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Careers Guidance and Development MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Careers Advice Work

Course type


Course Summary

Our MSc Career Guidance & Development is professionally recognised by the Career Development Institute (CDI) and qualifies you to work as a career guidance practitioner. You will develop the knowledge and practical skills through placement opportunities to become a career development practitioner. The MSc will support you develop professional practice competence in working with individuals and groups, to undertake critical analysis of professional practice, while deepening your knowledge of the career development sector and developing your research skills. As a practitioner you will provide accurate and relevant advice on employment, education and training opportunities to an ever-widening client group. Students will also achieve PGDip and PGCert awards in this course. The MSc is a vocational programme aimed at providing the knowledge, skills and attributes required for employment as a career guidance and development professional. The programme has been identified by the Scottish Government and the national skills body, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), as the 'core' qualification for career guidance and development professionals in Scotland. The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Career Guidance & Development incorporates the Qualification in Career Development (QCD) accredited by the Career Development Institute (CDI).

Different course options

Full time | Paisley Campus | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



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Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold an undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, in any subject. If Applicants do not possess the qualifications above then they may still be considered. For example, they may have completed a workplace qualification such as an S/NVQ in Advice and Guidance. The programme team is committed to improving diversity in the career development sector. We encourage applications regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief or race. Applicants who wish to complete the course online must normally be employed for the duration of their programme in a guidance related role where they have access to clients and to a qualified professional willing to act as their workplace supervisor. Applicants who wish to complete the PgCert online must normally be employed in a guidance-related role. Applicants will have to provide an appropriate reference confirming their suitability for work with individuals and groups in helping and teaching contexts.

University information

With around 17,000 students, University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s biggest modern universities. We have a proud record in delivering work-ready graduates and developing effective partnerships with business, industry and the public and voluntary sectors. With our cutting-edge courses, practical knowledge, and intelligent teaching, we help our students get ahead. The location of our west of Scotland campuses in Ayr, Dumfries,...more