Taught course

Career Development and Employability MA

University of Huddersfield · School of Education and Professional Development

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 and health clearances.
  • Complete a satisfactory interview.
  • International applicants must be available for interview in person or via Skype.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Months of entry


Course content

This practical course will allow you the opportunity to get the Qualification in Career Development (QCD) - the nationally recognised professional qualification awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI) - alongside your Master's qualification. You'll learn about policy, practice and theories underpinning career guidance, equality and diversity, partnership working and research-based practice.

You will also learn how to employ independent learning strategies that will enable you deepen your knowledge and understanding of educational research while also developing your professional practice.

Why Career Development and Employability?

  • Having taught career guidance courses for over 40 years, we have established a strong national reputation in the sector. You'll have access to our extensive professional and academic network which feeds directly into course design and delivery and to our excellent facilities and specialist equipment.
  • If you’re looking to gain additional knowledge but cannot commit to the full-time one-year MA, you may choose the two years part-time route, or study the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) which also leads to the award of the QCD (the Qualification in Career Development).
  • This course can lead to a wide variety of interesting and rewarding career prospects in the career guidance and development sector including higher and further education careers and employability services, secondary education and third-sector organisations. You can find out more via the CDI.

Fees and funding

Please check our website for fee information

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1484 478261