Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Career Management and Coaching

This degree combines an in-depth study of career management, counselling and coaching with practical training in career coaching skills, the development of research skills and the academic study of behaviour at work. The programme aims to equip coaches, consultants and human resource (HR) professionals to work with groups and individuals at relational depth in organisations. It will enable you to critically evaluate theory, research and practice in these fields. It attracts individuals working in a wide range of settings and organisational contexts, and provides excellent opportunities for peer learning and networking.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognised university. Management development professionals and consultants without a first degree but with suitable professional qualifications and at least 5 or more years' significant management experience in a range of organisations may be considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English: IELTS Academic Test score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You complete 9 taught compulsory modules and undertake training in career coaching skills. You also complete a supervised independent applied research project of 8,000-10,000 words. Year 1 modules: Career coaching skills 1; career counselling and coaching; coaching research methods; understanding organizations and change. Year 2 modules: career coaching skills 2; consultancy and professional practice; life career development; research project.

Sponsorship information

For UK and EU applicants intending to pursue research, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships (1 year for the master's programme, followed by 3 years of funding for research) may be available to candidates with a strong academic background.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 5,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 7,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 5,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

Key information

Department of Organisational Psychology
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6659