Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the coaching programme different from others?

    Ashridge faculty are experienced organisation development consultants, accredited executive coaches and also qualified psychotherapists. The Ashridge Masters in Executive Coaching programme offers an integrated perspective on the coaching profession. It draws on expert-thinking for existing organisational studies, relational practice and change management.

    This programme is informed by a thriving and active research - the Ashridge Centre for Coaching. This ensures that teaching is always up-to-date and incorporates the latest developments in business, executive coaching, and the art of helping conversations.

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  • How long does it take to complete the Ashridge Masters in Executive Coaching?

    The programme usually takes 20 months to complete. If you begin in the May intake group, you work on your first year assignments from May to January. The second year assignments typically take a full year from January to January. If you elect not to continue with your programme at any point, but do not wish to permanently leave your studies, you can apply to interrupt your studies for up to five years. The maximum possible time allowed to complete the Masters is seven years.

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  • How is the teaching style relevant to my work as an executive coach?

    The aim of the programme is to develop theoretically-informed practitioners with the capacity to critically reflect on their practice. The teaching style reflects this aim. Faculty work collaboratively with the participant group and didactic input is kept to a minimum.

    Theories and models are introduced to provide a conceptual frame. You apply the theories through practical skills building exercises or small group tasks.

    Throughout the programme, you will discuss and reflect on your current coaching work and professional dilemmas. The majority of your work is conducted in a coaching format.

    You will engage in peer coaching, with observers providing feedback on how you work as a client and coach. Also, your coaching will be supervised throughout the programme.

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  • Can I become an Ashridge Accredited Coach without completing the Master’s degree?

    Yes, you can submit an accreditation application after completing Module 1, which is equal to the Coaching for Organisation Consultants Open Programme. Therefore, it is possible to join this programme and then sign up for Ashridge accreditation. Alternatively, you can opt for the Postgraduate Diploma option - in which you only enlist for Modules 1, 2 and 3. Providing all assessments are passed, you will become an accredited coach with a Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Coaching.

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  • Why does Ashridge prefer smaller than average class sizes?

    Our programme structure is different to postgraduate programmes at other business schools. We believe there is an optimal group size for maximising learning effectiveness. Smaller class sizes provide a more personalised experience. This is further complemented by one-to-one tutoring and a focus on enhancing your personal capabilities as an executive coach.

    You also benefit from Ashridge's unique learning environment. Ashridge has stunning grounds and state of-the-art resources to promote personal development and reflection. The AMEC attracts experienced professionals who bring a wealth of ideas and insight which significantly adds to the overall group learning experience.

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