Career Guidance and Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #501 (WUR) ,
With placement opportunities available, this Career Guidance and Development programme from University of the West of Scotland, which achieved 100% overall satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2015, qualifies you to work as a career guidance practitioner.


Career guidance practitioners provide accurate and relevant advice on employment, education and training opportunities to an ever-widening client group. This Career Guidance and Development programme at University of the West of Scotland focuses on professional practice, personal reflection and critical analysis of practice.

The Masters allows guidance practitioners to undertake research and work evaluation as part of their ongoing professional development.

Career prospects

Graduates have a successful record of gaining employment as career guidance practitioners in the public, private and voluntary sectors within the UK.

Placement/Work-based learning

Postgraduate Diploma students learning on-campus are provided with placements and practical opportunities for practice, with opportunities to experience how career guidance practitioners operate in organisations and as training providers.


Professional recognition

The Postgraduate Diploma can include completion of the Qualification in Career Guidance and Development (QCGD) which is professionally accredited by the Career Development Institute UK (CDIUK).

Programme Structure

Certificate and Diploma

The Certificate consists of three modules and the Diploma six. The core module is Reflective Guidance Practice. Additional modules include Models of Professional Practice; Career Coaching and Development; Career Related Policy; Career Development Theory; Reflective Guidance Practice; and Labour Market Studies.


You can take up to two years of further part-time study towards a Masters award either by completing a dissertation, or by completing a literature review and associated article.

Part-time and online learning

Those already working in the sector can study part-time or online. You must have access to clients to undertake practical assessments, and to a mentor. If seeking professional accreditation beyond the Postgraduate Diploma award, you will undertake a two-week placement in another guidance organisation in Year 2.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    For UK/EU applicants there is no formal closing date for most courses.

    Due to visa processing times non-EU applicants must apply for courses starting in September by the beginning of August. Similarly due to visa processing times applicants must apply by the beginning of December for courses starting in January.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

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Academic Requirements

  • The normal entrance requirement for the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma is a degree or similar qualification.
  • Applications from candidates who do not possess the qualifications above may also be considered. Such applicants may have completed a workplace qualification such as an S/NVQ in Advice and Guidance, and in all cases should be able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills, experience and maturity, and satisfy the University that they have the potential to reach the academic standards required of a programme at postgraduate level by holding at least an HNC in Social Sciences, Career Guidance or an equivalent qualification.
  • We welcome applications from a variety of backgrounds, including groups which have been underrepresented in the career guidance profession.
  • Applicants for the online learning Certificate and Diploma are expected to be employed for the whole duration of their programme in a career or educational guidance context, or in an organisation whose main function is to give educational or careers guidance to adults.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Part-time per 20 credits:
  • Scottish/EU/Rest of UK: £790 
  • Non-EU: £2,100 

Living costs for Paisley

  • 700 - 1400 GBP/month
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