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MA Career Management

Enhance your future in career guidance with study options to suit you.

This course, combining academic study and professional training, is for you if you want to enter the career guidance profession – in which you could work in a range of settings (e.g. careers service companies, youth guidance services, further education, higher education, adult guidance, the voluntary sector). The course can either be taken over one year of full-time study or two years part-time. You can choose between attending teaching in person or engaging through blended learning.

You can opt to study to Qualification in Career Guidance (QCG) level (120 HE Level 7 credits) or go on to complete the full MA.

The University and the Career Development Institute validate the QCG, which is widely recognised in the UK and overseas as the professional qualification for working in this sector, and provides sound basis for entry into all aspects of Careers work. The full MA provides both the professional and academic qualifications for a successful career in this sector.

A blend of academic study (lectures, seminars, e-learning and discussions) and professional application (placements, practical days in the University and role play) is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. The QCG programme meets all the learning outcomes laid down by the Career Development Institute and includes:

  • Developing Career Management Skills and Processes
  • Transforming Practice through Critical Reflection (or ‘Exploring Practice through Critical Reflection’ for those not registering for the QCG)
  • Exploring Theories of Career Management
  • Designing Career Learning and Development
  • Promoting Equality and Diversity
  • Engaging with Labour Markets

All modules are compulsory. For the full MA you'll also complete the Evaluation and Research Methods teaching and write a Dissertation.

Successful completion of this course provides you with the skills and knowledge to enter or continue within all sectors of the careers profession.

If you're interested in further pursuing your academic potential you'll be able to apply for a place on the doctoral programme (MPhil/PhD) at Canterbury Christ Church University.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 tuition fees for this course are:

Diploma (fee per stage)



MA stage (following Diploma)



Full MA (taken over 1 year)



Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund.  Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office .

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Through written work (essays, case studies, reports) and practical work (interviews, group work, presentations).

The programme is assessed at HE level 7 (the level of the final year of a degree programme). Students who do not already hold a first degree or a level 6 qualification (e.g. A Batchelor’s Degree), will be asked to provide evidence of their capability to study at this level. This will involve completing a piece of written work as part of the selection process.

Applicants meeting the entry requirements will be interviewed, and the University is looking for applicants who can meet the following selection criteria:

  • good oral and written communication skills
  • the ability to analyse and evaluate
  • adaptability
  • organisational skills

You'll also need to be able to demonstrate your commitment to the course, that you can take responsibility for your own learning, and that you are non-judgmental and able to show openness to new ideas. In addition, before registration students are asked to obtain an enhanced disclosure certificate from the DBS.

Applications for this course can be completed online.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Further information:

For more information you can also contact the Programme Director, Anne Chant.


Applicants for this programme will be contacted regarding an interview. The interview day includes a briefing session and an opportunity to raise questions.

Fact file


  • 1 calendar year full-time
    2 years and 3 months part-time
    Blended Learning option

Entry requirements

  • Students are asked to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and an Occupational Health declaration and verification.
  • See also Further Entry Requirements.



  • Not applicable


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