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Henley MSc in Coaching for Behavioural Change

At a glance

  • Understand the psychology and neuroscience behind behavioural change
  • Practise new coaching tools and techniques
  • Learn to coach at an organisational level, align your coaching with business objectives, and work with senior executives
  • Become more self-aware as a coach and transform how you relate to coachees
  • Undertake a research project on a coaching and behavioural change topic of your choice
Subject area(s)
Full MSc: £22,950. All prices exclude accommodation and are VAT exempt.
Course length
30 months minimum for full MSc, depending on Module 1 start date
Suitable for
Individuals who are using, and intend to develop further, a coaching approach either in a line management role or as a professional executive coach


The MSc in Coaching for Behavioural Change is a flexible, part-time programme that empowers you to become more confident, self-aware and effective as a coach.

Driven by research and led by experienced tutors, the programme is delivered in a workshop style that lets you practise new skills and techniques in a safe environment.

You will gain insight into the processes involved in behavioural change, as well as the organisational context for coaching and the dynamics of coaching relationships. You will also have valuable time to reflect and network with a supportive group of peers.

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Key benefits

Coaching for Behavioural Change Notes for Applicants April 2021

You will typically have a good first degree or an equivalent professional qualification, and a minimum of 5 years' management experience. We also welcome applications from candidates with substantial knowledge, experience and skills in a relevant field who do not meet these requirements. An excellent level of English is essential and proficiency testing may be requested.


Participants who have completed the Henley Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching (PCEC) within the last 5 years are exempt from this module in Stage 1.

Intake dates

Intakes for Module 1, the Henley Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching, are scheduled regularly throughout the year.

You can study Module 1 in any format provided that you have completed part 3 or workshop 3 prior to the commencement of Module 2 (Neuroscience & Psychology) that begins in January of each year. We recommend starting Module 1 before the end of September to allow sufficient breaks between workshop sessions.

Module 1 intakes:

Visit the Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching programme for more information. Please note, intake spaces are subject to availability.

MSc intake 13

  • Begin Module 1 (Henley Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching) before the end of September 2021
  • Module 2 begins in January 2022

Download the full schedule of dates for this intake


The MSc in Coaching for Behavioural Change is a practical, part-time programme that combines workshops with self-directed study. It runs for a minimum of 30 months depending on the start date of Module 1 (the Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching).

The qualification is achieved in three stages, with successful completion of each stage required before you can progress to the next.

Find out more about fee options and payment stages

View teaching hours and dates (MSc intake 13)

Visit the PCEC course page for full details

Exemption from this module is available for participants who have previously completed the Henley Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching no more than five years prior.

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In this module you will:

  • Explore evidence-based tools and techniques including cognitive behavioural coaching, motivational interviewing, and acceptance and commitment based coaching
  • Consider relevant psychological theories and the latest research into neuroscience
  • Develop your ability to support yourself and others to resolve issues, overcome barriers, and embrace new behaviours and ways of thinking
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In this module you will explore some of the more difficult situations a coach can face - both interpersonal and contextual issues.

Topics of study include:

  • Cross-cultural coaching
  • Gestalt coaching
  • Mental health and coaching
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In this module you will:

  • Understand the theory and practice of working with groups within a system or organisation
  • Learn about coaching and behavioural change at an organisational level
  • Develop an understanding of 'the system' rather than the individual response, and the dynamic nature of relationships
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In this module you will:

  • Develop your ability to reflect on the relationship between personal beliefs and the habits of interpersonal behaviour
  • Build on some of the psychodynamic models introduced in Stage 1
  • Learn how to achieve a high level of self-awareness and behavioural flexibility
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You will undertake a Masters level research project investigating a coaching and behavioural change topic of your choice. This provides the opportunity for a critical examination of the topic and a platform for further professional development.

You will be supported by research and data analysis workshops, as well as guidance from an individual supervisor.

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Begun during Stage 1, the personal project encourages you to identify themes of personal development as a coach to be followed over the programme duration.

Just as the research project is about an external application of what has been learnt, the personal project is designed to be inward looking.

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You will have ongoing contact with Henley Business School through:

  • Access to resources from the online learning portal for up to 12 months
  • University of Reading and Henley alumni status
  • Option to continue membership of The Henley Centre for Coaching (fee payable)


The Henley Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching (completed during Stage 1 of this MSc) is accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Association for Coaching (AC) and the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC). This recognises the quality of the learning experience and provides the option for individual accreditation with any or all of these bodies following successful completion of the programme.

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The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change.

Programme Director Dr Rebecca Jones has extensive experience of coaching individuals at all levels and has worked with a range of corporate clients on consultancy projects. She is a frequent contributor to professional bodies and has a particular research interest in coaching effectiveness.

The MSc in Coaching for Behavioural Change is led by Henley faculty with a significant part of the course content delivered by thought-leaders, including Nancy Kline, John Whittington and Peter Hawkins.

Dr Rebecca Jones

Associate Professor in Coaching

Professor Jonathan Passmore

Professor of Coaching and Behavioural Change

Nigel Spinks

Lecturer in Systems and Processes

Dr Tatiana Rowson

Lecturer in Coaching

Dr Tim Anstiss

Coaching tutor

Dr. Ilona Boniwell

Visiting Tutor, MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change

John Whittington

Visiting Tutor

Dr Karen Izod

Visiting Tutor

Professor Alison Hardingham

Executive Fellow & Lead Tutor

Ty Francis

Visiting Tutor

Nancy Kline

Visiting Tutor

Mark McMordie

Visiting Tutor

Professor Peter Hawkins

Professor of Leadership

"I’m definitely more empathetic, and have a greater appreciation that people work best in different ways. I’m more inclined to look beneath the surface of people and situations now, and my listening skills have improved. I just work with people at a totally different level now."

Read full case study - Ulrike Sannwald-Reed, Director of Purchasing and Quality, Worcester Bosch

"The teaching was of such a consistently high standard it was an absolute delight ... the practical nature of the MSc and the reflective nature of the assignments made it even more enjoyable. Whilst it was undoubtedly hard work, somehow it didn’t feel like it."

Read full case study - Mark Smith, Director of Development, LexisNexis and Independent Executive Coach

"​The programme has been cleverly constructed to allow you to learn from each other, as well as from the expert tutors and outside practitioners."

Read full case study - Debashish Roy, Vice President Human Resources, Africa Eurasia Division, Colgate Palmolive Company

"Henley managed to maintain a balance between highly academic, world-class research and making everything so applicable. At no point did I ever feel that I couldn’t apply my learning in my own work situation, and I regularly did."

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  • A capped £1500 alumni discount

This applies to alumni who have completed any UoR/HBS programme of 120+ credits

The Henley Partnership


  • 50% discount

Henley Business School is pleased to offer up to two discounted places for employees of UK registered charities on each intake of the MSc in Coaching for Behavioural Change. Places are allocated through a competitive process. Applicants will need to provide:

  • Proof of paid employee status of a UK registered charity
  • Confirmation that this role is their main employment
  • The UK registered charity number
  • Confirmation that charity can be invoiced directly

To apply, please complete and return the charity discount application form. We are considering charity discount applications on a rolling basis. See here for further details of the application process.

MOD Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme

The Henley MSc in Coaching for Behavioural Change is approved under the MOD's ELC scheme and can be part-funded using Enhanced Learning Credits.

Please note:
* Alumni discount is available to Henley Business School alumni (as part of University of Reading), not to graduates of Henley Management College.

Only one discount can apply.

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World top 25
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for course design, new skills & learning, and participants' aims achieved
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The Henley Centre for Coaching

The Henley Centre for Coaching is a global leader in coaching research and coach training. The Centre is home to a wealth of resources, including the National Coaching Resources Centre, and is a proud recipient of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) Coaching Award.

Executive Education at Henley

For 75 years, Henley Business School has developed confident and resilient business leaders. Executive Education at Henley is:

  • Practical: we combine academic rigour with a strong practical focus, so you can immediately apply what you have learned back in your organisation.
  • Relevant: Henley faculty are experienced practitioners who can support you in exploring solutions to your organisation’s challenges.
  • Collaborative: Open programmes enable you to expand your network, gain new perspectives and share ideas with peers from a range of backgrounds and sectors.
  • Personal: deliberately small learning groups allow you to benefit from individual attention and a confidential environment. We encourage you to understand your unique strengths, leadership style, and areas for development.

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