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Leadership and Coaching

Leadership and Coaching MA

You develop the knowledge, skills and awareness to empower others to make an effective contribution to the leadership and management of your organisation. And the knowledge and ability to critically evaluate contemporary issues in business leadership and coaching.


Course overview

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Given the dynamic and disruptive nature of modern business, combined with time and resource pressures and the need to adopt a more inclusive and trusting style of leadership, this course aims to develop:

  • responsible leaders with an understanding of the benefits of work-place coaching who are able to work with a diverse range of teams, in a variety of cultural contexts
  • self-reflective practitioners with awareness of their self-identity and values
  • critical and independent thought as a basis for understanding how to enhance coaching practice and participatory learning
  • capacity to understand what makes effective coaching, including acting as an internal consultant to colleagues
  • capacity to evaluate perspectives, policies and performances at individual and organisational or community level.

You are equipped with the skills to be effective when leading a workforce in a complex, dynamic and increasingly global organisational environment. You apply theory to everyday situations in order to consult on, manage and lead effectively on a range of projects, issues and initiatives related to leading and coaching in business organisations.

Study this course and you may be eligible for a £2,500 Sir Keith Skeoch postgraduate scholarship.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Application of Coaching

The module is aimed at those who have potential or current responsibility for developing others and wish to obtain an advanced level of understanding of coaching practice and theory. You develop a deep awareness of what is happening within self and client during a coaching conversation.

A key component of the module is the opportunity to explore how you will utilise self-awareness in coaching conversations and relationships.


You will integrate your learning and development and synthesise knowledge and understanding of theory and practice through its application to organisational issues, which are demonstrably concerned with development within the organisation. You are supported throughout the process by a supervising tutor who will monitor progress and ensure that you are appraised of your on-going performance. Usually the dissertation should be completed within one year.

Leading Strategic Change

You critically evaluate organisational design, change and development, and develop an understanding of organisational change through the theories and conceptual frameworks of organisation design and the principles and practices of organisational development.

Both are critical to our understanding of organisations and how they function and both reside within a framework of organisation theory.

Organisational Behaviour

You critically analyse behavioural and organisational concepts which underpin the analysis of how people, their behaviour and organisational characteristics affect organisational performance and effectiveness.

You evaluate organisations, looking at factors which make them work effectively and why some organisations fail.

The module starts from the position that organisations are focused upon harnessing human effort and ingenuity to produce particular outcomes, and that under certain conditions, this can be a formidable challenge.

You cover topics relevant to effective organisation: perceiving and making sense of reality, making effective decisions, building and operating high performance teams, coping with pressure, guiding and directing others and understanding their behaviour, energising and mobilising people, setting the tone of the organisation (culture) and managing organisational politics and conflicts.

Postgraduate Business Research Methods

This module develops your awareness and understanding of the factors that impact research design for business and management students. You explore the ethical principles underpinning business research, research methodologies, data type, collection and analysis, research methods and how to present a research proposal and dissertation.

Principles and Theories of Coaching

You look at coaching models and frameworks, and styles of facilitation, enhancing your knowledge through exploring the philosophical and conceptual foundations of coaching practice by engaging with current research in the field.

You explore reflections upon personal attitudes, beliefs and values in order to understand personal working styles to develop coaching skills. And consider a range of coaching interventions, as well as providing critical analysis of the various ethical and professional issues that can arise in coaching relationships.

Sustainable Leadership

Become more self-reflective and develop self-leadership skills to guide your future career. You develop a creative and entrepreneurial approach to leadership, with a focus on global sustainability – essential to navigating the challenges of a fast-paced 21st century organisation.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The course emphasises putting knowledge into action, allowing you to be aware of the role of business in society. This course is experimental, you learn with and through your peers to develop solutions to real-world leadership and coaching challenges within organisations. Use of learning technologies has a major role to play within the course allowing you to be engaged outside of the physical classroom and to be exposed to the latest developments in leadership. A research-informed approach includes professional and applied research, delivered by a vast network of business professionals who engage with the course through guest lectures and projects.

You attend on the following days:
Part-time: Tuesdays or Thursdays
Full-time: Tuesdays and Thursdays

How you are assessed

You are assessed in a range of methods, including case study analysis, presentations, self-diagnostic assessments, reflective reports and a research proposal and associated dissertation.


Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have at least a 2.2 UK honours degree, or equivalent experience. Those without a formal academic qualification but with appropriate work experience and professional training will also be considered.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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Career opportunities

Graduates move into general or senior management/leadership roles, internal consultant/project leadership roles or into external consultancy.

This course is aimed at those students who have already identified a preference for studying the concepts, theory and practice of leadership and coaching and those who seek a distinctive postgraduate title within the diverse field of leadership and coaching. It is appropriate for those students who wish to pursue a career in industry, commerce, the public sector, the voluntary sector, or the third sector, including as development for those aiming to become independent leadership coaches. Therefore, graduates from this course may find work across a range of roles within general management or business and will also be equipped for enterprise, starting their own business and eventually employing their own staff.


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2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£6,710 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£17,000 a year

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2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£750 for each 20 credits

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  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: Tuesday and Thursday, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Start date: September
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