Taught course

Careers Guidance and Development

University of the West of Scotland · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You are normally expected to hold an undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, in any subject.

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.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

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.

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. However, the MSc is recognised throughout the UK and is considered to be a 'flagship course' by the UK-wide professional body, the CDI. It is currently the largest programme of its kind in the UK.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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