Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of London

Career Coaching (Taught)

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Course summary

The MSc Career Coaching offers a unique combination of in-depth study of career management, counselling and coaching with practical training in career coaching skills. It includes the development of research skills and the academic study of behaviour at work. You will also have the opportunity to apply for one of a limited number of placements with the Birkbeck Careers Service in your second year. The course aims to equip coaches, consultants and HR professionals to work with groups and individuals at relational depth in organisations in the role of career coach, coach or consultant. It will enable you to critically evaluate theory, research and practice in these fields. This is one of the few programmes in the UK to focus on adult career management and coaching. It attracts individuals working in a wide range of settings and organisational contexts, and provides excellent opportunities for peer learning and networking. Highlights

  • The Department of Organizational Psychology is renowned for its quality teaching and expertise in the delivery of part-time courses.
  • We offer students a bespoke skills training day, as part of this course.
  • Access to an extensive range of electronic resources, including specially prepared texts for each module. Use of the online learning environment with a high level of staff support.
  • People who hold the MSc Career Coaching meet the qualification requirements for entry to the UK Register of Career Development Professionals. The Register is the sector equivalent of Chartered Status. Being on the Register proves to employers and clients that you hold a qualification in career development at QCF Level 6/SCQF level 11 or above, abide by the CDI Code of Ethics, and undertake and record a minimum of 25 hours' CPD per year. Increasingly employers are asking that employees are on the Register.

Course details

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Essays or reports; coaching transcripts; written examinations at the end of each term; and an independent applied research project (8000-10,000 words), normally submitted at the end of the final year.


How to apply

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests. If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. Management development professionals and consultants without a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) but with suitable professional qualifications and at least five years' significant management experience in a range of organisations may be considered. Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.


English language requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6810 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6810 Year 1
Scotland £6810 Year 1
Wales £6810 Year 1
International £9915 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases. As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits. You may also have to pay registration costs to join the professional bodies that have accredited this course. The costs will vary according to the professional bodies.
Career Coaching at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS