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Career Development and Coaching Studies (MA)

Course Description

This MA meets international and national quality benchmarks and is suitable for you if you have either a personal or professional interest in career development/coaching. We offer the MA full-time, or you can choose to complete the programme part-time at different levels.

You’ll be encouraged to directly connect your learning to your personal and continuing professional development. Each module on the course is taught through a mix of workshopbased (usually two days) and distance learning. You can choose from two to six workshops a year, depending on your preferred study route.

While our academic admissions criteria ask for a 2:ii undergraduate degree, we would welcome and encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications or experience. The skills you develop on the course will support current or future employment in career coaching and talent management, among other vocational roles.

Areas of Study

There are two pathways available for both full and part-time students within the MA in Career Development and Coaching Studies: Route A and Route B. It is not necessary to finalise preferred route at the time of application as this can be confirmed later.

Route A
Route A consists of 6 x 20 credit modules and a 60 credit Dissertation module (15,000 words). It provides a full training for working as a career development professional.

Route B
Route B consists of 3 x 20 credit modules, a 100 credit Dissertation module (25,000 words) and 1 x 20 credit module from the list of Route B options below. It is designed for individuals with some experience of career development support or those wishing to pursue independent research in the field of career development and coaching studies.

Visit the Career Development and Coaching Studies (MA) page on the University of Warwick website for more details!

(Student Profile)


2526.png MA in Career Development and Coaching Studies, Centre for Lifelong Learning, The University of Warwick

"Being a mid-career counselling professional in India with a loyal base of students I had guided in the past, I wanted to augment my understanding of this field. I researched the MA CDCS and its detailed curriculum. The international flavour and class leading theory promised to give me a fresh perspective in this field. Besides, The University of Warwick has an international reputation for academic excellence. I touched based with Phil McCash and was overwhelmed by his friendly approach and the patient way in which he apprised me about the course structure and explained the full scope of the programme.

I have attended two modules and greatly benefited from the interactive workshops as well as the interesting assignments. The curriculum provides a 360 degree approach to counselling. It helps you to draw out both the conscious and subconscious driving factors which propel your client’s career. Its enquiry-based rather than prescriptive approach puts students at ease. I received this feedback during some of the preliminary counselling sessions I have undertaken both as part of my course as well as with real time clients. The flexible format and focus on practice supported by theory are certainly the key highlights of the programme. Though I am more of an executive student at Warwick, the international friendly environment and supportive staff makes it a privilege to be part of this course."

(Student Profile)


2528.jpg MA in Career Development and Coaching Studies, Centre for Lifelong Learning, The University of Warwick

"Having worked in talent acquisition roles for much of the past 10 years, I was keen to deepen my knowledge of coaching, particularly in a career development capacity. The MA in Career Development and Coaching provided a blended approach of face-to-face and distance learning which fitted in with my employment and the focus of the course combines theoretical and academic approaches with practical implementation.

I intend to offer private career consulting services upon my graduation so Warwick’s excellent reputation and status in the business community was also appealing to me. The quality of teaching and course structure has been outstanding and the broad range of experience and knowledge of my classmates has been invaluable."


Entry Requirements

2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in any subject. English Language - IELTS 6.5, Band A.

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