MPhil in Management Coaching

Acquire credentials to support the growth of others through coaching

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  • Learning Philosophy
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Course Overview
Course starts 14 February 2022
Application closes 15 December (SA and International)

USB’s internationally accredited MPhil in Management Coaching provides you with the skills to establish your credentials as a management coach.

This degree 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.

This MPhil degree will provide you with a transformative learning experience to find your way forward – particularly if you see your future self as a coach, consultant, manager or corporate leader.

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

ABOUT BLENDED LEARNING: This format enables you to attend class on campus or remotely via an internet-linked laptop. This means you will be able to immerse yourself in a premium learning experience from wherever you are in the world. We have been investing in this technology since 2015 and our lecturers are trained in the art of virtual facilitation and teaching. See how blended learning works at USB.

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Format: Blended learning

HOW TO APPLY: Click here to see the 7 steps of the application process.

These are the dates for 2022.

Application deadlines

  • South African students: 15 December
  • RPL applicants: 31 October
  • Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: 15 December
  • Students from the rest of the world: 15 December
Orientation and Block 1 (On campus)
14 – 19 February
Block 2 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)
28 April – 25 May
Block 3 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00-20:15
13 July – 10 August
Block 4 (Wednesday evenings from 16:00-20:15)
28 September – 26 October
2022/2023 Supervision dates (Remote)
16 March; 08 June; 24 August; 16 November; 11 January 2023
Professional Assessment dates (On campus)
23 – 27 January 2023

These are the fees for 2022.

Programme tuition fees 2022 2022 2023 Total Provisional Quote
Students from South Africa R112 219 R136 940 R249 159 Download
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R116 884 R141 605 R258 489
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R122 099 R146 820 R268 919 Download
International students from the rest of the world R152 124 R176 845 R328 969 Download
​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​​ for 2022 (Included in tuition fees)
Students from South Africa ​​R16 833
Students from SADC countries R58 442
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R61 049
​International students from the rest of the world R76 062
​​Application fee for 2022
​Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R850
  • Payment of full programme fees for South African students: Students can pay the full programme fees upon registration or they can pay 75% of the annual fees by the end of May and the balance of 25% by the end of September. Students can also spread their payment over 2 years.
  • Payment of full programme fees for international students: International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The remainder is due two weeks before commencement of the programme.
  • Deposit: All students pay a deposit on acceptance of admission. South African students must pay a set deposit on admittance. International admitted students pay 50% of the annual fee as deposit. The deposit payable is non-refundable.
  • Application fee: The application fee must accompany the application. This fee is non-refundable.
  • Fees for 2023: The fees for the second year of enrolment will be adjusted to make provision for annual price increases.
  • Study materials: Study fees include books and study materials.
  • Travel and accommodation: Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.
  • Fee changes: USB reserves the right to change the fees at any time.


Capitec offers credit for education at a discounted rate from 7% which allows prospective students, or their parents or guardians, to apply for a loan of up to R250 000 and pay it back over 84 months. To apply, the applicant must be permanently employed, 18 years or older, and have a valid South African ID document. A provisional quote or admission letter from USB is needed to process the credit application. You can only apply for Capitec’s credit solution through USB’s website. See for details.

Initiation, service fees and T&Cs apply. Capitec Bank is an authorised financial services provider (FSP 46669) and registered credit provider (NCRCP13).


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


The modules (class programme) will be delivered through lectures, tutorials, case studies, assignments, practical work and independent research. The class programme covers the following:

  • Orientation: During this module, students will be introduced to the orientation, flow and rigour of the programme. The various learning elements will be introduced with a focus on what is expected for successful completion. Students also set up coaching triads (for purposes of practising their newly learnt coaching skills during the year, organised by themselves) and get their first assignment for the year, a book review.
  • Module 1 – Fundamentals of Coaching: Orientation to Coaching; Learning Theory and Learning Styles; Adult Learning and Self-organised Learning; Psychological Underpinnings of Coaching; Ethics in Coaching; Continuous Professional Development (The Art of Reflection); Integral Coaching Model; Skills Practice and Supervision.
  • Module 2 – Business Coaching: Coaching Frameworks; The Business Coaching Process; Coaching for Performance; Experiential Models of Coaching; Continuous Professional Development, Assignment, Case Studies, Skills Practice and Supervision.
  • Module 3 – Leadership Coaching: Coaching for Organisational Alignment; Leadership and Transformation; An Integral Approach to Coaching Existentially in a World Characterised by Multiculturalism; Reflective practice; Assignment, Skills Practice and Supervision.
  • Module 4 – Team Coaching: Team Coaching; Ubuntu Coaching (African perspective on coaching); Personal Construct Psychology Coaching; An Experiential Approach to Coaching; Skills Practice.
  • Module 5 – Professional Assessment: Professional Assessment of the Student’s Learning Journey; Practical Assessment of Coaching Model and Framework; Practical Assessment of Coaching Ability through a Panel Demonstration.
  • Module 6 – Research: The Research Module consists of a series of lectures and assignments during the second year, leading up to a final research report. Students are supported by a research supervisor during this time.

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.

  • Academic qualifications: An honours degree, OR a 4-year professional bachelor’s degree, OR a 3-year bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate diploma. Candidates’ previous academic qualifications should be at least on NQF Level 8. If you do not comply with these requirements, please read the How to apply section carefully.
  • Work experience: A minimum of 4 years of work experience in the field of people management.
  • Psychometric testing: This may also be required.
  • Essays: Write two essays – one on your motivation and one on coaching research (see details below).


  • International students require a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) evaluation certificate to evaluate their degrees according to South African standards. USB’s International Affairs Office will handle the credential evaluations of international students free of charge. You therefore need to complete the online application, and upload all certificates to your application. The International Office will, as part of the application process, conduct an in-house credential evaluation after you have submitted your application.
  • All degrees undergo a formal vetting process to eliminate fraudulent applications.

Write a motivational essay

Write a reflective and comprehensive essay on the following:

  • How does your learning journey to date reflect your personal growth towards becoming a coach?
  • How does this awareness motivate you to do the MPhil in Management Coaching?
  • How do you intend to cope with the high volume of learning hours, reading and coaching which you will be required to manage?
  • What do you expect to gain from this learning journey?
  • Why should you be admitted to this programme?

Write a coaching research essay

Do some searching on Google and write an essay describing and comparing any two of the following coaching approaches: solution-focused coaching, cognitive behavioural coaching, and narrative coaching. Which one do you like best and why? Please include references. Word count: around 500 words.

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. Candidates who wish to be admitted under the RPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students. In addition, prospective students 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 USB with at least two referents who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities (typically current or former line managers). The referents will be asked to give a detailed personal reference of the candidate on forms that can be downloaded on the application form.

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 October 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.

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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.

Yes, you can use this postgraduate qualification to find your authentic coaching style, to establish your credentials in management coaching, and to set up your own coaching practice. This programme contains modules such as Business Coaching, Leadership Coaching and Team Coaching – all aimed at providing you with the skills to offer professional coaching services to individuals, teams, and corporates.