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Course overview


The course consists of six 20 credit modules: two core and four optional. Each module is taught via a blend of contact time and distance learning. The blend varies according to each module (see module table).

The course involves both independent study, tutorials and group teaching. Its flexible nature means that you can plot an individual track through the course and use the virtual and physical learning environments to make contact with others. Everyone will 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 (further details in AGCAS events calendar).

Two annual start dates

There are two intakes each year at the start of April and October for this part-time course. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply three months before each intake.


Support and supervision


There is significant individual support available through the extended course team consisting of Dr Phil McCash, Gill Frigerio, Ian Day, Dr John Gough (all Warwick staff) and the AGCAS Learning Team.


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.

Applicants must have, or be expected to achieve, an English language test certificate that meets our Band A English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with no component score below 6.0 (or equivalent). Please see the following webpage to find out if you are except from this entry requirement: 

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).




Former students now occupy a range of roles in higher education careers work including management, education and career coaching. Many students progress from the PG Diploma CEIGHE to the MA CEIGHE.


Support for research


You will attend a Research in Professional Practice workshop (see dates) and are 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.




How to apply


Applications are open for part-time starting in April 2022. Apply here.


Funding and bursaries


Further module information


Modules linked to an additional AGCAS course are shown below. AGCAS courses are run by AGCAS and separately charged. 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. Note that, for publicity purposes, the Career Development Theories 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.

Core modules

Modules available in 2020/21

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

Further optional modules

Module code Module title AGCAS course?
Credits Level
CE 993

Career Coaching (Information, Advice and Guidance)

Y 20 7
CE 930

Employability and Career Development Learning

Y 20 7
CE 938

Technology-based Career Learning and Provision

Y 20 7
CE 931

Group Work

Y 20 7
CE 934

Employer Engagement and Labour Markets

N 20 7
CE 932

Guidance Skills (Advanced)

Y 20 7
CE 935

Management of Higher Education Career and Employability Services

Y 20 7

Marketing the Service

N 20 7

Psychometric Assessment

Y 20 7
CE 956

Research in Professional Project (core for MA)

N 20 7
CE 968

Work-related Learning in Higher Education

Y 20 7