MA

Professional Practice in Career Guidance

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: City site
  • Starting: September 2016
  • Course duration: 18 months

Individuals delivering and managing career 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.

This course will provide you with a Masters level qualification in career guidance related to, and situated within professional practice. It is an opportunity for those who already hold a professional qualification in Career Guidance or equivalent to top up their qualification to Masters level.

What you'll study

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.

To enrol on the MA Professional Practice in Career Guidance course, you will need 120 credits acquired from the core modules listed below. Modules completed either at NTU or elsewhere will be considered.

Core modules

  • 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

To top-up your existing 120 credits to a Masters qualification you will need to complete an addition 60 credit points from the below modules.

  • Course modules

    Research Methods
    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 your pilot study in the form of a methodological report.

    Research Dissertation
    This module provides you with an opportunity to make an original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your chosen field of professional practice. You will be supported in your 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.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Build on learning from a previous academic course to top-up your Career guidance qualification to Masters level.

How you’re taught

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'll 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.

Careers and employability

On successful completion of the course you'll 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 will also provide you 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 your place of work, providing an ideal opportunity to undertake the research at a distance from the University.

Entry requirements

  • 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.

How to apply

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