- 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.
This course places you at the forefront of latest thinking in careers education and coaching. You will gain vital research skills and undertake your own work-based research project on a theme of your choice.
To support this project, you will benefit from exciting opportunities to be associated with our International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) and to work alongside high-profile researchers who are breaking new ground in the discipline of career development.
Established in 1988, iCeGS conducts research, provides consultancy to the career sector, and delivers accredited learning programmes up to and including doctoral level. It has built an international reputation, with expert staff recognised as thought leaders and influencers in the field of career development and employability.
Along with access to these experts who will teach you throughout the programme, you can take full advantage of the iCeGS library and archive of career literature and research. You can also take part in extra-curricular activities such as the iCeGS annual lecture, research seminars and workshops to broaden your knowledge and your professional networks.
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.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
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
Our programme is taught on a Saturday between the hours of 10.00 until 4.00 as well as providing opportunities to learn through webinars, skype or telephone tutorials, and online activities. You can expect to attend for 12 Saturdays during the first semester and for 10 Saturdays in the second semester. This is a requirement for both part time and full time versions of the programme.
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.
You will typically be expected to hold an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification. All applicants will be invited for interview unless they have neither sufficient qualification nor relevant experience. As the course includes mandatory placements you will be expected to have a DBS check. Those failing to meet the requirements of the DBS check will not be eligible for the programme. If you do not hold traditional entry qualifications, your suitability will be assessed by reviewing your academic achievement, professional or occupational experience, level of operation and personal qualities.
If English is not your first language, you will need to have passed the International English Language Teaching System (IELTS) at the overall level IELTS 6.5, including a minimum score of 5.5 in each test category. The test must be taken within the last two years leading up to the course start date and must still be valid when a visa is issued.
2023/24 Fees (August 2023 - July 2024)
£7,850 for the full course or £875 per 20 credits*
£875 per 20 credits
£14,900 for the full course
Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.
* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable
Additional costs and optional extras
About postgraduate awards
Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Funding your studies
Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.
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Alumni discount for Derby graduates
We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.
Find out about the Alumni discount
Our MA Careers Education and Coaching provides a solid preparation for anyone wishing to progress to a role such as careers adviser in schools, colleges, universities and local authorities or a careers leader in schools and colleges of further education. The skills you develop will also be invaluable for roles in private and sector based organisations offering career guidance and development activities in community and work-based settings. Examples include human resource development and talent management. Our graduates have also been recruited to roles such as Enterprise adviser, widening participation practitioners and researchers.
Studying this subject as an academic discipline will naturally lead you to develop your own career management skills, including building professional and supportive networks. A distinctive feature of this masters is the breadth of opportunities we offer for you to achieve this.
You will gain practical experience within workplace settings through the variety of placement activities you undertake on the course. In addition, our International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) has an extensive network of Associates who meet regularly. You are encouraged to attend these meetings to enhance your professional networks and raise your profile within the sector.
Throughout the course, we also enable you to research jobs and opportunities within the career development sector as well as across other industrial sectors. You will become skilled in approaching employers and presenting information about yourself, using a variety of media to improve your employability.
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Additional information about your studies
Download programme specification
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.
The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.
Included in your fees
- Membership of the CDI (Career Development Institute)
- Student portfolio assessment for accreditation by CDI
- Initial DBS check
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Printing and binding of Independent Study dissertation (2 copies) for assessment
- Replacement DBS check if lost, approx. cost £50
- Travel expenses to placements
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.