University of Portsmouth staff laughing during a workshop session
Mode of Study
1 year part-time
Start Date
October 2020, January 2021


If you're a coaching professional with a Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Development (or a related area) this part-time, 1-year course will take your coaching training to Master's level, increasing your skill and employability.

You'll improve your coaching knowledge and ability in a 3-day intensive learning block, then focus on developing your research skills. This will enable you to complete a dissertation on a coaching subject of your choice. You'll get support from a supervisor during your studies – via Skype, telephone calls and face-to-face meetings where possible.

Whether you're an internal or external coach, this postgraduate programme will help you make an incredible difference to your clients.

What you'll experience

On this Coaching and Development Master's, you'll:

  • Take part in a research skills development workshop, where you'll develop the skills you need to complete your dissertation
  • Work through proposal development activities, deepening your knowledge of the field
  • Get study support from tutors via online tutorials, email and telephone conferencing
  • Benefit from Web, virtual learning environment (Moodle), email and phone access to many of our facilities and services
  • Use our Library's electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with an Internet connection

Careers and opportunities

This course is ideal if you're seeking to use a coaching approach in a line management role, looking to build a coaching culture within your organisation to enhance performance, or embarking on a second career as a professional freelance coach.

Previous graduates have also gone on to set up their own coaching companies and coach training organisations.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • business development
  • consultancy work
  • mentoring
  • education
  • training
  • health sector work

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

​What you'll study

On this Master's degree in Coaching and Development, you'll study a dissertation module worth 60 credits.

It includes 2 days of research methods training held on campus to enable you to develop a research proposal as the basis for completing your final research-based investigative project/dissertation.

The module in research methods specifically covers the theory and application of research methodologies and consider concepts and qualitative methods and their use in research.

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.


Teaching on this course includes:

  • on-campus research training
  • work-based learning

The course takes a work-based learning approach, which allows you to apply this knowledge and theory to your workplace. This means you produce current and applied work-based assignments for assessment.

This programme is assessed, quality assured and awarded by the University of Portsmouth whilst TPC's world-class trainers and facilitators deliver course content and work with you to develop your knowledge and understanding of coaching.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word research proposal
  • a 12,000-word investigative project/dissertation

Extra learning support

Due to the work-based nature of this course and the potential pressure of juggling your course alongside work life, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible.

There are tutors available to support your studies via online tutorials, email and telephone conferencing. You'll also be assigned a personal tutor who will offer support and guidance throughout your studies.

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from librarians who specialise in business and law.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Entry requirements​

MSc Coaching and Development entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Development, or equivalent 120 postgraduate credits obtained within the last 5 years. Applicants whose credits were gained over 5 years ago may be eligible to apply through a Recognition of Prior Learning route.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (October 2020 and January 2021 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,500
  • International students – £5,030

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.


Start your application by following the link below:

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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