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MA Education - Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership

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

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Flexible delivery to fit around work commitments

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Entry requirements

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

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UCAS institution code P63

Duration Two years part-time, or or three years part-time to include the PG Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring

Course Summary

MA Education in 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 class from sectors such as education, military, health, public services and business.

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.

MA Education in Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership 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.


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

Modules for this course

1st Year

Leadership in context
You'll reflect upon leadership theories, approaches and principles within your own setting.
Independent study
This module is worth 30 credits

2nd Year

A 15,000-word, tutor-supervised research dissertation.

Current 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.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

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.

Dr Karen Stockham

Course leader

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Karen, a winner of the University’s student-led ‘Inspiration’ teaching award, 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.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £6,500 per annum

This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.

Funding available for this course

Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.

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Your schedule

Flexible delivery to fit around work commitments.

Saturday sessions and one-to-one tutorials.

Course location(s):

Plymouth Marjon University


Dr Jonathan Harvey

Senior Lecturer

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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

Provost & Professor of Education

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An innovative academic, Tanya’s research focus is on educational isolation of coastal, rural and small schools and the relationship with teacher development , teacher supply and educational improvement.

Tanya is currently supervising the following theses:

  • Educational Isolation - composite indicator
  • Early career teacher identity
  • HE in FE Teacher identity
  • Muslim parent school choices
  • Pupil wellbeing and SATs
  • Recovery conversations and pupils from persistently disadvantaged backgrounds.

More information

Students MUST have successfully completed the following 2 modules on the PG Cert in Coaching and Mentoring:

 Advanced Coaching and Mentoring (30 credits)

Coaching and Mentoring in Practice (30 credits)

On completion of the PG Cert in Coaching & Mentoring, students can progress to the MA Education’s Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership pathway for a further 2 years of part-time study.  Please note that because of the pre-requisite to study the PG Cert, this programme is NOT available for full-time study.

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