MPhil in Management Coaching

Acquire credentials to support the growth of others through coaching

  • Blended
  • Course
  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements
Course Overview
Course starts 15 February 2021
Application closes 15 December 2020 (SA) / 15 November 2020 (International)

The MPhil in Management Coaching provides you with the skills to establish your credentials as a management coach.

USB’s internationally accredited MPhil in Management Coaching will give you the coaching credentials you need to grow the talent of others, transfer knowledge, build relationships, enhance performance and facilitate cultural transformation. But first, it will ask of you to dig deeply and to find out what it is that drives you as a coach and then to develop your authentic coaching style.

The programme is presented in blended learning format, which means you can start generating an income from coaching almost immediately. See how blended learning works at USB.

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Format: Blended learning

Application deadlines

  • South African students: 15 December
  • RPL applicants: 31 August
  • Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 November
  • Students from the rest of the world: 15 November
Orientation and Block 1 (On campus)
15 – 20 February
Block 2 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)
28 Apr – 26 May
Block 3 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00-20:15
14 Jul – 11 Aug
Block 4 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)
29 Sep – 27 Oct
17 March 2021; 09 June 2021; 25 August 2021; 17 November 2021; 12 January 2022


Programme tuition fees 2021 2021 2022 Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R106 520 R129 990 R236 510  Download
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R111 020 R134 490 R245 510​ Download
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R116 050 R139 520 R255 570 Download
International students from the rest of the world R116 050 R139 520  R255 570 Download
​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​​ for 2021
Students from South Africa ​​R15 590
Students from SADC countries R55 510
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R58 025
​International students from the rest of the world R58 025
​​Application fee for 2021
​Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R1 050
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. The application fee is not refundable.
  • Travelling, accommodation and meals are for students’ own accounts.
  • USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.


The two-year MPhil in Management Coaching provides you with the skills to establish your credentials as a management coach.

This is a blended learning programme that allows you to study while you work. This format combines on-campus blocks (one at start of Year 1 and one start of Year 2) with blended learning classes (15 weeks of once-a-week classes spread over Year 1). Year 2 is mostly taken up by the Research Module, which consists of live-streamed lectures and assignments culminating in a research assignment. This allows you to study while you work with minimum time away from work.

Core Modules

Programme structure

This programme is delivered through a combination of on-campus classes and blended learning classes. This allows you to study while you work with minimum time away from work. You also need to do formative assessments (like quizzes and case studies), essays and assignments, practical coaching, and a final research assignment.

Orientation block and Module 1: Year 1 starts with the Orientation block followed directly by Module 1. This means one in-person, on-campus engagement spanning Thursday to Saturday morning and continuing Monday to Thursday of the following week. This gives 6,5 days of training with a break (Sunday) in the middle.

Modules 2, 3 and 4: These modules are delivered in blended learning format (live streaming, no in-class attendance) in a staggered format of one lecture every Wednesday (4pm to 8pm to allow working students to attend) over 3 consecutive 5-week periods (i.e. 15 weeks of once-a-week classes during Year 1).

Module 5: This module is delivered on campus at the start of Year 2. It runs from the Monday to the Friday.

Module 6: The Research Module is presented in Year 2 as a series of live-stream lectures and assignments culminating in a research assignment.

The learning philosophy is based on the integration of theory and practice, finding your authentic coaching style, international application with local specialisation, practical experience and extensive support. The programme has a strong ethical and responsibility underpinning, which will enable you to become a values-driven leader through coaching.

You will learn from 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 small number of people worldwide have doctoral degrees in coaching. A number of them facilitate and assess on this degree.

You will also benefit from comprehensive support throughout the programme. The degree emphasises the relevance of work-based coaching competence.

  • An honours degree, OR a four-year professional bachelor’s degree, OR a three-year bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate diploma.
  • A minimum of four years of work experience in the field of People Management.
  • Psychometric testing may also be required.
  • Candidates’ previous academic qualifications should be at least on NQF Level 8. If you do not comply with the above, please read the following section carefully.

NOTE: International students require a SAQA evaluation to evaluate your degree according to South African standards.  USB’s International Affairs Office will handle your credential evaluation free of charge.  Please complete an online application, upload all certificates to your application. The international office will conduct an in-house credential evaluation, after we received your submission and application fee, as part of the process.

Recognition of prior learning

USB provides wider access to its programmes through its Recognition of Prior Learning (ARPL) process. In line with the requirements of the Council for Higher Education (CHE), USB may admit up to 10% of its student body under RPL. RPL candidates need to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, they have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification (3-year tertiary qualification in a related field). All school and academic certificates are required.
  • Have at least EIGHT years of working experience in Human Capital Development.
  • Submit a comprehensive CV, indicating detailed areas of responsibility as well as information of activities outside the work environment.
  • Write an assignment of at least 10 pages (11-point font size with 1.5 spacing) with references about a coaching topic, provided by the programme head. The assignment must contain a signed declaration of own work.
  • Provide at least two references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities (on forms provided by USB).

The RPL selection process entails the following:

  • USB’s Admissions Committee (head of the programme and another academic) will conduct an in-depth interview with the candidate.
  • If the Committee is of the opinion that the candidate has the ability to cope with the demands of the programme, he/she may be admitted.
  • A recommendation of admission is sent via USB’s Academic Planning Committee to the Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences for notification.
  • RPL candidates need to apply by 31 August each year to allow sufficient time for the assessment process.

USB’s MPhil in Management Coaching – Ranked 1st in Human Resources category
– Eduniversal

Dr Nicky Terblanche

Dr Nicky Terblanche’s areas of expertise include career transitions, transformational coaching, behavioural change, systems thinking, complexity theory and IT software development. He holds a PhD and MPhil in Management Coaching (cum laude) from USB. He is also involved in software development for various companies and he has his own coaching practice focusing on senior executives.

Programme Ambassadors

These programme ambassadors are current students and alumni who support prospective students in their new stage of life and share their personal experience about studying at USB.

Bianca Solomon

Bianca Solomon
Human Capital Manager at USB-ED

[email protected]

Apply for this course now!

Management Coaching Degree USB
  • Who should enrol?
  • What will you gain?
  • Research
  • Leaders, managers, human capital development experts and learning facilitators in all industries
  • Experienced practicing coaches who want to solidify their theoretical base and earn a respected qualification to take their coaching to the next level
  • Those who support and facilitate growth, performance, relationship-building and teamwork
  • Those working with the human aspects of transferring knowledge, talent development and organisational effectiveness
  • Those who want to help bring about a more ethical and responsible society, since the effects of professional coaching are both transformative and sustainable
  • Those aspiring to senior management positions
  • Those who want to prepare for a career change
  • Establish your credentials as a coach: Use this qualification to establish your credentials in management coaching. This will prepare you to set up your own coaching practice.
  • Develop your own signature presence and find your niche market: This programme will expose you to various coaching models, approaches and frameworks, allowing you to find the ones that work best for you in order to develop your authentic style of coaching. In addition, you will be able to do niche coaching by focusing on, say, performance, team, leadership or diversity coaching.
  • Develop human capital through management coaching: Using professional coaching skills, you can support the growth of teams, managers and leaders. You can also facilitate the transfer of knowledge, build relationships, enhance the performance, facilitate cultural transformation in organisations, and enhance the quality of decision-making.
  • Learn how to harness the collective strengths of your team: Learn to lead with a positive mindset, one of hope and possibility. Learn how to make sense of the expectations of the multiple systems and processes of which you and your client are part. Also learn how to utilise the collective strengths of teams to propel the organisation forward.
  • Operate in multicultural environments: The programme adheres to international best practice while 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 coaching to grow as a profession, scientific research is essential. Research allows coach practitioners to base their interventions on empirically peer-reviewed findings and not mere intuition. At USB we are serious about contributing to the professionalisation of coaching by conducting internationally relevant research on the nature and efficacy of coaching.

Here is a list of coaching research published by our faculty and students in peer-reviewed academic journals.

We also published the first ever African Coaching Practice survey here.

Read more on how management coaching can strengthen your leadership career.

Testimonials from our alumni

‘I decided to do this programme because of my yearning to remain relevant in the coaching field. What intrigues me about coaching is the ability to actually make a difference in the lives of professional people. I like the fact that I can establish my own coaching model and not be put in a box. I also like the exposure to what is actually relevant in the currently market of coaching.’

Linda Manzini, MPhil in Management Coaching, own coaching practice, Johannesburg,

‘I chose USB because I wanted an institution with a solid reputation and good accreditation. I also wanted a Master’s programme and not a certificate course. For me, managing people has always been about helping them find their own solutions. So, I have always been a bit of natural coach, but this programme gives me the academic background that I need.’

Eric Spencer, MPhil in Management Coaching, Head: The PathCare Academy, Cape Town,

‘This programme equipped me with a meaningful approach towards understanding myself and others. I have learnt how to use coaching as a tool to work with the aspirations of people in personal and professional interplay. For me, management coaching provides an opportunity to bring out the strengths of people, especially in the government sector, where one is expected to make an impact in the lives of others whilst being exposed to a very difficult environment of balancing expectations.’

Saskia Haardt, MPhil Management Coaching (cum laude), USB Top Student 2015 in Management Coaching, Development Advisor, GIZ, Eastern Cape,


All those who manage people or who work in the field of human capital development or talent development will benefit from this degree. This includes leaders, managers, learning facilitators, practicing coaches, HR practitioners and learning facilitators. The experience of our students and alumni is that the course is suited to any career that involves managing people.

This programme is presented in Blended Learning format, which combines on-campus classes with online classes (using any internet-linked device). Remote students can actively participate in classroom discussions. The lecturers can talk directly to each student, whether they are logging in from an airport in Europe, a boardroom in Africa or an office at home. This allows you to study while you work and to start earning an income from coaching almost immediately. This format also lowers the opportunity cost to do this programme as it reduces travel costs.