1. Structure of studies for PhD in Coaching Psychology by partnership

2. Structure of the requirements for DBA (Doctor in Business A Administration ) in Applied Positive Psychology and Business Administration by Monarch School of Business Administration Switzerland.

3. PhD and D. Prof in Coaching Psychology by Middlesex University (UK).

1. The PhD Program.

  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.

Acknowledgements should be made to:

  • any institution which has provided financial support to the student in the course of their research
  • individuals or institutions outside the University who have offered advice or assistance – for example permission to use published or unpublished texts of their own devising
  • subjects who have participated in the research (where anonymity or confidentiality are not required)
  • other individuals who have facilitated the collection of and/or presentation of information/ data.

2. Structure of studies DBA (Doctor in Business A Administration ) in Applied Positive Psychology and Business Administration by Monarch School of Business Administration Switzerland.

EDBACoaching is the process that mobilizes strengths and realizes the potential of business individuals and organizations. The practice of coaching psychology embodies a skill set designed to optimize the performance of a person in an organization in areas including leadership, corporate, public service, healthcare and other professional services. “Coaching psychology can be understood as being the systematic application of behavioural science to the enhancement of work performance and well‐being for business individuals, groups and organisation.” Anthony Grant (2006).


The Doctor of Business Administration program is designed around the completion of a Manuscript that focus on the current challenges facing business in today’s integrated world. Specific modules include:

  • Mixed Research Methods
  • Research Plan Perfecting Module
  • Manuscript Preparation
  • Manuscript Completion
  • Research Presentation
  • The general structure of the DBA contains

    Chapter 1: Introduction and Problem Statement

  • Chapter 2: Background of the Problem & Literature
  • Chapter 3: Investigation and Data Presentation
  • Chapter 4: Synthesis and Outcomes
  • 125 to 175 pages

Dr. Arnon LevyBy advancing coaching research, education, and practice, Monarch supports professional coaches and others who use coaching skills in their personal and professional lives. We are building a global coaching research community by bringing together leaders in the field to accelerate research progress and disseminate coaching’s best practices. We are realizing the coaching psychology mission of optimizing human potential via Business Research, Leadership and Applied Positive Psychology.

Dr. Arnon Levy – Professor of Psychology


Participant progress is assessed through the submission of various assignments per module. The program concludes with the completion of a doctoral manuscript. There are no exams within the program.


Participants wishing to obtain the MBA-in-Passing while completing he DBA program will be required to complete 5 core courses from the DOAM program, being: Managerial Performance, Principles of Accounting, Principles of Finance, Managerial Economics and Production Management.

Dr. Justin KennedyThe program in coaching psychology offers an applied positive psychology research opportunity for the skilled practitioner. Monarch provides a solid grounding in research and methodological aspects of coaching psychology and ensures coaching skills are validated in robust research protocols. The main focus is on coaching in business, leadership development and organisational settings. The program is designed for the skilled coach, capable of coaching in an extensive variety of settings and with a wide range of clients including executive, management and personal coaching.

Dr. Justin Kennedy – Professor of Organizational Psychology


Candidates entering the program from non-business faculties or lacking a business oriented Master degree must complete 5 core courses from the DOAM program as leveling courses.

  • FEES

Candidates register in the program on a yearly basis and are responsible to pay that year’s tuition fee on a quarterly basis in advance. All candidates may terminate a program upon 3 months written notice to the administration. There is an administrative transaction fee applied to all received wire transfers of 100 Euros.

  • Monthly Tuition Fee = 555.56 Euros
  • Total Tuition Based On 36 Month Standard Duration = 20,000 Euros.
  • Total Tuition Based On 48 Month Extended Duration = 26,667 Euros.
  • Total Tuition Based On 60 Month Extended Duration = 33,333 Euros.



Join the Monarch Coaching Psychology DBA and Take A Leadership Position In Your Organization.

Structure of studies for DProf. in Coaching Psychology by partnership with Professional Development Foundation and Middlesex University (UK).

The DProf. in Coaching Psychology is for advanced practitioners and is designed to focus on their professional development within their organisational/professional context. The DProf is open to all professional areas as the focus is defined by the candidate’s particular work context and area of activity and their own unique area of interest. This may be located within a profession or sector, or may be more individual in nature. The approach is interdisciplinary and is primarily concerned with knowledge that is generated and used in practice.

As a candidate for this award you would undertake a critical reflection upon your practice and then design and undertake a doctoral level practice–based research project in your own work within your own organisation or community of practice. At the end of the programme candidates submit a research report and take part in an oral examination or viva on their research. With the successful completion of the examination the candidate achieves a doctorate and can be addressed as Doctor.

What is distinctive about the DProf?

  • Candidates are mentored to develop a research project which is unique to them at the current stage of their career and enable them to make an impact at an organisational or profession wide basis.

  • The DProf allows the previous learning (both formal courses and informal learning from experience) to be recognised for its contribution to the development of practice and ascribed academic credit to be used within the programme.

    Structure of the research project

  • The research project is undertaken within practice making it ideal for those wishing to make significant, high level impact within their organisations or for those wishing to make a unique contribution to their professional community. 

Course structure: the programme is divided into two stages. The first stage lasts for one year and prepares the candidates for their research. The second stage lasts at least two years but should take no longer than three years and this is when the project activity is undertaken leading to the final research report. The size of a programme is identified through its academic credits and for a Doctorate it is necessary to achieve 540 credits (180 at level 7 and 360 at level 8). Below is a description of how these credits are achieved.

Stage 1: Review of Learning – (20 credits) compulsory and Accreditation of Professional Learning (100 credits)

This is the opportunity to identify the capabilities, attributes and authorities you bring to your programme. You will work with your advisor to provide a 5,000 word critically reflective report on your formal and informal learning to date. Within it you will identify what makes you the professional you are with your own signature practice developed with time and experience. It is retrospective and identifies why undertaking the doctorate is appropriate for you at your current stage in professional development and what makes you equipped to undertake the particular area of interest that you identify.

Within this module you will also have the opportunity to claim credit for research capability you already have and professional learning in an area of specialisation in your field. This can be done through the recognition of a masters degree you already hold or through a short written claim for credit identifying how you developed these capabilities through your professional life.  If you feel you cannot make these claims then there is the option to undertake small project work to achieve the required number of credits.

The combination of this review and the claims for credit will provide you with 120 credits towards your programme.

Accreditation of Advanced Professional Learning (100 credits)-optional

In the previous section candidates can make a claim for professional learning and some may be able to make a far more substantial claim for advanced professional learning. Examples of this level of learning could be that you have already published a book in the field or worked at senior committee level within your professional body.  If that is the case then you can make a claim for this advanced learning of a further 120 credits. We would expect only 20% of candidates to be in a position to make such a claim.

Planning a Practitioner Research Programme (60 credits) – compulsory

Having made explicit your skills, expertise, attributes and interests you are now in a position to plan your research project. Within this module you construct the research plan by considering the research approach, methodology and instruments which are congruent with the focus of your enquiry and the outcomes you wish to see for yourself, your organisation and your wider community of practice.

Once you have designed your research then you have the opportunity to present it to a Programme Approval Panel and Ethics sub committee. This is a group of experienced researchers who provide you with formative feedback to enhance its robustness, ethics and potential for impact at the level required. You will incorporate their feedback in your final Learning Agreement which provides the plan for the following two year of research activity.

Stage 2: the Research Project (240 or 360 credit)-compulsory

Throughout the next two years you will undertake your research project with the support and guidance of your advisor and chosen consultant(s). The research report will consider:

  • the relevant literature relating to your research topic;

  • the collection and analysis of data;

  • interpretation and implementation of results and consideration of strategic impact to your organisation and your professional community.

    Entry Requirements 

  • Candidates for the programme have significant experience in their professional life and may also have a masters degree

  • Previous experience of higher education is not a prerequisite but experience within the work environment is essential

  • It is preferable that candidates for this programme will have experience of management of people and projects with significant technical experience.

  • Successful Personal interviws of candidate by face to face or by video is a prerequisite to eligibility

Changes in the program are possible