If you are interested in pursuing or developing a professional or voluntary career in the co-operative or social enterprise field, the MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise is designed with you in mind. It is a part-time course taken over one or two calendar years.
The main aims are:
- to equip you for management careers and/or voluntary service at senior level in a wide range of co-operative and social enterprises
- to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to participate meaningfully and effectively at leadership level in the decision-making, management and entrepreneurial processes of co-operative and social enterprises
- to develop your capacity to respond creatively to the needs and problems of the wider community and society, if you are either a voluntary or a salaried practitioner in a co-operative and social enterprise
- to provide you with access to postgraduate and personal development opportunities whilst allowing you to combine family responsibilities and employment.
Video about the MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise
?The MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise is delivered by distance learning and comprises eight taught modules and a minor thesis.
View downloadable brochure: MSc Brochure Co-operative and Social Enterprise MSc - CKL1 Information (1,968kB)
On successful completion, it is expected that you will be able to:
- think critically about social and economic problems and have the confidence to propose organisational solutions
- articulate the role of co-operatives and social enterprises in the creation of an alternative economic system to a wide range ofaudiences, including the public, private and third sectors, as well as to society in general
- participate meaningfully and effectively at leadership level in the decision-making, management and entrepreneurial processes of co-operatives and social enterprises
- apply the specific marketing, governance and management skills necessary in co-operatives and social enterprises
- appraise critically the multiplicity of activities, strategies, skills and approaches in the co-operative and social enterprise field
- choose optimal courses of action for specific situations in co-operative and social enterprises
- discuss and debate professional opinion on the functioning and roles of co-operatives and social enterprises
- research and report analytically on different types of cooperative and social enterprise.
Core Modules (30 credits)
Co-operative and Social Enterprise
Social and Co-operative Entrepreneurship
Co-operative and Social Enterprise Governance
Education and Marketing for Co-operatives and Social Enterprises
Optional modules (30 credits)
You will select any three of the following:
Innovation and Enterprise in Financial Co-operatives and Mutuals
Community Co-operatives and Social Enterprises
Worker Co-operative Strategies
Co-operative Food Processing and Supply
Social Enterprises and the Developing World
People Management in Member-Based Organisations
Leadership and Change Management in Co-operative and Social Enterprises
Dissertation in Co-operative and Social Enterprise(30 credits)
You will complete a 15,000Â–30,000-word Dissertation in Co-operative and Social Enterprise.
Further details on the content and modules are availabe on the Postgraduate College Calendar
Course Code: CKL10 Part-time, CKL42 Full-time)
Course Title: Co-operative and Social Enterprise Online Course
College: Business and Law
Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Course Delivery Method*: Online
Teaching Mode: Distance Learning
This programme will be taught online.
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee EUR 10,500 full-time. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study.
2016 Entry Requirements: A primary degree or an equivalent academic qualification and have achieved at least second class honours level 8. See Detailed Entry Requirements.
Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below
Next Intake: 11 September 2017
The MSc is a taught master's course, with a research-baseddissertation. Each module/course is delivered using a combination of text-based modules, academic text books, academic readings, web-based discussion and on-line lectures.
You will be assessed by way of continuous assessment, e.g. essays, group work, virtual contributions, etc. This means that there are no end-of-year written examinations for this course.
Application for this programme is on-line at www.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 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: CKL10 Suppl Form Part-time MSc(Co-Operative & Social Enterprise) (133kB) CKL42 - MSc (Co-Operative and Social Enterprise) FT (144kB)
All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.
Further Contact Information
Dr Carol Power
T: +353 (0)21 490 3354