Master of Science in Coaching Psychology

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Coaching psychology is a fast growing and relatively new approach to the enhancement of human performance in work, relationships and life in general. Coaching psychology is an applied positive psychology course and sits at the intersection of counselling, clinical and organisational psychology.

Overview
The Master of Science in Coaching Psychology is an articulated postgraduate program which teaches the applied science of human performance enhancement and coaching. Our main focus is on coaching in business and organisational settings.

This program provides you with a sound grounding in the theoretical and methodological aspects of coaching psychology and teaches fundamental applied coaching skills. The program aims to give you the knowledge to be a skilled coach, capable of coaching in an extensive variety of settings and with a wide range of clients including executive, management and personal coaching. The Coaching Psychology Unit seeks to enhance the performance, productivity and quality of life of individuals, organisations and the broader community, through excellence in education, research and the practice of coaching psychology.

Sydney advantage
There are currently very few universities worldwide that offer postgraduate qualifications in coaching psychology. The Coaching Psychology Unit is recognised as a world leader in the development of both coaching theory and its real world application. Ensuring students receive the best available training, coaching psychology is taught by practising coaching psychologists, and training and management consultants, all of whom have extensive experience in their specialised fields and many of whom have international reputations. The programs offer leading edge training in the theory and practice of coaching.

Program expectations
You can expect to gain both a sound grounding in the main psychological theories and principles that inform coaching practice and a foundation in the core skills of applied coaching. These theoretical and applied skills include:
- an ability to implement coaching in a variety of settings
- an understanding of the strengths, limitations and applications of coaching methodologies
- an ability to design and implement coaching programs in organisational settings
- an understanding of how systems, groups and teams operate, and the application of coaching within complex systems
an understanding of the central features of personal and organisational coaching
- an overview of the main forms of psychopathology found in coaching and how to deal appropriately with clients displaying mental health issues.

Course outline

View a sample study plan/course structure table.

Study plan


Students undertake the course in one of three streams: the specialist Executive and Workplace Coaching stream, the specialist Health Coaching stream or a non-specialist coaching stream. Each stream requires the completion of a total of 48 credit points (cp). Study can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Your individual study plan will of course depend on the availability of units in a given semester.

The Executive and Workplace Coaching stream comprises six core units of study (36 credit points) (cp): PSYC4721, PSYC4722, PSYC4724, PSYC4727, PSYC4729 and PSYC4730), and two elective units of study (12cp) from PSYC4723, PSYC4725 or PSYC4731. With permission PHIL7840, Philosophy and Science of Happiness, may be taken as one of the elective units.

The Health Coaching stream comprises six core units (36cp): PSYC4721, PSYC4722, PSYC4724, PSYC5010, PSYC5011, PSYC5012, and two electives from PSYC4723, PSYC4729, PSYC4730 or PSYC5014.

A non-specialist coaching stream comprises three core units (18cp): PSYC4721, PSYC4722 and PSYC4724, and five elective units of study (30cp).

Subject of the availability of supervision and suitable projects, candidates with a credit average in 24 credit points from the degree may be admitted to the research pathway. Contact the course coordinator for more information about the research pathway.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first four units of study, to qualify for admission to the research project units of study, and PSYC4721 and PSYC4722 to qualify for admission to the coaching practicum in PSYC4724. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed to provide an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the course, synthesise this with prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.

An elective research pathway capstone experience in the award comprises PSYC5016 and PSYC5017 (12 credit points total). Eligible candidates identify a research issue, review existing literature on the topic, formulate novel research questions, and test these questions through the application of contemporary psychological methodologies and appropriate data-analytic procedures.

A coursework pathway capstone experience in the award comprises PSYC4724 (6 credit points), consolidating the theory and skills acquired in core units of study through a coaching practicum over the course of one semester.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

After graduating, you could expect to gain employment in a range of jobs involving human resource development, private practice, organisational consultancy and professional services.

Course accreditation

While there is no generally recognised professional qualification for coaches, the program is consistent with the International Coach Federation (ICF) core competencies. Hence successful completion of the program may contribute toward accreditation in the ICF’s portfolio track. Similarly, if you have a four year degree in psychology, participation in the program may be able to be used as part of the requirements for registration as a psychologist via the supervision track. However, the program does not in itself qualify you for registration as a psychologist.

Further study

Many of our graduates have successfully pursued further study in a range of internationally recognised academic programs. If you would like to be part of Sydney's research community, you may wish to consider applying for admission to a higher degree by research. Research can be completed through a Master of Science by research or a PhD. Students completing a research degree undertake supervised research in specialised area of psychology and submit a written thesis at the completion of their studies. You can search for potential research projects and supervisors at Research Supervisor Connect: http://sydney.edu.au/research/opportunities/

Admission

Admission requirements

Entry into the program is competitive. You should have either a three year Psychology degree or a three year degree in a cognate discipline with a major in areas such as (but not limited to) arts, humanities, business, science or law. At least two years relevant employment experience is required.

Our students are typically mid-career professionals with some coaching experience and prior coach training of some sort. A section of our students are professional coaches seeking to extend their practice and gain a thorough grounding in the psychology of coaching. Another section of our students are managers from a wide range of professions and industry sectors who have used coaching skills in the workplace and have undertaken ‘manager as coach’ training and leadership development programs. We also have a number of human resource and organisational development professionals in the program who typically have been involved in organising or delivering coaching in the workplace.

Your application must include a formal cover letter of between 500 and 1000 words outlining your previous coaching experience, your interest in the program and your overall goals on graduation.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

To help the assessment process we request that you provide the names of up to 3 referees, and include a short essay of 300 to 500 words outlining your prior experience, your interest in the program and your overall goals on graduation. These can be uploaded and attached to your online application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University by using the online application form, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

To help the assessment process we request that you provide the names of up to 3 referees, and include a short essay of 300 to 500 words outlining your prior experience, your interest in the program and your overall goals on graduation. These can be uploaded and attached to your online application.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.