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Career Guidance and Development MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Careers Advice Work

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for those seeking a professional qualification in Career Guidance. You’ll take the Qualification in Career Development (QCD) - the nationally recognised professional qualification awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI) - alongside the MA. You’ll learn about policy, practice and theories underpinning career guidance, equality and diversity, partnership working and research based practice.

This course is available on a one year full-time or two year part-time basis. Successful completion of the course results in the Career Development Institute approved career guidance professional qualification (the Qualification in Career Development or QCD). The course can lead to a wide variety of interesting and rewarding career prospects in career guidance companies, higher and further education careers and employability services, secondary education and third sector organisations. You can find out more via the CDI.

Students who do not wish to commit to the full MA may choose to study the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) which also leads to the award of the QCD.

Huddersfield has been teaching career guidance courses for over 40 years and has established a strong national reputation in the sector. You’ll also have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to excellent facilities and specialist equipment.

Different course options

Full time | University of Huddersfield | 1 year | 23-SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will help you to understanding social inclusion, and the role of social policy in response to experiences of inequality, exclusion and marginalisation in modern British society. You'll address how greater social inclusion can be achieved through consideration of key social policy challenges such as poverty and inequality, social exclusion, welfare dependency, changing family structures, and globalisation, and specific modern social policy priority areas, such as educational and employment disadvantage and disengagement, youth crime, community cohesion and welfare to work.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Please see our website for further details -

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Please see our website for further details -

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

A degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Suitably experienced applicants without a degree will be considered.

In addition you must also have:

Relevant experience in a paid or voluntary basis.

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Complete a satisfactory interview

International applicants must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 and be available for interview in person or via Skype