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MSc Coaching Psychology/MA Psychological Coaching

Student Research

As part of the programme students are required to conduct research into an aspect of coaching theory and/or their practice at the interface between psychology and coaching. All research is at MSc/MA level. Emphasis is placed on practitioner research, qualitative and action research methodologies.

A list of completed dissertations coming soon.

Members of the staff team are research active.

Current research includes:

  • Narcissism, shame and corporate decay.
  • On-going practitioner research exploring shame and narcissistic processes in coaching clients and how this contributes both to the construction of the organisation in the mind and impacts individual and collective relating and patterns of organisation.
  • Exploring and undoing the construction of impotence in the public sector - an action research approach
  • Practitioner research into the social construction of impotence in the UK public sector and action learning strategies for restoring potency and agency among senior managers.
  • Team dialogue and the emergence of conversational leadership.
  • Practitioner research into the application of the Gestalt Cycle of Experience for supporting dialogue among senior leaders to support the emergence of situational, responsive leadership in complex adaptive systems.
  • Coaching in a hall of mirrors perspectives on feedback in organisational life.
  • Practitioner research into the phenomenological experience organisation leaders and managers have of official and unofficial feedback interactions and the impact of these on individual and collective behaviour.


A list of staff publications will be found here...coming soon.