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 Arts, Humanities and 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 European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) organisatonal membership acknowledges our quality standards are European, the recognition is global*‌
  • 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 commitment

*The University of Derby has organisational membership with the 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 optional module

Optional module

Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)

Evidence Based Practice

Pathway module or optional module

Optional 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

The responsibilities, skills, knowledge and competences required to be effective in this role are brought into question. Building on the idea of a Learning Organisation you will come to investigate your own case study to critically evaluate current organisational practice which could bring debate about what leadership is or is not. You’ll also considerhow you inspire leadership in yourself and others.

  • Principles and Practices of Coaching and Mentoring‌

Related principles and practices are explored to gain a better understanding of good practice. The individual and micro aspects of institutional working are held central and are critically discussed in relation to a global Code of Ethics. Looking to PhD research to show the dynamic theoretical origins underpinning this topic, you will have the opportunity to consider how theory informs your own practice and coaching philosophy.

MA Education Programme Specification

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

How you will learn

You will be encouraged to be an autonomous learner and to engage in dialogue to develop more masterly thinking. You will be expected to undertake directed and self-directed study, as well as formative task work. 

You will have access to suitable resources to support you, many of which are available through the University’s virtual learning environment. This means outside class-based study you have some flexibility to manage your study around your own commitments.

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, health care and business, and are 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

Full-time UK/EU and International Students

Part-time UK/EU Students

Information for international applicants

Applying for an postgraduate degree

Fees and finance

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)


£600 per 20 credits*

£600 per 20 credits*


£13,500 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 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 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

Course leader: Rose Schofield

Where will I study?

Kedleston Road, Derby