Why study Coaching Psychology at Sydney

16 November 2023
Five reasons to study coaching psychology with us
Our postgraduate degree in coaching psychology will prepare you for a rewarding career helping individuals and organisations achieve their goals.

Coaching psychology focuses on the application of psychological principles and techniques that help individuals and groups develop and flourish.

Using a client-centred approach, coaching psychologists help people and organisations achieve their objectives in areas such as career development, executive coaching, leadership growth, and organisational change.

1. A world first in postgraduate education

We're ranked 27th globally for psychology in the 2023 QS Subject Rankings. You'll learn at the world's first and longest-running university-based Coaching Psychology Unit, with different levels of postgraduate coursework degrees available to suit your needs.

These include the Graduate Certificate in Coaching Psychology, the Graduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology, and the Master of Science in Coaching Psychology. You can upgrade from the Graduate Certificate to the Graduate Diploma or Masters, giving you plenty of flexibility.

For top-performing students with a natural curiosity, motivation, and love of intellectual pursuits, PhD entry is available and opens doors to a future in coaching psychology research and academia.

2. Available in-person or 100% online

Our three postgraduate courses are available either in person or online. We have designed the online option to provide access to domestic and international students and those who need flexibility due to work commitments.

Lectures are run concurrently, so whether you attend in person or online, you'll be able to form lifelong bonds with the students in your cohort, creating a supportive professional network, while also enjoying the experience of being part of the coaching psychology unit.

3. Learn from world-renowned experts

You'll learn from respected academics, researchers, and training and management consultants in the field who are passionate about coaching psychology. All our lecturers and support staff are practicing coaches and highly respected academics, providing a depth of experience and insight into the practical side of coaching and real-world application.

Our experts have a genuine interest in helping students to develop professionally and personally. You'll be supported by teachers who have a deep understanding of coaching psychology, who share a veracious appetite for passing on their knowledge and skills, and who have a passion for advancing the profession.

4. Access modern facilities

Coaching psychology is multidisciplinary in that it applies strong scientific evidence-based research from various fields including all areas of psychology and positive psychology, leadership, business, organisational change, performance, and systems theories.

Because of this, you'll have the benefit of learning in our state-of-the-art facilities, including the Charles Perkins CentreAbercrombie Business School, and the Susan Wakil Health Building.

5. Diverse career opportunities

With a degree in Coaching Psychology, a wide range of career paths are open to you.

Many of our graduates work as executive coaches, helping individuals in leadership positions enhance their professional skills, leadership capabilities, and decision-making processes, while supporting them one-on-one with their personal and organisational goals.

Coaches have a diverse portfolio of work, which may also involve delivering workshops, seminars, or training programs to groups or organisations on topics such as stress management, wellbeing, resilience building, communication skills, change, and leadership development.

Coaches and coaching psychologists can work as consultants by offering their expertise to organisations seeking to improve employee performance, team dynamics, and overall wellbeing. Some of our graduates establish their own private practices, offering one-on-one services to clients on a wide range of personal and professional development topics.

Other career pathways include working within an organisation as an internal coach, workplace wellbeing advisor, or executive. You could work within a human resources team or as part of an internal organisational leadership development team. Coaching psychology also has application to the approach to leadership undertaken by executives in both health and education.