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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 9500 per year

How you will study
part-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Voluntary Sector Management at City, University of London

Overview

Who is it for?

You will have been working in the voluntary and community sector for at least three years. You may alternatively have gained sound understanding of the sector through trusteeship or some other form of volunteering.

This course is ideal for you if you want to follow an advanced route for management and career development opportunities that encourage higher standards of effectiveness within the sector.

Objectives

This course is your complete development programme for superior performance in the third sector. You'll study along a path that blends theory and practice around subjects such as managing people and quality, and leadership and managing change. You will develop a broad knowledge and conceptual base in organisational analysis, leadership and change. During your studies, you will be introduced to practical tools to help improve organisational effectiveness and individual performance in change management. You will also develop a broad knowledge and conceptual base in the field of quality management, people management and the management of multiple stakeholder needs. You'll also explore the application of practical tools to help implement quality assurance systems in a nonprofit organisation, and theory and tools for managing individual performance.

Structure

  • Gain broad knowledge and understanding of non-profit organisations, the external context within which they operate, and how they should be led and managed (integrating the different disciplines holistically).
  • Develop and challenge your own understanding and appreciation of the conceptual foundation of these fields, and of their relevance in an applied setting.
  • Study a range of cognitive, intellectual and interpersonal skills and techniques to apply directly to your day-to-day work.
  • Develop deep, relevant insights into charity management from your peers from different but related backgrounds through networking, study and sharing of ideas. 5. Acquire the ability to deliver direct benefits back to your organisation in the form of recommendations for improved effectiveness across all the subject areas covered.
  • Acquire the ability to deliver direct benefits back to your organisation in the form of recommendations for improved effectiveness across all the subject areas covered.

Module outlines

  • Learning and Understanding the Voluntary Sector (10 credits)

    This module represents the starting point for you and the opportunity to learn about the process of learning and establishing plans for learning on the programme. The vital 'Learning Contract' is developed on this module, and forms the basis of the learning throughout the Masters programme. It also offers a perspective on leading public/voluntary sector debates within an historical context, alongside a more enduring understanding of scholarly approaches to the understanding of developments and changes in the relationship between government and the voluntary sector.

  • Resource Management (30 credits)

    This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of resource management within the specialist context of charities.

  • Marketing and Fundraising (10 credits)

    This module aims to provide you with the concepts, underpinning knowledge, skills and techniques to plan and develop marketing and operations systems and enable students to analyse marketing needs, evaluate marketing plans, in the context of applying marketing concepts to their own organisation.

  • Strategy, Diversity and Governance (20 credits)

    This module aims to enable you to develop a broad knowledge and conceptual base in the field of strategy development, diversity and governance.

  • Shadowing (20 credits)

    In this module you will develop a different perspective on the role and environment at senior management level in a different organisation by shadowing a senior manager or fieldwork consultancy exercise - observing and learning from the experience.

  • Organisation, Leadership and Change (15 credits)

    This module aims to develop broad knowledge and conceptual base in the field or organisation analysis, leadership and change.

  • Managing People and Quality (15 credits)

    This module aims to develop a broad knowledge and conceptual base in the field of quality management, people management and the management of multiple stakeholder needs.

Assessment methodsTerm datesAssessment methods

Assessment methods

The Postgraduate Diploma is offered on a part time basis and is taught over a period of 12 months. The Diploma consists of four core modules plus three specialist pathway modules. The core modules are shared by all five Centre for Charity Effectiveness postgraduate courses.

Upon successful completion of the diploma, you will be given the option to continue to the MSc. This requires completion of the Research Methods for Managers module.

This can be followed by a further six months of personal, supervised research and the presentation of a 15,000-word dissertation.

Alternatively, you can opt to take a taught Masters which allows you to choose specialist modules from one of the other Charities programmes.

Term dates

Term dates

Term dates October 2018 intake

Induction
05 October 2018

Learning and Understanding the Voluntary
Sector 05 - 06 October 2018

Strategy, Diversity and Governance
09 - 10 November 2018; 07 - 08 December 2018

Marketing and Fundraising
11 - 12 January 2019

Resource Management
08 - 09 February 2019; 08 - 09 March 2019; 05 - 06 April 2019; Exam* 03 May 2019

Organisation, Leadership and Change
10 - 11 May 2019; 21 June 2019

Managing People and Quality
22 June 2019; 26 - 27 July 2019

Shadowing process to be completed by mid August 2019

Course Review Day
06 September 2019

*All other modules area assessed by coursework

MSc conversion Upon successful completion of the diploma, you will be given the option to continue to the MSc. This requires completion of the Research Methods for Managers module.

This can be followed by a further six months of personal, supervised research and the presentation of a 15,000-word dissertation.

Alternatively, you can opt to take a taught Masters which allows you to choose specialist modules from one of the other Charities programmes.

Term dates For students progressing from the Postgraduate Diploma Intake in 2018

Research Methods for Managers
January 2020

Dissertation or Taught Masters Option
completion by mid-September 2020

Application

How to apply

We are now accepting applications for the start of the PgDip/MSc in Voluntary Sector Management for October 2018.

Entry requirementsEnglish language requirementsEntry requirements

Entry requirements

All students will be highly motivated graduate-level people who bring a wide range of professional competencies, skills and experience from a wide range of backgrounds.

In general we ask for a good first degree, normally an upper second-class honours degree from a British University or a relevant professional qualification: e.g: ICSA; and three or more year's relevant experience at a senior level. In exceptional cases we will also accept those without a degree but with significant work experience. Provided you have more than three years relevant experience, two professional references are acceptable.

Overseas students are welcome to apply to these courses, but need to be aware that they cannot be sponsored for Tier 4 visas due to the part-time modular delivery of the course. In order to participate fully in the collaborative learning process all students who have not previously studied in English must sit an IELTS exam.

English language requirements

English language requirements

Overseas students are welcome to apply to these courses, but need to be aware that they cannot be sponsored for Tier 4 visas due to the part-time modular delivery of the course. In order to participate fully in the collaborative learning process all students who have not previously studied in English must sit an IELTS exam.

Career pathways

Past student feedback has been very positive:

'The MSc Voluntary Sector Management course gave me the skills to transform my organisation from a small single service charity into a respected player in public sector commissioning locally. The PG Dip year allowed us to measure the impact of our work to inform future practice, and to improve every aspect of the organisation from Governance to fundraising. Not only that but undertaking Masters research was a valuable and enjoyable experience for me personally!'

Deborah Cartwright, CEO, Oasis Domestic Abuse Service

'I enrolled on the MSc in Voluntary Sector Management, and I found it enlightening and also good fun. The core tutors and guest lecturers were top quality, and were also very encouraging. They really pushed us to fully explore the subjects we were covering. Since graduating, every element of the course has proved extremely useful. I have been able to utilise everything from teaching on big picture vision, mission and values, to the detail inherent in the subject of financial management. Since graduating I had changed jobs and organisation, and moved into a more senior role. Studying at Cass has been instrumental to this journey, and I enjoy continued contact with Cass, and the opportunities that the Cass community provides.'

Andy Langford, Director of Operations, Cruse

"The MSc in Voluntary Sector Management was a fantastic challenge and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the course. I now have a much deeper insight in the challenges and opportunities facing the charity sector and I'm well equipped to help organisations think strategically about how to flourish and grow. This aside, the course was a lot of fun, I made some great friends and I am extremely proud to call myself an alumni of Cass Business School."

Jeremy Jalie,  Performance Improvement Specialist, ASI

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9500 per yearInternational course fees find out
  • The awardPG DipHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9500 per yearInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

UK/EU/International

£9,500 (2017/18; 2018/19 fee TBC) Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

The course fees for all five courses in the Charities Programme are payable at the start of the academic year. The fee for the Postgraduate Diploma is £6,000. A deposit of £400 is payable on acceptance of a place. For self-paying students, the balance is payable in two instalments, the first during the registration process in September and the second at the end of January. For those converting the Diploma to MSc a further £3,500 is payable in one instalment at the beginning of the second year.

Students who are sponsored by their employer will need to complete a sponsorship form as part of the application process. An invoice for the full fees will be sent to the employer in October. If the employer is a charity, they can request payment in two instalments by contacting the person named on the invoice. This arrangement allows the charity to spread the fees across two financial years.

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