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Learning philosophy

The learning philosophy of the MPhil in Management Coaching is based on:

  • Growing human capital, developing talent in leaders and managers
    Having discovered your own authentic coaching style and having acquired professional coaching skills, you can support the growth of others through coaching. Also, as a manager, you can use a coaching management style to foster a stronger performance culture while offering support for continuous growth.

  • Leading with confidence
    For executives and professional coaches, management coaching offers a way to develop leadership capabilities that will help you to face both current and potential challenges as you move up the ranks of your organisation. It also allows you to develop your potential into other areas of business or private practice.

  • Using the coaching style that works for you
    This qualification offers you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and establish your credentials in management coaching. You will be exposed to various coaching models, approaches and frameworks. At the same time you will be encouraged to discover and experiment with the approaches and frameworks that work best for you in order to develop a personal and authentic style of coaching.

  • Making a difference right from the start
    Presented in blocks over time, this modular programme is underpinned by solid theory (lectures, case studies, tutorials and assignments) as well as practical experience (giving and receiving coaching, supervision, and research and development). This allows participants to apply their newly acquired skills right from the start. Therefore, much of the value of this work-based programme lies in the practical application of coaching in the workplace during the course of the programme. This ensures exposure to real-world coaching while having access to information and support through various platforms. Also, the research and development part of the programme has to be carried out in your own work environment, which allows for the development of competencies based on real-world experience. This will stand you in good stead once you have graduated.

  • Excelling in management coaching
    You will learn from distinguished and knowledgeable presenters, and capitalise on the thought leadership of local experts who were pioneers in the field of management coaching in this country. Today, most of these presenters play leading roles in the continued development of coaches worldwide. In addition, only a handful of people worldwide have doctoral degrees in coaching. A number of them will be facilitating and assessing on this MPhil in Management Coaching. During 2013, we have the pleasure of hosting Prof Dusan Stojnov from Serbia – a world expert in constructivism and construct psychology coaching. You will also benefit from comprehensive support throughout the programme.

  • Operating in a multicultural environment
    The programme adheres to international best practice, while at the same time emphasising management coaching in a uniquely African context, shaped by diversity and varied cultural and educational backgrounds. It is particularly relevant to South African managers and leaders as it takes into account the diversity, traditions and multicultural environments of this country and the greater African continent. For you this also means international application with local specialisation.

  • Enjoying international acknowledgement
    USB’s MPhil in Management Coaching is internationally accredited by EQUIS. It is also the only Management Coaching master’s programme fully accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

  • Building invaluable networks
    On your MPhil in Management Coaching journey, you will collaborate with people from a wide range of cultures, creeds and countries. You will walk the road of professional and personal development with them. This will broaden your views and add depth to your learning experience. During all of this, you will build valuable networks of business contacts and friendships that will last you a lifetime. Upon graduation, you become part of the powerful USB Alumni Association with its 15 000 members, offering access to continued learning, networking and more.

Learning outcomes

On the successful completion of this programme, participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understand individual coaching frameworks and models underpinning professional coaching practice
  • Understand the multiple theoretical perspectives on coaching
  • Relate these theories to the practical and professional coaching environment
  • Undertake self-directed learning and take responsibility for self-learning
  • Operate in an environment characterised by situations challenging their personal beliefs and ethical points of departure
  • Communicate clearly with a client and manage one-on-one relationships in an ethical and professional way
  • Analyse and synthesise from theory and multi-client experiences
  • Retrieve and process information, and draw inference from quantitative and qualitative information
  • Monitor critically but fairly the growth and progress of the client while learning from the interactions themselves
  • Understand coaching practice that is congruent with their authentic coaching framework and model
  • Produce a research assignment which meets the standards of scholarly research and professional writing.