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Heriot-Watt University: Business Psychology with Coaching

Institution Heriot-Watt University View institution profile
Department Edinburgh Business School View department profile
Telephone 0131 451 3376
Study type Taught


Coaching psychology is a thriving area of applied psychology which deals with professional and personal issues in a practical way. This programme is accredited by International Coach Federation and combines Heriot-Watt's MSc in Business Psychology, the most established in Europe, with the study of professional coaching.

There is a growing demand for experts in evidence-based coaching who can offer effective non-clinical interventions to help individuals and teams by increasing productivity, managing talent and dealing with conflict, stress and change. This demand exists across a number of sectors and areas of performance, including:

  • occupational

  • educational

  • health

  • counselling

  • sports psychology

  • leadership

  • management

  • organisational development

  • human resources

Heriot-Watt University's masters degree in business psychology is the most established MSc of its kind in Europe, enjoying a well-earned reputation for producing graduates who can improve the performance and behaviour of individuals and teams. This programme, MSc Business Psychology with Coaching, balances practical and theoretical learning to ensure that graduates can make positive and effective contributions that help people and organisations flourish. You will learn to apply positive psychology through tried and tested coaching practices and combine this with an understanding of established theory from business psychology.

Your learning will be guided by experienced researchers and practitioners from the fields of psychology, counselling and coaching. Their expertise and experience will help you develop key skills for a career in coaching in the workplace or as a step to becoming an accredited coach for other contexts such as education, counselling, or sports.

These skills can also be applied in the workplace through various wider roles such as management, consultancy and HR, as well as through specific coaching roles such as executive coach, talent management, career coaching and mentoring.

Master of Science - MSc (PG)

PgDip (Initial Qualification)

Edinburgh Business School

Edinburgh Business School brings together cutting-edge campus facilities with innovative online learning. As the largest academic school at Heriot-Watt University we have a revered faculty and 49,000 alumni across 158 countries, and a strong community, known for pioneering research, applied learning and employable.

We offer industry-informed degrees at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level in the subjects of Accounting, Finance, Economics, Marketing, Human Resources, Operations Management and Logistics, and Strategy and Enterprise. We have an established reputation for producing high-calibre, career-ready graduates. Our course content and teaching methods reflect the current business environment and equipping individuals with practical …

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