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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

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  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    17 September 2018

Course content

  • Learn how to design and deliver effective career guidance to make a genuine difference to people’s lives
  • Gain your masters degree alongside a high-quality, nationally recognised professional award, the Qualification in Career Development
  • Achieve high professional standards: this programme is run in association with the Career Development Institute
  • Hone your practical skills and gain fresh perspectives on relevant work-based placements
  • Conduct your own research project on a theme which matches your professional interests and ambitions
  • Draw on the expertise of our International Centre for Guidance Studies, a world-leading centre which is helping shape the future of the career development profession
  • Learn from an enthusiastic and experienced team of staff who are recognised as thought leaders and influencers in this field
  • Enjoy maximum flexibility: take this programme on a full-time or part-time basis so that you can fit your studies around your other commitments

Our MA Careers Education and Coaching provides an ideal stepping stone for anyone seeking to enter the career development profession. It should be especially valuable for recent graduates who have studied subjects such as Education, Sociology, Psychology and Social Work and for individuals who are already employed in a variety of relevant roles and settings.

Combine your masters with a professional qualification

This course brings together a highly regarded masters qualification and initial professional training in career guidance. If you are studying on a full-time basis, it means you can achieve both in just one year.

Your studies will incorporate the Qualification in Career Development (QCD) which is awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI) and is the premier route to achieving registered career professional status.

Throughout the course, we will assist you to collate evidence into a portfolio which will be used by CDI moderators to review your achievements against the required standards for professional practice.

Our staff will support you through this process and coach you to develop your own practice. They are on the CDI register of practitioners, so fully qualified to help you work towards this award.

Broaden your knowledge and experience

This is a broad-based course rooted in practice and integrating various approaches to providing career support, including career guidance, career coaching and career education.

Your studies will be aligned with contemporary thinking about the skills base needed by today’s careers professionals. You will explore the way the language of career education and coaching is used and focus on how to harness technology to deliver career development interventions.

Gain practical skills on placement

We use the workplace as both a context and a resource for your learning. The CDI requires candidates to undertake 20 days of relevant work-based placements and a further ten days of related work-based learning, including activities such as attending career fairs and going on visits to employers.

If you are already in relevant employment, you can use activities within your own workplace to help you fulfil the CDI requirements. However, we encourage all our students to explore a range of delivery contexts in different settings. Our team will support you to locate and secure suitable opportunities for your work placements.

Thanks to our extensive networks of career development providers locally, nationally and internationally, we can give you access to workplaces as diverse as schools, colleges, universities, research centres, large employers and sector bodies. This will give you insights into the broad range of roles undertaken by career development practitioners, including human resource management and talent management.

Flexibility and convenience

We have designed this course to help you balance your studies with your other commitments. This is especially important if you are in employment and working towards your masters on a part-time basis.

The course is delivered in ways which ensure maximum flexibility, including a blended learning approach and face-to-face teaching which avoids term times and includes weekend lectures and workshops, plus block teaching during the school holidays.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Career Guidance/Coaching Theory, Policy and Practice
  • The Framework for Professional Practice
  • Developing Working Relationships with Clients
  • Using Career and Labour Market Information, Technology and Social Media to Support Career Development
  • Partnership Working
  • Research Methods for Developing the Researcher Practitioner
  • Independent Study

How you will learn

This course is delivered through a blended learning approach including programmes of online learning and face to face elements delivered through lectures and workshops. You will have opportunities to hear from leaders in the field of career development through a programme of guest lectures and networking opportunities with key stakeholders in the field of career development through a range of extra-curricular activities including:

  • CDI student conference (Easter)
  • iCeGS annual lecture (November)
  • East Midlands regional research symposium (January)
  • CDI regional events (termly)
  • iCeGS Associates events and meetings (termly)
  • University of Derby research Cafés

Learning technology is embedded throughout the programme as both a teaching and learning activity as well as to develop the skills required for professional practice.

How you're assessed

You will be assessed through a variety of methods that have been designed to ensure you can demonstrate a wide range of professional understanding, knowledge and skills. Assessment methods include research reports, assignment reports, professional resources and writing in a range of social spaces. If you wish to gain accreditation through the QCD, you will need to produce a portfolio of evidence to record achievement of the QCD learning outcomes.

Visit the Careers Education and Coaching (MA) page on the University of Derby website for more details!




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