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Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education


The MA enables the you to make a distinctive contribution to higher education careers work through independent research. It is approved by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and designed and taught in partnership with this professional body. It is also approved by the Career Development Institute (CDI) as meeting the qualification requirement for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.

Starts October and April
Qualification MA
Programme code P-L550
Credits Up to 180 at Level 7 in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
Venue Conference Centre, The University of Warwick
Entry requirements The University's standard entrance requirement is an undergraduate degree graded at 2:2 or above*. The course is designed for applicants who are working in a higher education careers environment and able to produce written work of a good standard.
Length Up to 4.5 years
Contact Please use our Contact page to send us an enquiry

Areas of study

There are two pathways available within the MA in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education: Route A and Route B. It is not necessary to finalise preferred route at the time of application as this can be confirmed later. Both pathways enable direct entry to the MA.

Route A

Route A includes the 3 x core 20 credit modules (including the Research Project module), a choice of 3 x 20 credit optional modules from the table below and a 60 credit module completed via a 15,000 word Dissertation (A). All participants start with the core modules: Career Development Theories and the next available Challenges of Careers Work in Higher Education module. These modules run twice a year (key dates) and further details are available in AGCAS events calendar).

Route B

Route B includes the 3 x core 20 credit modules detailed below (including the Research Project module), a choice of 1 x 20 credit module, and a 100 credit module completed via a 25,000 word Dissertation (B). This route is particularly suitable if you have a relevant prior qualification and experience.

Support and supervision

There is significant support available through the extended course team consisting of Phil McCash (Warwick), Gill Frigerio (Warwick), Sharon West (Warwick), Linda Byrne (AGCAS), Jan Cornish (AGCAS) and a large group of highly experienced AGCAS Trainers and Mentors. Dissertation students are allocated a dissertation supervisor. Supervision is provided to assist you with undertaking an initial literature review, constructing research questions and designing a methodology. There is considerable experience available within the course team and most topics connected with higher education careers work can be pursued.

Overseas applicants

Part-time international and EU applicants are welcomed. We have received successful applications from a range of countries including the UK, Ireland, Norway, France, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, USA, China and Australia. Full-time applicants are advised to consider our MA Career Development and Coaching Studies (PL 561).

Alternative qualifications and experience

*If you have alternative qualifications and relevant experience, you are welcome to discuss these with the Course Leader (Phil McCash).

HECSU Bursary

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) provides the HECSU Training Bursary Scheme to support participants on this joint AGCAS and University of Warwick course.


Former students have gone on to publish and disseminate their work in a range of academic and professional contexts. Our graduates occupy a range of roles in higher education careers work including management, education and career coaching. PhD opportunities are available at Warwick within the Centre for Lifelong Learning and the Warwick Institute for Employment Research.

Further module information

Modules linked to an additional AGCAS course are shown below. AGCAS courses are run by AGCAS and separately charged. More detailed module information is available by clicking on the relevant module title e.g. aims, learning outcomes, assessment and name of the linked AGCAS course in the AGCAS events calendar if relevant. Note that, for publicity purposes, the Career Development Theories and Research Project workshops are advertised in the AGCAS calendar but are not run by AGCAS and do not carry a separate charge. The AGCAS qualification page provides general information and the AGCAS events page provides latest detailed information on workshops and AGCAS courses including dates and costs.

Core modules

Modules available for 2015-16 and 2016-17

Module code Module title AGCAS course? Credits Level
CE 951 Career Development Theories No 20 7
CE 946 Challenges of Careers Work in Higher Education Yes 20 7
CE 956 Research Project No 20 7
CE 941 Dissertation A OR No 60 7
CE 942 Dissertation B No 100 7

Further optional modules

Module code Module title AGCAS course?
Credits Level
CE 930

Employability and Career Development Learning

Yes 20 7
CE 931

Group Work

Yes 20 7
CE 932

Guidance Skills (Advanced)

Yes 20 7
CE 933

Marketing the Service

No 20 7
CE 934

Employer Engagement and Labour Markets

No 20 7
CE 935

Management of Higher Education Career and Employability Services

Yes 20 7
CE 936

Training and Coaching

Yes 20 7
CE 938

Career Information

Yes 20 7
CE 939

Psychometric Assessment

Yes 20 7
CE 968

Work Experience in Higher Education

Yes 20 7
CE 993

Career Coaching (Information, Advice and Guidance)

Yes 20 7