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Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education (MA)

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Explore our Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE, taught Master's degree.

The MA in Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education enables you to make a distinctive contribution to higher education career and employability work through taught modules and independent research. The course is taught via collaboration between Warwick’s Centre for Lifelong Learning and AGCAS. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the theories, practices, issues, ethics, and models surrounding higher education career and employability work.


Course overview

This MA covers all aspects of higher education career and employability work. It is developed in conjunction with the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)Link opens in a new window and taught in partnership with them. It is also approved by the Career Development Institute (CDI)Link opens in a new window as meeting the qualification requirement for the UK Register of Career Development ProfessionalsLink opens in a new window.

Flexible approach

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 your 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 in Professional Practice 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 (See Modules and Key Dates page) 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 in Professional Practice module), a choice of 1 x 20 credit optional module, and a 100 credit core module completed via a 25,000 word Dissertation (B). This route is particularly suitable if you have a relevant prior qualification and experience.

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Accreditation
 CDI accredited
Our partner

Programme run in conjunction with AGCAS.

AGCAS accredited

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

2:2 in any discipline.

If you have alternative qualifications and relevant experience, you are welcome to discuss these with the course team. You must be working in a higher education career and employability development context.

Duration

The course lasts up to 4.5 years and you are able to complete earlier if your circumstances allow.


English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:

  • Band A
  • IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements pageLink opens in a new window.


Additional requirements

You must be able to produce written work to a good level. There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

If you have alternative qualifications and relevant experience, you are welcome to discuss these with the course leader Dr Tania LydenLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window.

Core modules

Some modules are linked to an additional AGCAS course--they are shown below. The AGCAS/Warwick Qualification page provides general information, whereas you can find more detailed module information including dates, costs, aims, learning outcomes and assessments on the AGCAS Training and Conferences pages. Please note that:

  • AGCAS courses are run by AGCAS and separately charged.
  • For publicity purposes, the Career Development Theories, Employer Engagement and Labour Markets, Marketing the Service and Research in Professional Practice workshops are advertised in the AGCAS calendar but are not run by AGCAS and do not carry a separate charge.

Please note all dates are provisional and will be confirmed later in the timetabling process once you are enrolled on the course.

For 2023/24 entry, please see 2023 CEIGHE key dates.

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

Optional modules

Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:

Module code Module title AGCAS course?
Credits
CE 930

Employability and Career Development Learning

Yes 20
CE 931

Group Work

Yes 20
CE 932

Guidance Skills (Advanced)

Yes 20
CE 933

Marketing the Service

No 20
CE 934

Employer Engagement and Labour Markets

No 20
CE 935

Management of Higher Education Career and Employability Services

Yes 20
CE 938

Technology based Career Learning and Provision

Yes 20
CE 9C3

Recruitment Practices and Talent Management: Bridging the Gap

Yes 20
CE 968

Work-related Learning in Higher Education

Yes 20
CE 993

Career Coaching (Information, Advice and Guidance)

Yes

20

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Teaching

There are two intakes each year at the start of April and October. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply three months before each intake.

Each module is taught via a blend of contact time and distance learning with the precise blend varying according to each module. You will be taught by experienced AGCAS Trainers for at least two modules.

The workshops are highly interactive and led by either Warwick teaching staff or experienced career development professionals.

The distance-learning materials are delivered via a virtual learning environment.


Class sizes

Vary between 5-40 students dependent on the module.


Typical contact hours

Each module typically consists of independent learning using on-line study materials, links to key readings, online webinars, and tutorial support. Most modules also include workshops of which a small number may be run in-person. The precise blend varies according to each module and is explained in the relevant module section. There is no need to purchase core reading materials.


Assessment

The course is generally assessed through work-based projects depending on the module choices each student makes.

Support for research

You will attend a Research in Professional Practice workshop (see Modules & Key Dates) and be allocated a dissertation supervisor. The workshop and supervision are provided to assist participants 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 career development and coaching can be pursued.


Your timetable

Your personalised timetable will be accessible when you register for each module and you will be allocated to any relevant Warwick small group classes. We will facilitate your registration for the core modules and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us. 

Your career

Our graduates occupy a range of relevant career development roles in Higher Education and many rise within the sector as they progress through and achieve the CEIGHE qualification. Former students have gone on to publish and disseminate their work in a range of academic and professional contexts and secured prizes for this. PhD opportunities are available at Warwick within the Centre for Lifelong LearningLink opens in a new window and the Warwick Institute for Employment ResearchLink opens in a new window. 

Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL)

For more than 30 years, the Centre for Lifelong Learning has been a centre of expertise in the education of lifelong learners in different contexts. It has a focus on enabling adult learners to achieve their personal and professional goals by accessing a Warwick education, irrespective of background.

Our departmental research strategy focuses on four interconnected themes: concepts of lifelong learning; people-focused professions; wellbeing and identity; participation and collaboration. We seek to enthuse staff, students, and the wider community with this vision. More information is available on our website.

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees are normally payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. However, this course is part of the Centre for Lifelong Learning department which follows a non-standard fee structure. Full fee details are listed via the 'Find your course fees' button below.

Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

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Fee Status Guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students will be classified as Home or Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

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Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad.

For departmental specific costs, please see the Modules tab on the course web page for the list of core and optional core modules with hyperlinks to our Module Catalogue (please visit the Department’s website if the Module Catalogue hyperlinks are not provided).

Associated costs can be found on the Study tab for each module listed in the Module Catalogue (please note most of the module content applies to 2022/23 year of study). Information about module department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and financial support

Find out about the different funding routes available, including; postgraduate loans, scholarships, fee awards and academic department bursaries.

Living costs

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How to apply

The application process for courses that start in September and October 2024 will open on 2 October 2023.

Applications will close on 2 August 2024 for students who require a visa to study in the UK, to allow time to receive a CAS and complete the visa application process.

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