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What makes Coaching Psychology MSc at Worcester special?

This postgraduate qualification applies Coaching theory and interventions to business, organisations and private practice.

At Worcester, taught elements of the course are delivered by a team of experts currently working in the field. As such they are grounded in contemporary practice in Coaching Psychology.




Key features

  • Develop your skill and knowledge through practical consultancy-style tasks that demonstrate the application of theory and research to practice.
  • Learn about work carried out by Coaching Psychologists and the breadth of varied psychological approaches to issues in contexts such as the workplace.
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Open to students with a minimum 2(2) Honours degree in Psychology with Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) or related subject (e.g. Business management, Human Resource Management).  Professional experience within Coaching Psychology is not a requirement for entry to this course.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 


  • Theories and Perspectives in Coaching Psychology
  • Applications of Coaching Psychology 
  • Evidence Based Practice in Coaching Psychology
  • Well Being and Work 
  • Advanced Research Analysis 1 or 2 
  • Professional Skills Development 
  • Leadership Engagement and Motivation
  • Dissertation
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

All modules are delivered via a supportive learning environment with two day block sessions occurring twice per semester.

You are taught through a combination of on-campus lectures and self-directed study tasks, including the use of our virtual learning environment. Lectures are typically held on a Friday and Saturday, and the dates will depend on the module being delivered. The block teaching days involve engaging with different learning activities, such as lectures, practical tasks (individual and/or group), discussion and reflection.

In addition, meetings with your allocated personal academic tutor and your research supervisor are scheduled when required and in line with the module handbook.


The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Contact time

Typically students will have around 16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the modules selected.

Class contact time is structured around:

  • Interactive teaching
  • Group work
  • Case study analysis

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake personal self-study. Typically, this will involve further reading on each module and additional reading and research to complete each module’s assessments. Assessments may consist of case study work, research proposals, analysis of data sets, reflective logs, seen exams, reflective workbooks and consultancy reports.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. There is also additional reading and resources on the module’s Blackboard site, which will be available once you register for the module.


  • Full-time: around 12 months
  • Part-time: 2/3 years


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include essays, case studies, practical skills work, data analysis research reports, seminar papers and presentations. An 8,000-10,000 word Independent Research Project is required for the MSc award.

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and coaching practitioners with professional experience.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of Advance HE (previously Higher Education Academy).

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.


Matthew Jellis

Matthew is Programme Director MSc Occupational Psychology (BPS Accredited), MSc Business Psychology.

His research interests include the influence of psychopathic traits on career development; personnel selection assessment and training; and police use of firearms.


Dr Helen Scott

Helen's research interests lie in the areas of empathy and emotional intelligence in healthcare roles. In particular she is interested in how these concepts are demonstrated and assessed, using social psychological theories and individual differences as frameworks for investigation.

Dr Laura Rees-Davies

Dr Rees-Davies specialises in Coaching Psychology, and is both a registered Coaching Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Dr Rees-Davies continues to work with clients and is therefore able to draw upon her experience by using real-world examples when teaching. Dr Rees-Davies enjoys integrating research into sessions, and uses innovative technology and teaching methods. Dr Rees-Davies is the Chair of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP) of the BPS.


Where could it take you?

Our courses will equip you for employment within a diverse range of settings. Coaching Psychologists work in one-to-one and/or team coaching providers, training, recruitment, organisational and personal change, management, consultancy and in academic research and teaching.

Coaching Psychologists are employed within the private and public sector, such as the Department for Work and Pensions, Ministry of Defence, HM Prison Service, the Police, Civil Service Commission and the NHS.

Students who have completed our programmes have gone on to work in the following areas:

  • Coaching
  • Psychology, management or recruitment consultancy
  • Human resources
  • Health and wellbeing within the NHS
  • Management within organisations
  • PhD study

The structure and content of the programme allows you to gain skills that are valued by employers.

Our students often use the Dissertation as an opportunity to specialise into their chosen research area, then continuing their studies at PhD level. All students are encouraged and supported to submit their work to national and international conferences.



How much will it cost?


The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Postgraduate loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £11,222 per eligible student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For more details visit our postgraduate loans page.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £111 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £189 per week (2022/23 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Make an application

If you are interested in applying for this course please begin by making an informal enquiry with the Course Leader, and then make your application via the link to our online application system.

Get in touch

Matthew Jellis

Course lead

Postgraduate Admissions Office