This course provides a Master's level qualification in careers guidance related to, and situated within professional practice. Individuals delivering and managing careers guidance need the skills to lead their professions in an ever changing environment, and to meet the challenges of professional service delivery in the context of shrinking public sector funding and the development of new ways of working.
The MA Professional Practice in Career Guidance will allow you to build on learning from a previous academic programme and consolidate existing knowledge from practice. The pathway will provide a route for you to progress from your Master's in Professional Practice to a Professorial Doctorate, or a PhD.
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To receive the MA Professional Practice (Careers Guidance), you will need 180 credits acquired from the core modules listed below. Credits can be acquired by Accreditation of Prior Learning for which purpose courses or modules completed either at NTU or elsewhere will be considered.
- One-to-One Interactions and Allied Theoretical Concepts
- Ethics, Values and Reflective Practice
- Labour Market Information
- One-to-One Career Guidance Interactions and Allied Theoretical Concepts
- Partnership Working and Evidence Based Practice
- Curriculum Design, Group Work and Presentations
- Research Methods
- Research Dissertation or Service Evaluation Project
This module is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to undertake critical and ethical research in your chosen field of professional practice. The module places an emphasis on practitioner-based research (a key feature being researcher reflexivity in relation to values and ethical issues). In preparation for the research dissertation, you will design a small-scale piece of social research and implement this in the form of a pilot study. You will present the design and implementation of their pilot study in the form of a methodological report.
This module provides you with an opportunity to make an original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your chosen field of professional practice. All students will be supported in their research by an individual supervisor.
Service Evaluation Project
This module will enable you to undertake an applied project relating to an evaluation of service delivery reflecting real world concerns of professional organisations.
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Study and support
The teaching on the pathway will be delivered through a blend of methods both direct and non-direct and will include formal lectures, debates, workshops, case studies, problem-based learning scenarios, small group activities and tutorials and projects.
You will use eLearning to engage in a variety of approaches including the use of discussion boards, group tasks, online media, electronic library resources and quizzes.
You will be assessed through a series of written assignments.
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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
You'll also have easy access to a great combination of facilities that include:
- the £13 million Boots Library that has a wide range of both print and online resources, as well as 24-7 IT facilities, group and individual study spaces
- the redeveloped Newton and Arkwright buildings which will provide you with an inspiring place to learn
- our virtual learning environment (NOW) which allows you to learn online at any time
- 3,000 student open access PC's and 300 secure wireless access points
- a new City site Students' Union building which opened in late 2013 giving you an exceptional array of social, leisure and well-being facilities
Graduates will be well placed to progress to a professional doctorate PhD programme to build upon the intellectual curiosity and technical skills that the MA will have fostered. The course provides its graduates with personal transferable skills, such as critical thinking, autonomy, originality in the application of knowledge, sound judgement, and the ability to communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and to contribute to evidence-based practice.
It is anticipated that any research will focus on the student's place of work, providing an ideal opportunity to undertake the research at a distance from the University.
- You will need a Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance or an equivalent qualification.
- Students will be required to demonstrate in their personal statement that they have access to a placement or workplace within which they can conduct their research or project, and that this service provider has agreed for such activities to take place.
English language entry requirements
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