, development, transition and transformation needs?

  • Our pathway’s AADCT accreditation status and organisational membership with the Association for Coaching (AC) and European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) acknowledges our quality standards are European, the recognition is global*Association for Coaching 150x90
  • We offer an integral and essential step on the path to establishing the professional credibility and status of coaching and mentoring
  • We respect that coaching and mentoring is developmental and not remedial and therefore our provision is supported by values and beliefs akin to coach and mentor education growth and mastery
  • Our emphasis is on aspects of coaching and mentoring as the enabler of learning with reflection on own practice to align with wider professional and organisational necessities
  • You can work voluntarily with UOD Student Mentoring Scheme and receive additional Mentor Training and additional recognition for this outside your studies
  • You can study part-time, often at weekend workshops, to help you fit around commitments
  • Participants can get Student Affiliate Status with the AC during their studies.

*The University of Derby has organisational membership with the Association for Coaching and European Mentoring and Coaching Council through the MA Education:Leadership Coaching and Mentoring specialist pathway.

What you will cover

As a part time student your studying will normally take place over three academic years, potentially choosing one module per term. 

Your first module will be ‘Crafting Your Masters Study’. The other pathway, core and optional modules will be available according to the schedule of delivery.

Here is an example of possible combination modules:

Year 1 - Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) Crafting Your Masters Study Pathway module or option module Option module
Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) Evidence Based Practice Pathway module or option module Option module
Year 3 - Masters (180 credits) Independent study 

Core modules

  • Crafting Your Masters Study
  • Evidence Based Practice‌
  • Independent Study‌

Prescribed pathway modules

  • The Leader as Coach and Mentor‌
  • Principles and Practices of Coaching and Mentoring‌

How you will learn

You will take part in directed and self-directed study, but crucially, you can use this opportunity to explore what it can mean to hold the person central to learning relationship and partnership and what you do as a coach and mentor.

You will have access to suitable resources to support you, many of which are available through the University’s virtual learning environment and which means outside class-based study you can manage your own time and do it when it suits you.

Careers and employability

Some of our graduates are already self-employed coaches working at executive level, some are working in leadership and managerial or in HR/OD roles across sectors and some make career moves having shaped their next step through their process of study.

Some graduates are working in education or health care specifically and thinking about how developing coaching behaviours and skills can improve teaching and learning, while others have gone on to implement coaching and mentoring  programmes on the basis of what they have learned. Some of our graduates have received national and international recognition for their coaching and mentoring achievements.

What our students say

"Be ready to be challenged, to grow and to develop. Be prepared to work hard and contribute because that is how you'll learn the most. Let your journey begin!"

Kay Logan

Entry requirements

You will usually need an undergraduate or an equivalent credit bearing qualification to be accepted on the programme. It is preferred that you have some basic training in either coaching or mentoring however even if you are just interested to know more, it is worth contacting us because you might have relevant professional experience that we could take into account. Applicants can expect to be interviewed prior to acceptance on this Specialist Pathway.

How to Apply

UK/EU Students

International students

Information for international applicants

Applying for an postgraduate degree

Fees and finance

2016/17 Fees (August 2016 - July 2017)


£580 per 20 credits*

£580 per 20 credits*


£12,000 for the full programme


*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you’re studying full-time you will normally complete 180 credits over one year. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a 10% discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

Scholarships and bursaries

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

Pathway enquiries

Contact name: Rose Schofield
T: +44 (0)1332 590500

Where will I study?

Kedleston Road, Derby