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Career Development and Coaching Studies (MA) (2021 Entry)

  • Course Code
  • Full-time: P-L561
  • Part-time: P-L561P
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 14-48 months
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

Join Warwick's Career Development and Coaching MA and boost your skills in supporting the career development of others. Warwick's Centre for Lifelong Learning will provide you with a thorough grounding in the skills and knowledge required for your career.

This MA provides a thorough grounding in the skills and knowledge required to support the career development of others 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) as meeting the qualification requirement for the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.

Core Modules

  • Career Development Theories
  • Career Coaching and Counselling
  • Research in Professional Practice

Optional Modules

There are two possibles routes:

  • Route A: choose 3 optional modules and a 60-credit dissertation.
  • Route B: choose 1 optional module and a 100-credit dissertation.

Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:

  • Career-related Learning
  • Organisations and Labour Markets
  • Career, Work Experience and Employability
  • Career, Vocation and Calling


The core and optional modules are taught through a blend of workshops and virtual learning. Each module typically consists of 2 days of intensive, attendance-based workshops combined with independent learning using on-line study materials, links to key readings and online webinars. For the dissertation, you will be allocated a dissertation supervisor to support your work one to one. The workshop and supervision are 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 career development and coaching can be pursued.

Contact Hours

Each module typically consists of 2 days of intensive, attendance-based workshops combined with some independent learning using on-line study materials, links to key readings, online webinars and tutorial support.

Class Sizes

Vary between 20-40 students dependent on the module.


Modules are assessed through a combination of assignments (5,000 word projects) and case studies. Dissertation A (60 credits) consists of a 15,000 word dissertation (100%). Dissertation B (100 credits) consists of a more in-depth 25,000 word dissertation (100%). Typically, the dissertation is focused on a topic of your choice and includes an initial literature review, research questions, methodology and findings.

Minimum requirements 2:ii in any discipline. This course is designed for applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including individuals who are currently involved in career development and coaching support, individuals who wish to work in these areas and/or those who are interested in studying for personal interest. If you have alternative qualifications and relevant experience, you are welcome to discuss these with the course team. You must be able to produce written work of a good standard.

English language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Additional Course Cost

This course may have additional course costs.

Our graduates occupy a range of relevant career development roles in the private and public sectors. Former students have gone on to publish and disseminate their work in a range of academic and professional contexts. PhD opportunities are available at Warwick within the Centre for Lifelong Learning and the Warwick Institute for Employment Research.

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