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Career Education, Information and Guidance in HE (MA) (2021 Entry)

  • Course Code
  • P-L550
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Part-time: 4 1/2 years
  • (See entry requirements for more information)
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

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 and practices, issues, ethics, and models surrounding higher education career and employabiltys work. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the theories and practices, issues, ethics, and models surrounding higher education career and employabilty work.

This MA covers all aspects of higher education career and employability work. 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.

Core Modules

  • Career Development Theories
  • Challenges of Careers Work in Higher Education
  • Research in Professional Practice
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

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

  • Technology, E-learning and the Web
  • Employability and Career Development Learning
  • Guidance Skills (Advanced)
  • Employer Engagement and Labour Markets
  • Psychometric Assessment
  • Work Experience in Higher Education
  • Career Coaching (Information, Advice and Guidance)
  • Marketing the Service
  • Group Work
  • Management of Higher Education Career and Employability Services


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 experienced career development professionals. The distance-learning elements are taught via a virtual learning environment and include use of multimedia materials and forums. Everyone on the MA, PG Diploma and PG Certificate starts with the core modules, firstly in Career Development Theories and then Challenges of Careers Work in Higher Education. These modules run twice a year.

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 attendance-based or residential workshops. The precise blend varies according to each module and is explained in the relevant module section.

Class Sizes

Vary between 5-40 students dependent on the module.


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

Minimum requirements 2:ii 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.

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

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

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 Costs

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.

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.