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Masters in Executive Coaching

Our two-year part-time Masters in Executive Coaching is a flexible degree. It has been designed in recognition that executive coaching is now an established profession within the field of individual and organisational development. This coaching qualification draws on theories from complexity science, sociology and psychology to come to a distinct understanding of organisations and hence the role of both coaches and clients.


The Masters in Executive Coaching focuses on helping participants integrate theory, research and skills from existing coaching practice, organisation development, and psychotherapy. The course is intended to develop reflective practitioners who are able to critique their own work and continuously develop as coaching professionals.

The course is delivered by progression through three stages, but students do not have to commit to the full degree until the end of the second stage - The Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Coaching.

The first stage - the PG Certificate in Executive Coaching - has a number of start dates during the year. After completing the PG Certificate, the second stage PG Diploma enables you to become an Ashridge Accredited Coach.

Stage 1 - PG Certificate in Executive Coaching

Participants can choose to focus their Certificate on either:

Both options consist of 10 days of workshops. This first stage also requires a personal reflection journal to be maintained.

Please contact: for a complete list of workshop dates

Stage 2 - PG Diploma in Executive Coaching

The second stage consists of an individual coaching accreditation assessment - a half-day preparation workshop and a one-day practicum.

The accreditation process will require you to undertake a self-assessment of your coaching competence, to write a case study on your work with a client, to produce a reflective transcript of a coaching session with a client and to participate in a live coaching assessment.

The Postgraduate Diploma is quality awarded by the EMCC at Senior Practitioner Level.

Stage 3 - Masters (MSc) in Executive Coaching

The purpose of this MSc is to further develop your coaching style towards a more mindful and relational presence, and to ground your presence and skills in deep understanding of the four dimensions of executive coaching. It is designed around 4 workshops:

  • The coach as reflective practitioner
  • The coachee and the coach: the significance of emotions
  • The coaching relationship
  • Working with the organisation through coaching.

The workshops include guest presentations from leaders in the field and integrate different theoretical models and frameworks.

Alongside attending the workshops you will be required to undertake an inquiry into your own coaching practice. You will place yourself at the centre of a rigorous process of reflective inquiry. This inquiry will result in your dissertation. You will be encouraged to engage in research as a collaborative, meaningful process of discovery within your coaching practice – and to pursue and respond to a challenging question both about yourself as a coach and about your work with specific clients.

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Dates & Fees

Duration: 2 years, part-time

Location: Ashridge House

Start dates:

  • 18th October 2021 - FULL
  • 3rd March 2022
  • 28th March 2022 (Online Cohort)
  • 23rd May 2022

Study options: The PG Certificate allows for two options of focus:

  1. Option 1 - Individual Coaching
  2. Option 2 - Team Coaching


  1. PG Certificate: £ 8,900
  2. PG Certificate + PG Diploma: £ 12,300
  3. Full Masters: £ 23,175

All fees are excluding VAT


Application process

The application process will require the candidate to:

  • Submit a completed application form or online application
  • Provide details of two referees
  • Attend a face-to-face interview at Ashridge or a Skype interview

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate or master degree, or equivalent academic award, or if you are a mature individual without an academic qualification, evidence of appropriate conceptual and study skills
  • Minimum of three years' experience in an organisational consulting or coaching role
  • Proficiency in English


Applications are open - as this is a highly popular programme with a waiting list, please ensure you submit your application at your earliest convenience

Please apply here

Coaching Supervision:

For coaches and consultants who look for additional supervision after qualifying or during qualification, you can sign up for coaching supervision sessions.


Jacqui Crompton

From the first year of discovery, confusion, and illumination, to the second year of challenge, deepening insight, despair and ultimately triumph, it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life

Jacqui Crompton

Director and Executive Coach, Courvello Coaching and Consulting Ltd


Billy Desmond

Erik de Haan


Ann Knights

Ann Knights

BA (Hons), MSc, MCIPD, DipM, ATT

Guy Lubitsh

Guy Lubitsh

BSc (Hons), MSc, MA, C.Psychol, D.Occ.Psych

Suzanne Parsons

Susanne Parsons


Charlotte Sills

Charlotte Sills

MA, MSc, PGCE, Teaching/Supervising Transactional Analyst (ITAA)

Simon Cavicchia

Simon Cavicchia

MA (Oxon), MSc (Organisational Change), MSc (Gestalt Psychotherapy), Dip. Supervision

Judith Bell

Judith Bell

David Birch

David Birch

BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc, PG Cert Supervision



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