With placement opportunities available our MSc Career Guidance & Development qualifies you to work as a career guidance practitioner.
As a practitioner you will provide accurate and relevant advice on employment, education and training opportunities to an ever-widening client group.
Our course focuses on professional practice, personal reflection and critical analysis of practice. It also allows you to undertake research and work evaluation as part of your ongoing professional development.
The Postgraduate Diploma can include completion of the Qualification in Career Guidance and Development (QCGD) which is professionally accredited by the Career Development Institute UK.
98% overall student satisfaction - Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2017
The Certificate consists of three modules and the Diploma six. The core module is Reflective Guidance Practice. Additional modules include:
Postgraduate Diploma students learning on-campus undertake placements and practical experience, with opportunities to experience how career guidance practitioners operate in organisations and as training providers. If you are already working in the sector then you can study part-time or online.
You can take up to two years of further part-time study towards a Masters award.
Teaching and Assessment
Teaching and learning methods on our Career Guidance and Development course include:
The combination of theory, policy and practice means that you are able to put learning into practice as you study and reflect this in each of the summative assessment in each of your modules.
Practice-based learning opportunities means our course has a professional focus and enables you to engage in real world inquiry which is again reflected in the summative assessment in each module.
This course, combining academic study and professional training, is for you if you want to enter the career guidance sector in which you could work in a range of settings (e.g. careers service companies, youth guidance services, further education, higher education, adult guidance, the voluntary sector).
You can opt to study only the PG Diploma (120 credits at Level 7) / Qualification in Career Guidance (QCG) or to continue on to complete the full MA.
The University and the Career Development Institute validate the QCG, which is widely recognised in the UK and overseas as the professional qualification for working in this sector, and provides a sound and comprehensive basis for entry into all aspects of careers work. The full MA provides both the professional and academic qualifications for a successful career in this sector.
This course is for anyone who would like to work within the careers sector and who would like to become fully qualified to do so.
Applicants do not need previous experience although any experience working in a supporting capacity with adults or young people will be helpful.
The QCG course meets all the learning outcomes laid down by the Career Development Institute and includes:
• Developing Career Management Skills and Processes
• Transforming Practice through Critical Reflection (or ‘Exploring Practice through Critical Reflection’ for those not registering for the QCG)
• Exploring Theories of Career Management
• Designing Career Learning and Development
• Promoting Equality and Diversity
• Engaging with Labour Markets.
All modules are compulsory. For the full MA you will also complete the Evaluation and Research Methods teaching and write a Dissertation
A blend of academic study (lectures, seminars, e-learning and discussions) and professional application (placements, practical days in the University and role play) is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. Throughout the year there is engagement with theoretical aspects of careers work and also ongoing development of practical skills including individual guidance, coaching and counselling and also working with groups. The purpose built counselling suite is available for all students.
All modules are assessed through written work and there are also practical assessments (interviews, group work, presentations) to be completed.
In order to achieve the full MA a dissertation of 18,000 words is required for which students are allocated individual
Successful completion of this course provides you with the skills and knowledge to enter or continue within all sectors of the careers profession.
If you are interested in further pursuing your academic potential you will be able to apply for a place on the doctoral programme (MPhil/PhD) at Canterbury Christ Church University.
For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx
See our postgraduate fees and funding page to discover the loans, scholarships and bursaries available.
The Cass Full-time MBA course is a challenging 12-month journey combining intensive learning and practical application that will sharpen your performance and give you the clarity to design the next decisive phase of your career.
An engrossing mix of lectures, workshops, live projects and overseas ventures make for an exhilarating and hugely rewarding year. At the end of your MBA journey you will emerge more capable, confident and most importantly, sought after. The programme attracts exceptional students from across the world to take their education to the next level.
Located in the City of London with unparalleled links with international businesses, the Cass Business School Full-time MBA programme is one of the most highly respected and prestigious MBAs in the UK and Europe.
The MBA programme allows you to tailor your skills and learning around a Core General Management Programme. This will develop your core knowledge and skills in business and management giving you the base skill set to succeed for the remainder of the course.
The MBA has a large number of modules that will cover all areas of business and management.The links below act as a guide on how you will be spending your 12 months on the Cass Full-time MBA programme.
September - April
April - September
Throughout the year
Tailor your MBA: Electives
It's your Full-time MBA programme and we give you every opportunity to tailor its content through a wide choice of electives, a personal and professional development programme and one-to-one career coaching so that your MBA course takes you where you want to go not just after your MBA, but over the lifetime of your career.
Elective modules cover the following areas:
There are also several international modules available, including a UAE International Study Tour, China International Study Tour and Strategic Marketing in Action: Exploring Location Brands.
You will run two projects alongside the core and elective modules - one Strategy Project in the first half of the MBA programme, followed by a Business Mastery Project in the latter half. These challenging yet rewarding projects are integral to your MBA study.
Our London Full-time MBA course is fully accredited by:
Dedicated to your success
At the Career and Professional Development Centre our aim is to offer training and guidance in employability skills enabling you to make the most of your MBA and increase your chances in the jobs market. We will guide you on how to prepare and implement your strategy to achieve your own career objectives, whether you are progressing in your current career or changing direction.
The support we offer can be tailored to your individual needs and career objectives through our comprehensive range of lectures, workshops, personal advice and online resources. Our self-assessment sessions will help evaluate your strengths, motivations and values, and enable you to relate these to your career strategy.
The Cass Business School MBA is ranked in the top 3 for career progression in the UK and our Class of 2015 reported significant career impact three months after completion:
Not only will you gain invaluable business knowledge, key abilities and skills, but also have access to leading careers support and advice.
From the start of term you will work with a member of the Careers Team who will be available to support you throughout your time at Cass. In particular, they will help you focus on your job search strategy as well as providing you with expert CV, interview and networking advice. Industry specialists and career coaches are also available to help build a clear picture of your career options.
Cass Careers Online
Cass Careers Online (CCO) is your personal career management tool. With everything from booking events to job vacancies, you'll find invaluable assistance to aid every step of your career search.
CCO enables you to:
All Executive part-time, modular or EMBAs, in London and Dubai benefit from a suite of online resources on Cass Careers Online. These include careers advice videos, practice psychometric tests and job and networking sites specifically for MBAs
Professional Development Workshops
Our wide range of workshops gives you the chance to develop invaluable skills in a highly-focused, professional environment. Forming the backbone of any serious careers strategy, learn the secrets of maximising CV impact, how to impress at interviews, effective job search techniques and networking skills.
MBA Professional Development Week
Experiential learning is the process of making meaning from direct experience, and this week is dedicated to active experimentation and reflective observation.
The main event is held off campus and takes students away from a typical working or study environment. Over the course of this three day programme you will participate in a range of practical activities and challenging ‘learning metaphors’ which are used as a starting point to discuss skill traits, individual development themes and to receive feedback from trained facilitators and cohort peers.
This event provides the opportunity to explore leadership styles, the ability to create followership, examine examples of effective communication in challenging team contexts and to develop deeper insight regarding mental toughness and resilience.
Our Master's programme in Business Administration - unlike other similar programmes - emphasises the social processes that constitute organisations. How do social processes determine the ways in which organisations and management operate and perform? In addition, in Nijmegen we have chosen an integrated approach. This focus on the big picture, including social relationships is what creates a better understanding of the importance of good management and can eventually improve the performance of organisations of all kinds.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/business/
Before the programme starts, you will choose a specialisation:
- Business Analysis and Modelling
- Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Management
- International Business
- Organisational Design and Development
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Strategic Management
This programme is closely associated with the research carried out within the Institute of Management Research, where the focus is on research into relationship management, institutional dynamics, decision making and innovative management. You will become familiar with both the theoretical and practical aspects of your special subject. The programme combines a thorough training in methodology with action-based learning: you apply the theory you have learned to concrete cases and learn to develop appropriate solutions. And in our Visa Skills Lab, students use computers to make scenario analyses and simulate decision-making processes within organisations.
We provide internationally oriented education and research training. Our students have the opportunity to take part in a Master’s level project on European Human Resource Management, a cooperative venture among six leading European business schools and universities. Here, students work in a multi-cultural team and follow a consultancy in-company project in one of the six countries involved.
- Career Perspective for Strategic Management
The Master's specialisation in Strategegic Management is an advanced study that prepares future leaders for the business world. It offers thorough knowledge of strategic processes from a disciplinary perspective, linked with insights from other business areas. Therefore, the Master's specialisation in Strategic Management trains students in conducting academic research and decision-making and helps them to develop ideas of underlying business solutions based on a thorough academic understanding of business practice. Graduates of our master program face a stimulating future career. Our graduates are greatly valued by their employers for their analytical skills and sound academic understanding of business practices. A master degree in business administration with a specialisation in Strategic Management offers students a wide range of career perspectives, such as consultant, business analyst, researcher and manager.
- Career Perspective for Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Management
The Master's specialisation Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Management prepares you for the function of a diversity professional in public and/or private organisations. Our graduates are likely to be tasked with the development and implementation of specialized gender and diversity policies and/or diversity and inclusion programs, or can be employed in more general talent management and/or organisational change jobs. Students are trained to become critical academic professionals, and are well positioned to enter national or international management trainee programs. Other jobs, such as policy advisor, program manager, consultant or recruiter are also possible. Students with an interest in academic research have the option to pursue a PhD.
- Career Perspective for Organisational Design and Development
As the Master's specialisation Organisational Design and Development engages you with the construction of labour organisations, the degree offers you a career perspective as a consultant, a staff member or a researcher on redesign and change processes within organisations. Later on in your career, you may move on to senior management positions.
- Career Perspective for Marketing
A Master's degree in business administration with a specialisation in marketing offers you a wide range of career perspectives, such as brand manager, product manager, management consultant, marketing researcher and account manager. Later on in your career, you may move on to senior positions, such as marketing director, or even to a CEO position.
- Career Perspective for Strategic Human Resource Management
The Master's specialisation in Human Resource Management focuses on new insights into personnel and organisation issues. This involves, among other things, using the human resources concept and resource-based staff and organisation management. In addition, topical themes are addressed such as competence management, training management and culture management. The Master's specialisation in Human Resource Management is therefore interesting for students who want to contribute to the development and implementation of personnel management in organisations in the role of adviser, scientific researcher or staff member.
- Career Perspective for International Business
The IB programme prepares students for a position as an International Manager or an International Professional in international business. The manager or professional is able to use a scientific methodological framework to analyse developments in the international external and internal environment of MNEs by looking at management processes from a cross-cultural point of view.
- Career Perspective for Business Analysis and Modelling
Most of the students in the BAM specialisation and in the two-year European Masters in System Dynamics (of which BAM is the Nijmegen component) will find jobs at advisory bureaus or the strategic planning departments of large companies.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/business/
The Cass Executive MBA in Dubai is designed to meet the needs of business executives in the Middle East and surrounding regions. It forms part of a Cass Executive MBA offering that ranks amongst the world's elite.
The Cass Executive MBA in Dubai is a two-year course delivered in a monthly block weekend format (Thursday - Sunday 09:00-17:00) to accommodate busy working professionals from the region. As such, it enables you to work and study at the same time, so you can add to your qualifications without stepping back from the business world.
The Cass Executive MBA programme in Dubai is a dynamic and flexible two-year part-time MBA programme. This elite, internationally-focused course will allow you to tailor your skills and learning around your job.
Year 1: Core General Management Programme
The Executive MBA course is broken into two halves taught over the first and second years. The modules that make up the Executive MBA cover all areas of business and management. The electives also allow you to specialise in a particular area of business ensuring you get maximum ROI for your personal career progression from the course.
Year 2: Tailored Programme
During the second year, DEMBA students will select Elective modules and undertake a Business Mastery Project. Electives include:
Students may take up to six electives, of which five are credited; the wide variety of topics covered allows you to specialise in a variety of topics and tailor your executive MBA experience in London for your future career aspirations.
Cass's Careers team offers you professional training and guidance in employability skills, enabling you to make the most of your MBA, whether you are progressing your current career or changing direction.
In fact, throughout your time in Dubai as an Executive MBA student, you will have access to several Professional Development and Career Service Workshops and continued support from the Cass Careers team.
Careers help for EMBA Students
The Careers team will visit you in Dubai several times and hold several workshops to help enhance your career, including:
You will also gain access to an invaluable suite of online resources and tools to help you get the most of out of the career support at Cass.
Furthermore, you gain an unrivalled alumni network covering all corners of the world and all sectors of business. The programme in Dubai regularly holds networking events allowing you to network with a wide variety of people - some of whom may become future business partners, colleagues or employers.
Cass Careers Online
Cass Careers Online, our online careers system, will be your central point of contact with us. Login to stay up-to-date with job vacancies. Access a range of online resources such as our Cass CV template and guidelines, career advice videos, search our company directory, book 1-1 appointments, and sign up to Career and Professional Development workshops. It's up to you to take advantage of what's on offer to help you meet your career objectives.
As a School, we have built up a very strong informal network on LinkedIn and Facebook to ensure that you are up-to-date with current market trends, as well as maintaining links with regional and international headhunter and recruitment agencies. We also encourage you to tap into our alumni network for advice and support.
Our suite of online resources and tools have been developed to allow you to make the most of our services in your own time. Conduct your research using online career guides such as Vault.com and assess your values, interests and motivators using CareerLeader (that lets you test-drive different careers to find your best match). Investigate current opportunities at Gulf Talent, a popular online recruitment service for professionals across the Middle East; it is used by prominent employers and executive search firms all over the region to find candidates for their vacancies. Search for jobs across all industries and sectors in the Gulf using Career Intelligence, where jobs have been carefully sourced and filtered to ensure only the top vacancies are available.
The Modular Executive MBA programme is one of the top ranked part-time MBAs in the UK and Europe, This MBA offers academic excellence and outstanding connections with international businesses and a dedication from us to you in developing your career.
Whether you are looking to accelerate your career to the next level or to change your career completely, this flexible part-time MBA will transform your professional development.
Studying over the 3rd weekend each month across two years you will learn core management theories and have the opportunity to tailor your learning experience with your elective choices. The programme provides fundamental knowledge of business and management while allowing for flexibility around your career. Take a closer look at the Modular Executive MBA programme structure.
Your journey will be one shared by a diverse, experienced cohort. Amongst this group of talented business professionals you will tasked to collaborate, problem solve and present practical solutions to real organisational issues. The relationships you build over the course of the programme are significant. Your peers will then go on to form an important part of your professional network. Find out more about our current students and alumni by reading their profiles.
London is a global hub for business and has a thriving talented workforce from all corners of the world. There is no better place to be to network and build business connections of your own. The city is host to a large number of successful organisations and provides the perfect platform build relationships and create opportunities. The Modular Executive programme takes place on our campus in the heart of London and is situated in the financial district and right next to London’s Tech City.
A leading MBA to develop your career
The Modular Executive MBA provides a flexible learning experience that will give you the skills, the knowledge and the edge to make you a better business leader and decision maker. Taking place over the 3rd weekend each month (Friday - Monday) you will undergo a personal transition in the way you approach and think about business.
During your first year you will be taught core management theories and will later be able to tailor your learning experience through a selection of electives in areas such as marketing, innovation, strategy and finance. You will also discover that your professional development is an important part of the programme with coaching and workshop sessions organised by our careers team.
You will find the experiences you encounter and the skills you develop throughout the programme are immediately at your disposal during your day to day work as you immerse yourself in the knowledge and theory taught by our expert academics.
The MEMBA programme offers many of the same electives as our world-leading Full-time MBA, and allows flexibility to work around your existing career.
Year 1: Core General Management Programme
The Modular Executive MBA is broken into two halves taught over the first and second years. The first year encompasses the Core General Management Programme which provides you with the fundamental knowledge of business and management.
During the second year, MEMBA students will select Elective modules and undertake a Business Mastery Project. Electives include:
Students are required to take a minimum of seven electives; the wide variety of topics covered allows you to specialise in a variety of topics and tailor your Modular Executive MBA experience in London for your future career aspirations.
Throughout the year there will be timetabled Professional Development sessions running throughout the year, and also MBA Networking Events.
Dedicated to your success
At the Career and Professional Development Centre our aim is to offer training and guidance in employability skills enabling you to make the most of your EMBA.
We will help you to assess, prepare and implement your strategy to achieve your individual career objectives. Once you have identified your underlying interests and values using our specialist tools, you can tailor your programme with our fully-interactive, practical workshops to power your career forward.
From the start of term you will work with the Careers Team who will be available to support you throughout your time at Cass. In particular, they will help you focus on your job search strategy as well as providing you with expert CV, interview and networking advice.
Industry specialists and career coaches are also available to help build a clear picture of your career options.
Cass Careers Online
Cass Careers Online is your first port of call to book your place on our events, advice seminars, professional development workshops, company presentations and for one-to-one support. Stay up-to-date with job and business project vacancies and access a range of online resources such as our CV guidance, career advice videos and a company directory.
CCO enables you to:
* View and book upcoming careers events and professional development workshops
* Apply for jobs, projects and work placements and keep track of your applications
* View company profiles and information
Professional Development Workshops
These workshops are an important part of your EMBA programme and supplement your core and elective modules with a range of soft skills. Alongside the compulsory workshops, you are advised to select from a range of additional workshops and seminars to fit your individual learning plan and strategy.
Our Graduate Destination Survey of last year's EMBA cohort shows that 79% of graduates were employed 3 months after leaving Cass.
Strengthen your employability and develop your commercial awareness in this new programme, designed to kick start the careers of recent graduates.
Structured to work around you, the programme is:
You’ll have the opportunity to link up with an employer, usually on an 8 to 12-week placement. This gives you an invaluable opportunity to build industry contacts, and apply the skills developed during your degree in a commercial setting.
If you need to enhance your professional experience, or have not yet decided on your future career path, this course will provide the tools and support you need to take the next step. You will benefit from an experienced team of career specialists, and will have access to the University's Career and Employability Service.
For all initial enquiries, please contact Aruna Bhardwaj:
This programme provides a bridge into the world of work for many graduates who are not quite ready to make the transition either due to their confidence levels, skills or having found it difficult to secure “graduate level” employment often due to a lack of work experience.