|Duration: 12 months Research Dissertation|
|Schedule: Please contact us to discuss start dates|
|Programme Director: Dr. Maeve Houlihan|
Candidates will be expected to be able to
The MSc programme provides three major learning outcomes. First, candidates are supported to custom design their learning and develop a specialist area of expertise by identifying and developing a specific research question of personal concern. Secondly, candidates deepen their conceptual awareness and critical thinking skills in the business and executive coaching area through a thorough survey of the literature. Thirdly, candidates further develop and fine tune their process and professional skills by conducting original and independent research, involving the skills of designing, negotiating and gathering,analysing and communicating their findings.
A key ingredient of the MSc is a shift from practitioner literatures to empirical and theory led literatures and critical engagement with the research paradigms and underpinning assumptions surrounding coaching knowledge.
While dissertation research is largely a self managed process, candidates will benefit from support and dialogue with an academic supervisor, and fellow student researchers. This is achieved through regular reading groups and participation in research training as appropriate.
Phase 1: reading workshop, research and library skills training, research proposal
Phase 2: undertaking data collection and analysis
Phase 3: writing up research
Workload: 30 ECTS (750 effort hours) culminating in written dissertation (typical word range 25-30,000 words)
Candidates wishing to apply to the MSc programme must have successfully completed Stage 1 (Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching) and Stage 2 (Diploma in Advanced Business and Executive Coaching) diploma programmes, and demonstrated strong writing ability as well as timely assignment submission as part of their progression. Applicants are invited to submit a preliminary research proposal (max 2 pages articulating a possible and viable project detailed in terms of what, why and how).
The purpose of this proposal to demonstrate preliminary research and methodological thinking - the final proposal may change considerably during the course of the programme.
Sample projects themes might include, for example: