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MA Education - Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership

Improve your professional practice to progress your career as an educator, trainer, mentor or senior leader.

Flexible delivery to fit around work commitments includes Saturday sessions and one-to-one tutorials

Entry requirements

Applicants must have previously studied the PG Cert in Coaching and Mentoring and have successfully achieved 60 Masters’ credits at Level 7.

UCAS code Apply direct to Marjon

Duration Two or three years part-time (to include the completion of the PG Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring)

How to apply for this course

Course Summary

Our MA Education - Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership is designed to support individuals across a wide range of sectors who hold coaching, mentoring and/or leadership roles and responsibilities. It attracts an interdisciplinary cohort from sectors such as education, military, health, public services and business.

The course enables practitioners to hone their coaching and mentoring skills and to carry out small scale research within these fields to enhance practice within their organisations. It provides an excellent opportunity for practitioners to continue with their own professional development which often leads to career progression and/or promotion.

The course ethos is informed, first and foremost, by a renowned student-centred approach focusing on developing and enhancing professionals’ practice and specific subject expertise through a critical and reflective action research methodology.

The course is currently delivered at our Plymouth campus for participants from all sectors and at the RAF Cranwell base in Lincolnshire for military participants only.

Why this course at Marjon?

Outstanding tutorial support from expert lecturers in coaching, mentoring and leadership.

Flexible modules enable students to develop their own subject and research focus.

Develop communities of practice with your fellow students in order to share coaching and mentoring expertise.

A flexible, practice-centred, distance learning ethos which supports the needs of busy professionals.

Option for military study.

Includes Saturday sessions and one-to-one tutorials.

Students say...

Lauren Phillips

“The opportunity to listen too and engage with the diverse experiences of my cohort colleagues is refreshing and challenging. It is interesting, and enjoyable, to understand how other people use coaching, mentoring and leadership and the frameworks that they employ. The supportive tutors and resources are great enablers. The tools and methodologies learnt have provided me with a refreshed and developing tool set that I can use to assist and benefit others, the business and me.”

Kath Burrows

“I have particularly enjoyed collaborating with a range of people from diverse backgrounds and learning from each other, developing our ideas. I have benefitted from excellent support provided by the tutors, enabling me to juggle working full time, being a mum and achieving a higher standard in my Masters than I ever thought possible. The course has helped me to develop my skills in coaching and mentoring and has had a positive impact on both my academic and personal life.”

This course is perfect if you're curious about

How can I enhance my subject and practice expertise in coaching, mentoring and leadership?

How do I research the effectiveness of my employer's training in coaching and mentoring?

How do I best disseminate and publish my research?

Which models of coaching and mentoring practice can best facilitate organisational change?

How do I develop new skills and practice into leading effective coaching and mentoring?

How can I improve my future teaching?

What might you become?

Our professional alumni community go on to progress their careers as leaders in a wide variety of educational settings and within military environments, e.g. as trainers, mentors, senior leaders, advisers and expert leaders in their specialist field/s and settings.

Modules for this course


1st Year

Advanced Coaching & Mentoring
You'll reflect on coaching and mentoring theories and approaches.
Coaching and Mentoring in Practice
You'll research an aspect of coaching and/or mentoring practice within your own professional setting.
Leadership in context
You'll reflect upon leadership theories, approaches and principles within your own setting.
Research design
In preparation for future research projects you'll design a research poster outlining your chosen methodology, methods and paradigm, and develop your understanding of research ethics.
A 15,000-word, tutor-supervised research dissertation.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £6500

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Delivered and facilitated through blended learning, focusing on 1:1 tutorials, practice-based conversations, professional focus groups, Saturday workshops and occasional key-note lectures.

How will you be assessed?

Critical review, case studies, a small scale action research project and a final-stage research dissertation.

Course leader

James Snook

James has a wealth of experience in teaching at all levels from KS1, primary, secondary and special schools, as well as further and higher education. His research explores how educators can be supported to further advance their own practice.

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Dr Jonathan Harvey


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Jonathan's specialist area is disability studies. He is interested in viewing disability and impairment in terms of the way they impact on inclusion and much of his work is concerned with how social theory can be used to make sense of the lives of disabled people. Jonathan has an acquired brain injury so his work is influenced by direct experience of disbility.

Alison Keyworth

Director of the Institute of Education

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Alison has experience of strategic and operational leadership and management within the secondary and HE sectors and is instrumental in the training and quality assuring of in-school coaches/mentors.

Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope

Professor of Education

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Tanya is course leader MA Education courses at Marjon Cornwall campus in Truro. An innovative academic, Tanya’s research focus is on educational isolation of coastal, rural and small schools and the relationship with teacher development and educational improvement.

Dr Karen Stockham

Senior Lecturer

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Karen brings over 30 years’ experience in working inside and outside University, FHE, informal education and business settings. She is expert in developing flexible study routes to meet the needs of students from a wide range of professional settings and won the University’s student-led ‘Inspiration’ teaching award in 2016.

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