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MA Coaching for Organisational Excellence

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements We welcome applications from experienced managers who significantly influence change in their organisations. Depending on age and experience, students would normally have a degree or equivalent professional qualification. Applicants who do not meet the above requirements may be exceptionally considered at the discretion of the Programme Leader.
  • Academic Title
    MA Coaching for Organisational Excellence
  • Course description
    The course is designed for business leaders, advisers and HR professionals and others dedicated to the development of people. The course will take attendees through the concepts and learning behind coaching and organisational excellence through to real life development issues that will start to show immediate benefit for their business.

    The world is changing together with the demands on leadership to deal with it. It is the task of leaders to stimulate new ideas and options for the future and then to mobilise the commitment and talent of every member of the organisation to achieve the vision of the future. The programme will provide leaders with the tools to do so consistently.

    Coaching can work at many levels of an organisation and can be utilised for many different outcomes. There is much evidence to suggest that the market is growing and with it the need for regulation and credibility, which this programme sets out to achieve.

    By the end of the programme individuals will have a high level of self awareness and a deep understanding of key approaches to organisational development of change. You will be able to use advanced coaching skills and vary your techniques and skills between individual and group coaching.

    To help you manage your time, the programme is delivered in intensive weekend blocks rather than weekly sessions. This makes it much easier to fit studying around your meetings and travel schedules. The varied assessment techniques, including reports and portfolios of work, also make the course easier to fit with your existing commitments.

    Course Content

    Stage 1
    Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) 60 credits

        * Coaching Theory for Organisational Excellence
        * Coaching within Education
        * Coaching Competence

    Stage 2
    Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) 60 credits

        * Advanced Coaching Competence
        * Advanced Coaching Theory for Organisational Excellence
        * Organisational Excellence

    Stage 3
    Masters (MA) 60 credits

        * Applied Research Methods for Business and Management
        * Applied Consultancy Research Projects

    Teaching and Assessment

    Teaching is organised into weekend blocks so that it is easier to fit into your schedule. The range of assessment methods include portfolio assessments and reports.

    Career Opportunities

    Most people taking the course are already at a middle or senior management level. They are looking to improve their people skills while achieving a recognised qualification that enhances promotion opportunities. They are also keen to gain a deeper understanding of strategic issues within organisations, especially those related to change.


    As a student of the School of Business, Law and Psychology, you will have access to some of the best learning support facilities in the higher education sector.

    Our libraries provide computers, printing, photocopying, and inter-library loans. Sunderland also has an extensive electronic library collection, which means you can access much of the information you need online.

    You will also benefit from access to 500 computer workstations of the David Goldman Informatics Centre which offers the latest software packages - open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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