|Duration: 12 months Research Dissertation|
|Schedule: Please contact us to discuss start dates|
|Programme Director: Dr. Maeve Houlihan|
The MSc in Business and Executive Coaching is designed for individuals who have successfully completed two years (60 ECTS) of introductory (Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching) and advanced (Diploma in Advanced Business & Executive Coaching) training with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, and are now seeking to deepen and extend their learning by working towards a Masters qualification through original and independent research.
Building on the three pillars of business mindedness, psychological mindedness and coaching mindedness, the MSc focuses on the skills of research and analysis in domains relevant to executive coaching including contemporary working lives, management and organisational behaviour and the process of change.
Candidates for the MSc in Business and Executive Coaching complete an independent research dissertation. Dissertation research involves primary research that builds on existing literatures, and aspires to make an original contribution or extension to academic knowledge in terms of theory, data or methodology within its domain. This is an opportunity to experience the complete academic cycle from identification of a research opportunity and defining research questions, literature review, research design, access negotiation, data collection, data analysis, and writing up.
MSc candidates will identify a topic and research problem/question in the business and executive coaching realm, and propose a viable empirical methodology by which to investigate it. The decision as to whether the proposal is suitable for dissertation research will be made in collaboration with the negotiated supervisor and programme management team.
Ultimately the dissertation process is designed to explore a research question of relevance to both the candidate and the field and offers the opportunity to develop the skills of rigour, judgement and methodological and subject expertise to an advanced level. The research dissertation is a substantial undertaking and the resulting report must be of a quality and standard that reflects 30 ECTS (600 to 750 individual effort hours).