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MA Career Management

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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 sector 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). 

At our Medway Campus
The course can either be studied over one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. 
In Medway teaching is one full day per week for full time students. Part-time students will study one full day every other week. You can choose between attending teaching in person or engaging through blended learning.  The course begins in September each year.

At our London Venue
The course can be studied one day per week full time, and one day every other week part time. Teaching is from 1-7pm in London and in addition students have access to our counselling suite in Medway for six days each year for the assessment of practical skills. The course will only run at London if there is a viable cohort.

Qualification on Career Development (QCD)
The University and the Career Development Institute validate the QCD, which is widely recognised in the UK and overseas as the professional qualification for working in this sector, and provides a sound and comprehensive 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.

This course is for anyone who would like to work within the careers sector and who would like to become fully qualified to do so.

 Applicants do not need previous experience although any experience working in a supporting capacity with adults or young people will be helpful.

The course is assessed at higher education level 7. Students who do not already hold a first degree or a level 6 qualification 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 will 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 and an Occupational Health Check.

The Qualification and Career Development course 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 QCD)
  • Exploring Theories of Career Management
  • Designing Career Learning and Development
  • Promoting Equality and Diversity
  • Engaging with Labour Markets.

All modules are compulsory. You will 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 are interested in further pursuing your academic potential you will be able to apply for a place on the doctoral programme (MPhil/PhD) at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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. Throughout the year there is engagement with theoretical aspects of careers work and also ongoing development of practical skills including individual guidance, coaching and counselling and also working with groups. The purpose built counselling suite is available for all students. 

All academic staff are published authors in the field and research active. All either have or are in the process of working towards a doctorate. 

All modules are assessed through written work and there are also practical assessments (interviews, group work, presentations) to be completed. 

In order to achieve the full MA a dissertation of 18,000 words is required for which students are allocated individual


2018/19 tuition fees for this course

Full-time £6,210 £12,000
Part-time £3,105 N/A

Government loans of up to £10,690 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948

Read more about postgraduate masters student loans.

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

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

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 course will be contacted regarding an interview. The interview day includes a briefing session and an opportunity to raise questions.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


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


  • September 2018

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree is preferred but not essential.



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