Voluntary and Community Sector Management (MSocSc)

University College Cork Ireland

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The award
MSocSc

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Voluntary and Community Sector Management at University College Cork

Overview

The Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management provides education, training and skills in managing/coordinating voluntary and community organisations. As such, the course will contribute to the ongoing professional development of workers already in the community and voluntary sector as well as opening the door to wider opportunities in the sector for those seeking employment there. There are more than 25,000 voluntary sector organisations in Ireland. These range from large charitable bodies like Simon, Barnardos and Concern to small residents' associations, or from broad campaigning bodies like Amnesty International to small single-issue groups in a local housing estate trying to get youth facilities in the area.

These organisations may provide vital services in care, welfare, health, education, housing, poverty alleviation, social inclusion and the promotion of rights.They may also enhance democracy and participation in society through empowerment and capacity-building, lobbying, and campaigning.

Course Details

The MSocSc in Voluntary and Community Sector Management is a part-time postgraduate degree taught over two years.

Students attend the University one day per week.

Modules (90 credits):

Year 1
Students take 40 credits as follows:

AC6601 Financial Management in the Third Sector (5 credits)
SS6600 Principles, Values and Practice in the voluntary Sector (5 credits)
GV6112 The Third Sector and the State (5 credits)
SS6602 Applied Social Research in the Third Sector (5 credits)
LW6103 Legal Aspects of State Regulation (5 credits)
SS6606 Social Policy in the Voluntary Sector (5 credits)

Plus ONE of the following online modules

Either

FE3824 People Management in Member-Based Organisations (10 credits)
Or
FE 6712 Leadership & Change Management in Co-operative & Social Enterprise, (10 credits)

Year 2

Students take 50 credits as follows

MG6100 Leadership, Organisational Devt./Change for the Third Sector (5 credits)
FE6601 Co-operatives and the Third Sector (5 credits)
EC6301 The Third Sector Economy (5 credits)
IS6012 Application of IT to the Third Sector (5 credits)
FE6602 Social Enterprises and Local Development (5 credits)
SS6605 Research Project (25 credits)

All modules are assessed via continuous assessment. There are NO end of year exams for the Programme

Details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar

Fact File

Course Code: CKE75 Part-time

Course Title: Voluntary and Community Sector Management

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Duration: 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Qualifications: MSocSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: EUR 3,080 per year

2016 Entry Requirements: You will have at least a second class honours in an approved primary degree, and normally have a minimum of two years recent and relevant work experience (see detailed entry requirements)

Closing Date: This programme is not on offer for 2017

Next Intake: September 2018

Course Practicalities

You attend the university one day per week (Wednesdays 10am-5pm) for two 12-week terms per year (September to December and January to March) over two years. In addition to this, one module is taught online in Year 1 and students will be required to set aside time outside class to complete that. Assessments including the 12,000-word participatory research project are completed in your own time.

Assessment

Assessment will be by continuous accumulative assessment over the twelve modules. Each module has different assessment criteria and for specific module related information please consult the relevant module in the current online Book of Modules

Assessments will include group project work, portfolios, essays, etc. and a participatory research project at the end of the second year (There are no exams).

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line atwww.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

Please note that you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here:- CKE75AdditionalQuestions (349kB)

ALL applicants must also ensure that TWO Referees Letters are emailed or posted directly to the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork - one from an academic source outlining your academic qualifications/ability and the other from a voluntary sector group (or, if appropriate, from a public or private sector employer) outlining any voluntary sector experience or other relevant experience you have had in a paid or unpaid capacity - are required for your application to the M.Soc.Sc. in Voluntary and Community Sector Management.

The REFERENCE REQUEST FORMS must be downloaded and printed during the online application process and a copy should be sent to each of your Referees. A copy of the REFERENCE REQUEST FORMS are available to view here: CKE75ReferenceRequestForms (129kB)

All other required supporting documentation (e.g. evidence of non-UCC undergraduate/postgraduate qualifications) must beUPLOADED via the PAC "Application Status"link or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway (marked with the applicants PAC application number)

ONLY applications which include two written references from referees can be processed. Short-listed applicants may be required to attend for interview

Study options for this course

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Notes about fees for this course

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: EUR 3,080 per year

2016 Entry Requirements: You will have at least a second class honours in an approved primary degree, and normally have a minimum of two years recent and relevant work experience (see detailed entry requirements)

Closing Date: This programme is not on offer for 2017

Next Intake: September 2018

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University College Cork to find course entry requirements.

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