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Personal & Management Coaching

This programme will equip graduates to implement coaching in diverse settings such as Business, Human Resource, Leadership Development, Training, Education, Management, Life Balance, Personal Coaching, Health Care, Social Care, Career Coaching, Sports Coaching, Performance Measurement and Improvement and Change Management.

Coaching is now recognised as a key component in increasing performance, achieving goals and optimising personal and group effectiveness. Existing models of coaching are now being applied in wider contexts and in emerging new settings. This programme will assist students to develop new skills to meet increasingly complex life and management challenges and to practice these coaching skills to the highest standards.

Graduates of the Masters programme may apply for Practitioner membership of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. Training includes psychometric testing which leads to the industry standard, internationally recognised qualification in personality assessment which is awarded by the British Psychological Society and recognised by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations.

Course Details
Upon completion students should be able to

Demonstrate a critical awareness of the role of relationship in the coaching conversation or intervention.

Implement an integrated approach to Coaching drawing on appropriate approaches and coaching models

Evaluate the different types of Coaching interventions required within Business, Management and Personal Coaching

Implement Coaching in the development of effective Leadership and within the process of managing change

Practice cognitive behavioural coaching and understand the role of psychology in the coaching process

Practice and integrate emotional intelligence in their coaching process through effective self management, mindfulness and heighten personal and social awareness

Employ personality analysis tests and appreciate the importance of Individual Difference

Demonstrate research skills and integrate evidence based practise into the practical use of Coaching

Draw on reflective practise as a means of learning and develop effective writing skills with the use of journal keeping

Coach within ethical and professional boundaries following an established code of ethics and supervision.

Entry requirements

1. Hold a NFQ Level 8 honours degree or level 8 Higher Diploma, in which at least a second class honours was awarded or hold an appropriate professional qualification with at least two years’ significant experience in coaching or management with senior professional responsibility.

2. Each candidate will be required to submit a two hundred word document outlining the reasons why they wish to undertake this programme.

Applicants are required to supply two written references. One reference must be a professional reference. All applicants with be required to attend for interview as part of the application process.

Final selection of candidates will be subject to the approval of the Programme Team.

The English Language Requirements for applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6.5 or the equivalent TOEFL score


1.5 years.

Lectures take place one evening a week from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, with occasional weekend workshops and a one week Summer school.

Further enquiries

Mr. Pat O’Leary BA MA MSc MCIPD,
Programme Coordinator,
t: 087 3298052

Subjects taught

Year 1 Modules:
◾AD6001: The Coaching Relationship (5 credits)
The coaching relationship, history of coaching, coaching qualities, skills and competencies.
◾AD6002: Coaching Approaches and Skills (5 credits)
Person centred coaching, transference and counter transference, goal setting, an integrated approach to coaching.
◾AD6003: Coaching Practicum (20 credits)
Learning through participation in a work setting, supervision, record keeping, reflective writing, written and oral presentations, ethics in coaching and developmental plan.
◾AD6004: Research Methodology and Reflective Analysis (5 credits)
Methodological traditions of research, design a research project, review and critically appraise research literature, reflective analysis, reflective portfolio.
◾AD6005: Mindfulness based Self Management (5 credits)
Self management, well being, life balance, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment theory, emotional intelligence.
◾AD6006: Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (5 credits)
Cognitive behavioural coaching, positive psychology, psychology of performance, approach and avoidance goals, self-limiting thinking, cognitive distortions.
◾AD6007: Personality Analysis & Individual Differences (5 credits)
Personality analysis, personality traits, motivational values, principles of measurement theory, accurate and sensitive feedback to clients.
◾MG6016: Systemic Psychodynamic Coaching with Teams and Individuals (5 credits)
Systemic psychodynamic coaching, team and organisational dynamics, systems at work, organisational coaching interventions.
◾MG6017: Business and Management Coaching for Leadership, Change and Organisational Development (5 credits)
Group coaching, mentoring, leadership, change management, motivational interviewing and appreciative inquiry.

Year 2 Modules:
◾MG6018: Dissertation in Coaching (30 credits)
Demonstrate an ability to complete a minor thesis to the appropriate standard


Location: Cork UCC Campus and Dublin, Griffith College, South Circular Rd

Unique Aspects of the Course
The Masters in Personal and Management Coaching includes certified training in personality analysis, which leads to the industry standard, internationally recognised qualification in personality assessment awarded by the British Psychological Society and recognised by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations. This training will provide students with access to two trait measures (16PF/15FQ+ and NEO) three Myers-Briggs type measures (JTI, TDI and the Golden profile) two EI measures (EIQ and GENOS) and two measures of values (VbIM and CAL) along with a host of other instruments including 360 degree feedback and leadership and management development.

Assessment method

Continuous assessment based on academic essays, reflective assignments, coaching competencies and presentations.

Application date

How Do I Apply?
Adult Continuing Education now welcomes online applications for ACE programmes from Certificate to Masters level. Students can register and pay online quickly and securely by simply clicking the “apply now” button within course description, and filling out the online application form. Once you are registered on UCC360 you can apply for additional courses without needing to register each time.

ACE also welcomes applications by post and an application form can be downloaded and printed from within each course description (on web).

Course fee

Year 1: 4,600 Euro. Year 2: 2,300 Euro

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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