Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment (MSc)

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 9690 per year

How you will study
part-time

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International course fees
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About Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment at City, University of London

Overview

Who is it for?

You may already be working in a social funding environment, or wishing to learn more about the world of philanthropy and social investment. The course is suitable for both aims, as a boost to your existing career or to facilitate a change in career direction.

Most of the examples studied on the course are from the UK, but international examples give a broader perspective, meaning your learning is transferable to any culture or jurisdiction.

Objectives

As a student on this course, you will develop a clear understanding of the principles and practice of philanthropy and grantmaking. And the importance of all aspects of risk assessment, probity of applications, ethical frameworks and relationships with external communities and agencies.

You'll examine grant-giving and other investment categories such as loans, endowments, contracts, social bonds and impact investing.

The course provides a solid background in the history and theory of philanthropy and grantmaking (with examples both from the UK and abroad). Beyond the theory, you'll study the application of social investment practice as a business process.

For further enquiries please contact: Professor Paul Palmer ,The Charities Programme Office or 020 7040 5114.

Structure

The MSc course is taught on a part-time basis over a period of two years (30 months for those who chose to start with the PgCert in April due to the structure of the timetable).

Students initially enrol on the Postgraduate Diploma with the specialist area of their choice, and confirm their intention to complete the MSc at the end of the first year.

The focus for those starting with the PgCert is on the Specialist modules which is balanced with the sector context provided by the core modules on the PgDip.

  • Deepen your understanding of the background to the grantmaking and philanthropy sector, from history to key facts.
  • Study the different models and practices of the sector. 3. Enhance your understanding of the strategic and tactical decisions that philanthropic activity demands.
  • Get to grips with the theoretical tools critical for social investment, including evaluation, impact measurement, risk and operations management.
  • Learn about a range of approaches to key issues presented by major practitioners.
  • Discover how to design and operate a programme for social investment that maximises societal impact.

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.

  • Fieldwork Exercise (20 credits)

    In this module you will undertake a 'tailored' learning experience centred on a 5 day consulting assignment on a financial project within a charity.

  • Principles of Grantmaking (15 credits)

    This module aims to develop your understanding of principles of funding and how these are applied in different institutions in a UK context: public and quasi-public authorities, independent charitable trusts and foundations

  • Management of Grantmaking (15 credits)

    This module aims to enables you to facilitate and enhance understanding of the importance of the management of funding, in all its aspects, in a variety of funding organisations.

Assessment methodsTerm datesAssessment methods

Assessment methods

The Postgraduate Certificate is offered on a part time basis and is taught over a period of six months. The Certificate consists of five modules: Introduction to Learning Principles and Practices of Grantmaking, Management of Grantmaking and Shadowing/Fieldwork.

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

April 2018 Intake - PgCert

Induction/Learning and Understanding the Voluntary Sector
13 - 14 April 2018

Principles and Practices of Grantmaking
18 - 19 May 2018; 08 June 2018; Exam* 06 July 2018

Management of Grantmaking
09 June 2018; 13 - 14 July 2018

Fieldwork Exercise to be completed by early August 2018

Course Review Day
07 September 2018

October 2018 Intake - PGDip

Induction
05 October 2018

Learning and Understanding the Voluntary Sector
05 - 07 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

Principles and Practices of Grantmaking
17 - 18 May 2019; 14 June 2019 Exam* 12 July 2019

Management of Grantmaking
15 June 2019; 26 - 27 July 2019

Fieldwork exercise Process to be completed by early August 2019

Course Review Day 06 September 2019

* all other modules are 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.

For students progressing from the Postgraduate Certificate Intake in 2018

Postgraduate Diploma (conversion)
October 2018 to May 2019

Masters conversion
January 2020 to August/September 2020

For students progressing from the Postgraduate Certificate Intake in 2018

Research Methods for Managers January 2020

Dissertation or Taught Masters Option completion by mid-September 2020 (for October 2018 intake)

Application

How to apply

The Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment postgraduate degree has two separate entry points each year.

The intake for the six months Postgraduate Certificate is in April each year.

We are now accepting applications for the PgCert Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment intake for April 2018 and for the start of the PgDip Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment for the October 2018 intake .

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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 equivalent qualification from a leading overseas institution and three or more years relevant experience at a senior level. In exceptional cases we will accept those without a degree, provided they have significant and relevant work experience.

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

Students are selected on their professional experience, and generally continue working in their full –time role whilst undertaking this course.

"Completing the MSc in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment enabled me to make a step change in my career.  I had been a Director at my charity for a number of years and so had a solid foundation from which to develop but the course gave me the extra edge and helped me to secure my first CEO position in 2015. The course content is really engaging and the range of speakers is excellent, I would not hesitate to recommend the programme to others."

Caroline Taylor, CEO Essex Community Foundation

"It was a fascinating experience to have core modules shared across the different disciplines highlighting all aspects of civil society, non-profit organisation management, and the role of funding within the sector. The in-depth grantmaking, philanthropy and social investment modules provided theory and range of practices in my own field of expertise, and helped me to reflect on the way we work in our own organisation and how to become more strategic and impactful in what we do."

Bruno Spriet, Grant Manager

' I found the PGCert course a very good opportunity to debate and research the issues, trends and practices at this time in the social sector whether driven by legislation, funding or a wish to innovate. The course gave thorough instruction across the field of social sector work, especially grant making.'

Cathy Elliot, Chief Executive, Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside

'I started at CASS with the Postgraduate Certificate in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment, and I then continued on to complete the Post-Graduate Diploma. The course was invaluable to me in terms of: practical assignments applicable to my own working environment; access to a wide range of knowledge and teaching and; most importantly, a fantastic and diverse network of colleagues with whom I am still in touch today. I believe I would not have had the confidence to advise my Company on our Strategic Review, which has been a vital part of our modernisation, had it not been for the resources and knowledge gleaned from the course. '

Ciorsdan Brown, Grants Officer, The Goldsmiths' Company

"The course has been hugely useful to me, both for the excellent content provided, but also as an introduction to a diverse set of participants from all across the sector. As someone who had not had prior direct experience of grantmaking, the provision of a solid academic grounding combined with practical experience has been invaluable."

Chris Llewellyn, Director CriSeren Foundation

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study24 months
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  • The awardPG DipHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study12 months
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Notes about fees for this course

UK/EU/International

£9,690 (2018/19) 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 within the Charities Programme are payable at the start of the academic year. The fee for the Postgraduate Diploma is £6,000 (£6,120 2018/19). 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 (£3,570 2018/19) is payable in one instalment at the beginning of the second year.

Students on the Postgraduate. Diploma 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..

For Postgraduate Certificate: £3,000 (£3,600 in 2018/19). A deposit of £400 is payable on acceptance of a place and the balance is payable on registration.

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