The Coaching Psychology PhD Program


The Coaching Psychology PhD program course is designed to integrate the exponentially developing new academic discipline of Coaching Psychology to be implemented as a profession and a way of life.  The program provides our student with a high expertise on an academic and personal level in Coaching Psychology and it enables the student to develop himself both academically and personally. We encourage the students to focus on their areas of development and enhance their strengths to become highly effective experts in coaching and psychological skills. Those skills are based upon valid social sciences, rigorous research methodology and knowledge derived from psychotherapy practices and newly developed coaching skills

How is it studied  ?

You could enroll throughout the year at a time appropriate for you and your organization.   An academic advisor will be available to you throughout your period of study and a specialists will be assigned to you in the role of consultant allowing you to draw upon their expertise in your area of enquiry or methodology. You will also have resources such as handbooks and online materials as well as online seminars,  and lectures to enhance your learning journey Above all, our student would undertake critical reflections on a doctoral level concerned with knowledge that is generated and used in their  career and  life within society which are of a primary concern for them .

The length and composition of the thesis

The individual learning plan will be collaboratively designed by the candidate and lead supervisor to advance the candidate’s academic and research development. In collaboration with their supervisor, areas in which the candidate wishes to advance their knowledge will be identified and they will be assisted to search for appropriate literature and a reading plan developed. Please note that the word count is indicative.  There is some flexibility with the word count for each element of the portfolio.  This needs to be agreed in your learning plan with your lead supervisor.  The overall word count for the portfolio should be in the region of 50 to 70,000 words. (Please see attached handbook for fuller description of the PhD portfolio; see Attachment 6).


Accessing, Reviewing and Disseminating Evidence (Critical Review of Literature)

Candidates will be facilitated through the programme to acquire the following competencies:

  • literature searching techniques
  • evaluating evidence
  • reviewing and synthesising evidence
  • writing a literature review

This area will be assessed through Critical Review of Literature, with a word limit of 8,000 words. The topic to be reviewed will reflect the candidate’s chosen specialist theme and area of study and approved within the individualised learning plan.


Small Scale Research Project

The completion of one small scale research project designed to enhance professional practice associated with the organisation or delivery of services in the area of their specialism. It is expected that the area of professional practice in which candidates are involved will provide opportunities for them to undertake such service development activities.


Candidates will be facilitated through the programme and the completion of this project to develop the following competencies:


  • An advanced understanding of professional and service issues in the area of the candidate’s practice
  • An advanced understanding of evidence-based practice in this area
  • An advanced understanding of approaches to service development and evaluation and associated methodologies
  • Project management skills, including planning, implementation and dissemination.


The service development research project is assessed by the submission of a report of 8,000 words in the form of a Small Scale Research Project Report


Research Design, Implementation and Dissemination (Applied Research Project)

A more substantial, theoretically driven investigative research project must be undertaken. This piece of research needs to be designed to be an original contribution to the advancement of knowledge in an area related to the thematic focus of the learning plan as a whole. In addition to the above competencies the following competencies will be developed through the completion of the project and through the programme of study:


  • Advanced research literature searching techniques
  • Evaluating and critiquing research designs, methodologies and findings
  • A rich knowledge of the existing research in relation to the area of enquiry.
  • A comprehensive understanding of research design and methodologies
  • A rich and practiced understanding of the research methodology applied in the project
  • Writing for publication and dissemination of research findings
  • Research project management including proposal writing, costing, ethical approval, and organisational access.


This research is submitted in the form of an Applied Research Report of 20,000 words. Candidates are required to submit a detailed proposal for their Research Dissertation and will be required to gain ethics approval for their research.


Report of Professional Practice

The learning undertaken in relation to development of professional practice will be assessed by the submission of a Report of Professional Practice of 8,000 words concerning the candidate’s professional work centrally related to the thematic focus of the programme of study. This piece of work needs to reflect the complex work practices of experienced practitioners and provides opportunity for their reflections about, and learning from, the work. The following competencies will be developed through the completion of this piece of work:


  • Integrate existing knowledge with practice
  • Theoretical and practice links
  • Change and develop practice
  • Understanding best practice
  • Applying the evidence to practice
  • Applying an understanding of process in their practice


Reflective Account

This piece of work serves to integrate the various elements of the PhD portfolio.  It is divided into two sections.  The first an introductory chapter sets the scene for the reader in terms of the four other pieces of work that make up the portfolio.  It also offers a rationale for the study.  The second is a final chapter that integrates the learning from the four other elements of the PhD portfolio, reflects on the limitations of the PhD portfolio, draws conclusions and offers implications for practice and research.


This piece of work offers the candidate an opportunity to provide a reflective account of their learning across the portfolio of pieces of work documenting their journey as well as pulling together the various pieces of work into a coherent thematic argument. Opportunities for reflection on professional practice should enable them to develop their skills and knowledge and their critical and evaluative abilities in relation to their professional practice generally. (6000 words)


  • An advance ability to synthesise and critique one’s own practice and research
  • Advanced reflexivity skills



The candidate’s PhD Portfolio will consist of the following:


Accessing, Reviewing and Disseminating Evidence

8,000 words in the form of a Critical Review of Literature.


Small Scale Research Project

8,000 words in the form of a Small Scale Research Project Report


Research Design, Implementation and Dissemination

This research is submitted and assessed in the form of an Applied Research Report of 20,000 words.


Report of Professional Practice

8,000 words in the form of a Report of Professional Practice


Reflective Account:

6,000 words in the form of:

  • an introduction to the portfolio
  • a final chapter that integrates the learning from the four other elements of the PhD portfolio


Total Word Count: 50,000



Programme and progression

For MPhil/PhD

  • Final learning plan completed and progress has been made on critical review 12 months (part-time) – approval or leave the programme
  • Present work for Upgrade from MPhil to PhD within 2.5 years (part-time) – approval or leave the programme, or submit an MPhil thesis

Submit the PhD thesis within 3 years (full-time) or 5 years (part-time).



(Viva for the MPhil/PhD) within 3 months after submission

Straight pass, or Pass pending Minor Corrections (3 months) or Major Corrections (6 months)

Resubmission (12 months), or fail.



What is your opportunity in our program ?

  • You are mentored and encouraged to develop a unique research project of leadership at the current stage of your career based upon advanced Coaching Psychology knowledge  that would enable you to  make a significant impact in your organization and your life.
  • You could be at the cutting edge of an exponentially developing academic discipline (3 international congresses in 2014-2015 in London, Sydney and San Diego universities) and the academic profession of tomorrow.


The PhD in Coaching Psychology  is for psychologists, coaches and professionals with an MA in behavioural sciences. Exceptional  candidates will be considered on a personal level depending on a suitable experience and education. We consider  previous learning (both formal courses and informal learning ) to be recognized  for its contribution to the development of practice and ascribed academic credit to be used within the program