About the MA Professional Practice in Career Guidance course
This course provides the opportunity for you to advance your knowledge and contribution to the development of professional practice, by critically engaging in contemporary research within the profession.
The MA Professional Practice provides a route for those who already hold a Professional qualification in Career Guidance to acquire the 60 credit points at M-level to qualify for a Master's degree.
Why choose the MA Professional Practice in Career Guidance?
The course provides an understanding of research methodology, the interpretation of research evidence and the use of evidence in determining best practice.
An ideal opportunity for continuous professional development, updating professional practice inline with current theory, studying at a pace set by you.
Students can disseminate their findings through publication in peer reviewed journals and participation in research conferences.
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MA Professional Practice in Career Guidance course content
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. It is expected that this material will be incorporated into the your research dissertation should you opt to proceed to the Research Dissertation module. If you opt to undertake the Service Evaluation you will need to show how the pilot study has informed the service development initiative.
This module will enable you to undertake an extended piece of research that builds on your pilot project completed in the Research Methods module. The 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 Development Evaluation Plan
An alternative to the Dissertation is the Service Development Evaluation Plan, this module will enable you to undertake an applied project relating to an evaluation of service delivery reflecting real world concerns of professional organisations. The module provides you with an opportunity to make an original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your chosen field of professional practice.
Study and support
The teaching methods will offer a blend of direct contact at study days and independent study supported by electronic resources and a supervisor.
The programme will consist of five one-day study days, the first three will run over three consecutive weeks and will be related to the first module Research Methods. Students will then have a gap between the next two study days to allow them to complete their assignments. All study days are complemented by e learning.
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This is 100% coursework (including methodological reports, dissertations, projects and a business plan).
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
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.
- One academic or vocational reference is required.
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