The Centre is committed to providing dynamic and innovative solutions to support organisations and individuals to develop. We provide consultancy to government agencies, public and private organisations to identify strategic and workforce development needs. 

All programmes are delivered by highly experienced iCeGS staff and Associates and can be delivered on site. For further information contact Nicki Moore on 01332 591578 or email

We construct training needs analysis, bespoke training and accredited work related learning programmes that focus on meeting organisations and practitioners professional practice needs. Our more formalised learning opportunities include:


This course leads to professional qualification through the Qualification in Career Development (QCD), which is awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI).

This broad programme is rooted in practice and integrates various approaches to providing career support (including career guidance, career coaching and career education).  You will be taught by staff from the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), a world leading centre for the study of career development.  This provides you with a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from recognised thought leaders and influencers in the field.

This flexible course will suit individuals working or wishing to work in a variety of settings within the sector, including education, the community and the workplace.  You will explore theories, policies and practices of career education, guidance and coaching, and the framework for professional practice.

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.

Where you will Study: University of Derby, Derby Campus at Kedleston Road.

Duration: One year full-time, Two years part-time.

Start Date: January and September

Tuition Fees: UK/EU students, £632 per module.  International students:  please check University of Derby website for the latest information.

For further information, please contact: Nicki Moore on 01332 591703, email: 

Doctoral students will be supervised by two members of Centre staff and supported to pursue their research interests and contribute to the evidence base around career and career development. The programmes are open to national and international students with relevant qualifications and experience.

Recently completed doctorates in the Centre have focused on the evidence base in careers work and on mentoring disadvantaged young people. The Centre is current supervising projects around youth transitions in working class communities, and continuing professional development in the careers profession. We are able to supervise a wide range of topics around the areas of career and career development. Please get in touch to discuss your research ideas.

The Centre offers a number of different routes to study at doctoral level. The main routes of study are:

  • EdD (Doctor of Practice).
  • New Route PhD
  • PhD

To discuss which route would be appropriate for you telephone 01332 591268 and ask to speak to Tristram Hooley or email

You can also find out more about doctoral programmes of study on the University of Derby's Research website.

All iCeGS training utilises research undertaken by the Centre providing participants with skills and knowledge that is on the leading edge of practice. The training packages have been constructed allowing content and materials be customised and delivered in house meeting the specific needs of the commissioning organisation. Current training and support packages include:

  • Advanced Interview Skills - a three days training package supporting experienced practitioners to review, refresh and enhance their guidance skills;
  • Interview Skills for Advisers - a two day programme providing an introduction to guidance for information and advice workers;
  • Introducing Guidance - a one day training course aimed at managers and those interesting in learning about guidance which develops an understanding of the guidance process and how it supports individual progression;
  • Effective Advice and Guidance by Telephone - a one day workshop to introduce and support practitioners in the delivery of quality provision using the telephone;
  • Theory for Effective Careers Guidance - a one day workshop supporting advice and guidance practitioners in developing a better understating of career theory and how it supports practice; and
  • Using social media for careers work - this one day introductory training course provides a basic overview of what is meant by social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and provides a series of ideas and examples of how these technologies can be used in careers work. The course is hands on and participants will need to be able to access a computer throughout the day.

We have also worked in more strategic ways with organisations, work in this area includes: a strategic organisational development for university careers services in China and Malaysia, staff development and service development in the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka and we have a long standing relationship with Manchester Solutions providing bespoke training to their staff.