Careers Education and Coaching at University of Derby - UCAS

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Course summary

  • 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.


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.

Assessment method

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.

Entry requirements

You will typically be expected to hold an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification. Those meeting the academic requirements will be invited for an interview. 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 prove you are proficient in English – IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7850* Whole course
Northern Ireland £7850* Whole course
Scotland £7850* Whole course
Wales £7850* Whole course
EU £14900* Whole course
International £14900* Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Careers Education and Coaching at University of Derby - UCAS