The Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring (DCM) fosters excellence in professional practice by developing the capabilities you need to become a leader in the field. You will augment your existing expertise and increase your knowledge and understanding, so that you may be confident in providing facilitation and consultancy, as well as competent in research and evaluation. The programme integrates professional expertise and scholarly inquiry. It culminates in doctoral research training and the design of original empirical research leading to completion of a doctoral thesis.
The DCM is a part-time programme aimed at experienced professionals who are seeking to extend their knowledge and understanding of coaching and mentoring. Typical participants include coaching psychologists, freelance coaches and consultants, mentor co-ordinators, counsellors, senior managers and HRD or leadership professionals from a range of public and private sector organisations.
Part-time: 3 to 5 years
The programme has two stages. During the first stage, which normally takes two years to complete on a part-time basis, you focus on the taught level 7 and level 8 components of the curriculum. Once this is successfully completed, you move to the second stage - the thesis. Normally this takes three years to complete part-time.
The course is designed as a five-year, part-time programme (or three years with level 7 exemptions), delivered through monthly study days held in Oxford (approximately eight per year). In addition there are regular online workshops and discussions to support learning at a distance. There is individual coaching and academic support through face-to-face, telephone and email as appropriate. Assessment is through a variety of coursework assignments and a thesis, which is examined by traditional viva voce (oral examination).
The Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring thus provides the setting for you to gain deeper, more critical insights into professional practices and concerns and to become an autonomous, published researcher.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
* For graduate entry you should normally have a good honours degree, plus three years' experience in a related field.
* If you have appropriate masters level qualifications and experience, you may be eligible for exemptions from certain elements of the programme.
* IELTS minimum level 7.0 overall with at least 6.5 in the reading and writing components
* TOEFL score of 260 or above (internet-based), plus 4.5 in TWE.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.
The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.