Insights into the MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change

Coaches come in all shapes and sizes; some work as dedicated independents, working from the outside to help individuals or businesses to be the best they can be, while others work in HR or management within an organisation and see coaching as an additional tool in their armoury, to be used to improve the performance of the members of their team.

Either way, coaching has increasingly become an essential part of leadership and executive learning development, and competition is every bit as fierce between coaches as it is between the people and organisations they seek to improve. So in order to give themselves an edge over their rivals, ambitious coaches are signing up in record numbers to the MSc (Masters) programme run by the Henley Centre for Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School. But the reasons they choose Henley are as individual as the participants themselves.

For Rebecca Stevens, Head of Employee Engagement at BAT, reputation was important, along with the programme’s mix of experiential and theoretical learning. ‘I had friends who were on the course already and I was able to compare their experiences with those people I knew who were on other courses. And at Henley, you really have an opportunity to step back and learn. The quality of the tutors has been second-to-none, which is what I expected, but what I didn’t expect was to learn so much from the other people on the course; each has a totally different perspective, so that makes it a very rich experience. The other surprise was that as a psychologist for many years, I thought I was self-aware, but Henley takes that to a whole new level!’

Karen Bentley, Lead HR Business Partner at Kinetic People, had been at Henley five years earlier to gain her Coaching Certificate, and even though the physical journey to Henley was a long one for her, she was unequivocal that she wanted to undertake her Masters at Henley. ‘At Henley, it’s all about having the time to apply the theories and hear – and learn from – other people’s experience. It’s also such an inspiring place, with beautiful buildings and grounds, and the restaurant staff really look after you!’

With ambitions to become a professional coach, Jane Cox, GCC HR Director at Royal and Sun Alliance, selected Henley because it attracts the type of organisations she wanted to work with, and because she particularly enjoyed the emphasis on group work. ‘To be able to practise the techniques you’ve learned, then review them and get feedback, gives you a real sense that you’re learning and progressing. If Henley has taught me anything, it’s to trust myself, and have the confidence to trust what I’ve acquired here.’

Karen Hayns is Client Services Director at Williams Lea, and she cites several reasons why she chose to embark upon the Masters programme at Henley. ‘I’ve become increasingly interested in behaviour, and after twenty years in corporate life, this course opens up so many new possibilities. Being a part of a cohort of like-minded people has been hugely rewarding. Having the academic rigour around the subject has also been so important.’

But whatever their reasons, they all agree that the MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change at Henley is a life-changing experience, and one that gives them a genuine competitive edge.

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