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Birkbeck, University of London: Career Coaching

Institution Birkbeck, University of London View institution profile
Department Organizational Psychology
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught


The Career Coaching postgraduate programme 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.

This course aims to equip coaches, consultants, HR professionals and those aspiring to work in the field with the skills required to work in the role of career coach, coach or consultant.

This is one of the few courses in London 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.

We offer this course as a Master’s and a Postgraduate Certificate. For the Certificate you study fewer modules and do not complete a dissertation.

The MSc will enable you to coach individuals in organisations, social agencies, higher education and as an independent career coach, and to critically evaluate theory, research and practice in the fields of coaching and consultancy. 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 Certificate is ideal for experienced professionals looking to support their existing skills with a career coaching specialism or as a progression route onto our MSc in Career Coaching.


  • This course provides a unique opportunity to undertake a career coaching placement in Birkbeck's Careers Service. If you are successful in securing a placement, you will have the chance to apply your learning in a real-life context and receive regular group support in developing your practice.

  • The Department of Organizational Psychology is renowned for its quality teaching and expertise in the delivery of part-time courses. Our flexible teaching model gives you the freedom to take some modules online and fit your studies around your other commitments.

  • This course has a strong focus on skills building and features bespoke skills training days to help you refine your practice.

  • You will have access to an extensive range of electronic resources, including specially prepared texts for each module, and 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.


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Birkbeck, University of London



Birkbeck, part of the University of London, offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. As an evening teaching specialist, Birkbeck offers its taught postgraduate courses between 6-9pm, with some courses available through distance learning. As with undergraduate courses, postgraduates can study full-time or part-time.

Home to 44 research and specialist institutes, Birkbeck is the sixth largest provider of taught postgrad courses for UK and EU students - some 44% of its 11,000-plus students are on postgrad programmes. Around 90% of its academics …

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