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Career Development and Coaching Studies

The MA provides a thorough grounding in the skills and knowledge required for the support of career development in a range of contexts. We will enable you to make a distinctive contribution to the field of career development and coaching studies through taught modules and independent research. The MA is 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 Professionals.


There are two pathways available for both full and part-time students within the MA in Career Development and Coaching Studies: 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.

Route A

Route A consists of 6 x 20 credit modules and a 60 credit Dissertation module (15,000 words). It provides a full training for working as a career development professional.

Route B

Route B consists of 3 x 20 credit modules, a 100 credit Dissertation module (25,000 words) and 1 x 20 credit module from the list of Route B options below. It is designed for individuals with some experience of career development support or those wishing to pursue independent research in the field of career development and coaching studies.

This video was filmed in July 2019.

Apply here - PT - October 2022

Applications closed for full-time 2022

Key facts

Level: postgraduate (Level 7)

Length: 12 months (Full-time)
48 months (Part-time)

Venue: main campus/distance learning

Success stories

"I was at a crossroads as to what kind of career I wanted, but I knew it was working directly with vulnerable individuals and supporting them to take positive steps forward."

Shaheen, MA Graduate 2017