Masters Coaching

Management Coaching Degree USB

MPhil in Management Coaching

MPhil in Management Coaching

Applications close 30 November

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

  • Modular
Course Overview
Course starts February 2020
Application closes November 2019

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

Application closes

South African students: 30 November 2019
ARPL applicants: Applications closed
Students from (visa-exempt) SADC countries: Applications closed
Students from rest of world: Applications closed

Dates for supervision for 2020

18 April 2020
27 June 2020
12 September 2020
9 January 2021

5 – 7 February 2020
Module 1
23 – 27 March 2020
Module 2
25 May – 29 May 2020
Module 3
3 – 7 August 2020
Module 4
26 October – 30 October 2020
Module 5
25 – 29 January 2021 (professional assessment)
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.

  • Fees
  • Structure & Content
  • Learning Philosophy
  • Admission Requirements

  • These are the 2020 provisional tuition fees.
Programme tuition fees 2020 2020 2021 Total Provisional Quotes
Students from South Africa R102 760 R126 050 R228 810 Request Quote
Students from Southern African Development Community
(SADC) countries
R107 030 R130 320 R237 350​ Request Quote
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R111 800 R135 090 R246 890 Request Quote
International students from the rest of the world R136 870 R160 160 R297 030 Request Quote
​​Deposit payable on acceptance of admission​​ for 2020
Students from South Africa ​​R15 380
Students from SADC countries R53 515
International students from the rest of Africa (non-SADC) R55 900
​International students from the rest of the world R68 430
​​Application fee for 2020
​Application fee (non-refundable; applicable to all students) R1 000​​



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

Core Modules

This modular programme runs over two years. Apart from a two-day introduction, you are required to attend four class contact blocks (of a week each) on campus during the first year and complete the final block and research assignment during the second year.

  • Phase 1 – class programme: You have to attend four blocks of one week each on the USB campus during Year 1. Five modules are covered during these blocks. You will be exposed to various models to discover your own particular framework for coaching. Coaching practice, case studies and assignments form part of this phase of the programme.
  • Phase 2 – professional assessment: Your coaching competence is assessed in terms of your ability to convey your personal coaching approach and style, and to authentically display your coaching skills. This phase takes one week at the beginning of Year 2.
  • Phase 3 – research and development: During year 2 you will complete a research project. You will be assigned a research supervisor to guide you through the process. From 2020 a gated approach will be followed whereby a student will submit a number of mini research assignments throughout the year, building up to the final research report. Blended lectures (with the option of attending in person or virtually) will be given preceding each hand-in gate.
  • Throughout – triad practice, supervision and coaching: A significant part of the your journey is to coach and be coached. You must complete 40 hours of coaching and receive 20 hours of coaching (all of which is self-funded).

Programme Structure

This work-based, modular programme (block release programme) runs over two years. Apart from a two-day introduction, participants are required to attend four class contact blocks (of a week each) on campus during the first year and complete the final block and a research assignment during the second year. This will allow students to work full-time while they study. It will also enable working professionals from all over South Africa and beyond its borders to register for the programme.

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.

To apply for the MPhil in Management Coaching you must meet the following requirements:

  • 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 be required
  • Previous academic qualifications should be at least on NQF Level 8
  • International students require a SAQA evaluation certificate to evaluate your degree according to South African standards. In this regard please contact SAQA at

Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning

USB provides wider access to its programmes through its Assessment and 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 ARPL.  In order to be admitted to a Master’s programme at USB, candidates should be in possession of a relevant NQF 8 qualification, such as an Honours degree, 4-year in-depth Bachelor’s degree or a postgraduate diploma.

Candidates who wish to be admitted under the ARPL policy will firstly have to submit all the documentation and tests as required for all prospective students.

In addition, prospective MPhil in Management Coaching students have to adhere to the following:

  • Have at least an NQF 6 qualification (3-year tertiary qualification in a related field).
  • 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 references (typically current or former line heads) who can testify about the candidate’s managerial or related professional abilities. These references will be required to give a detailed personal reference about the candidate on forms provided by USB.
  • Next, 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 abilities to cope with the demands of the MPhil in Management Coaching 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.

Class Profile 2018

3–6 years
12 years & more
7-11 years
25–30 years
31–36 years
37 years & older
Black African
Arts & Humanities
Health Sciences
Natural & Physical Science

Management coaching is aimed at those who want to become professional management coaches. This includes managers, leaders, human capital development experts and learning facilitators in all industries, those working with the human aspect of transferring knowledge and others who support and facilitate growth, performance, relationship-building and teamwork.

  • Establishing your credentials as a management coach
  • Acquiring the ability to development human capital or learning in any industry
  • First understanding the various coaching frameworks and models, and then establishing your signature presence as coach
  • Acquiring the skills to challenge people’s personal beliefs and help them grow
  • Knowing how to facilitate knowledge transfer, talent development and organisational effectiveness
  • Knowing how to support growth, performance, relationship-building and teamwork
  • Gaining the competence to move into a senior management position
  • Gaining new perspectives on the development of yourself and others
  • Helping to create a more ethical and responsible society

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

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

‘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.’

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

‘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.’

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

‘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.’


Not at all. The experiences of our students is that the course is suited to any career that involves managing people.

There are four modules plus a research assignment.

Students are required to attend all classes on campus. This work-based, modular programme (block release programme) runs over two years.

Yes, there is a comfortable lodge on the campus (Bellvista Lodge –, which is ideal for short-term accommodation. However, this will probably be too expensive for longer stays. Once you have been admitted on the MBA and your deposit has been paid, your course administrator will give you guidance on finding other accommodation options, such as a room or flat.