UCC Adult courses

Personal and Management Coaching - MSc

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Personal and Management Coaching

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education, Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    2 years

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • NFQ Level

    Level 9

  • NFQ Award Title


  • Fees

    Year 1: 5,200 Euro. Year 2: Part One 1,000 Euro Part 2: 3,300 Euro. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    NFQ Level 8 honours degree or level 8 Higher Diploma. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    30th August 2019

  • Next Intake


  • Venue

    Cork UCC Campus
    Dublin Griffith College, South Circular Rd

  • Start Date

    21st September UCC / 12th October Dublin

Course Outline

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 Association for Coaching. 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.

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 practice 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

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Venues: Cork UCC Campus or Dublin, Griffith College, South Circular Rd

Lectures take place in UCC, Cork Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, with occasional weekend workshops.

Lectures take place in Griffith College, Dublin Monday evening from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, with occasional weekend workshops.

Course Practicalities

This course is offered fully in both UCC Cork or in Griffith College Dublin.


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

Who teaches this course

Staff of the School of Applied Psychology and Adult and Continuing Education.

Why Choose This 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) Myers-Briggs type measures, emotional intelligence measures. Measures of values, motivation, team building and leadership.


  • Hold an 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
  • 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

Fees and Costs

Total MSc: 9,500 Euro.

Year 1:  5,200 Euro. Year 2: Part One 1,000 Euro  Part 2:  3,300 Euro

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

How Do I Apply

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Application Statement
  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • Transcripts [if applicable]

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.

You can also download and post in your application ACE Application Form 2019


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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.
  • 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.
  • AP6049: Systemic Psychodynamic Coaching with Teams and Individuals (5 credits)
    Systemic psychodynamic coaching, team and organisational dynamics, systems at work, organisational coaching interventions.
  • AP6050: 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

  • 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.
  • AD6007: Personality Analysis & Individual Differences (5 credits)
    Personality analysis, personality traits, motivational values, principles of measurement theory, accurate and sensitive feedback to clients.
  • AP6051: Dissertation in Coaching (30 credits)
    Demonstrate an ability to complete a minor thesis to the appropriate standard.

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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