Co-operative & Social Enterprise
The main aims of this programme are:
• to equip you for management careers and/or voluntary service at a 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 a 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.
Learning outcomes: On successful completion, it is expected that you will be able to:
• Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard
• Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem-solving skills associated with effective practice
• Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organizational settings
• Appraise self-practice
• Propose and conduct empirical research for organizational and academic audiences
The MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise is delivered by distance learning and comprises eight taught modules (taught in Part I) and a dissertation (undertaken in Part II). In total, students take 90 credits. Part 1 consists of 60 credits. Part II consists of 30 credits.
Why choose this course?
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. This course will suit a variety of people from different walks of life. It is flexible because it is delivered by distance learning and can be taken over one or two years. It is graded by continuous assessment and there are no written end-of-year examinations.
To apply for this course you must:
• be at least 23 at time of enrolment
• be able to access and use the Internet
• possess two years' experience in a voluntary or professional capacity in a co-operative or social enterprise,
• hold at least a 2.2 primary degree or an equivalent academic qualification
• have at least five years' extensive practical, professional or scholarly experience in the co-operative and social enterprise field as approved by the School of Business, and present for interview (if required) by the Department of Food Business and Development at UCC.
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
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.
Core Modules (30 credits)
• FE6701 Co-operative and Social Enterprise
• FE6711 Research Methodology
• FE6702 Social and Co-operative Entrepreneurship
• FE6703 Co-operative and Social Enterprise Governance
• FE6704 Education and Marketing for Co-operatives and Social Enterprises
Elective modules (30 credits)
You will select any three of the following elective modules:
• FE6705 Innovation and Enterprise in Financial Co-operatives and Mutuals
• FE6706 Community Co-operatives and Social Enterprises
• FE6707 Worker Co-operative Strategies
• FE6708 Co-operative Food Processing and Supply
• FE6709 Social Enterprises and the Developing World
• FE3824 People Management in Member-Based Organisations
• FE6712 Leadership and Change Management in Co-operative and Social Enterprises
• FE6710 Dissertation in Co-operative and Social Enterprise (30 credits): You will complete a 15,000–30,000-word Dissertation in Co-operative and Social Enterprise. Students must pass Part I before they are allowed to submit the dissertation.
Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar.
CKL10: 2 years Part-Time
CKL42: 1 year Full-Time
Additional Teaching Mode Information
This programme will be taught online.
Start Date: Early October 2020
Post Course Info
Skills and Careers Information
This course is designed for you if you are interested in pursuing or developing a professional or voluntary career in the co-operative or social enterprise field. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to participate meaningfully and effectively at leadership level in the decision-making, management and entrepreneurial processes of co-operative and social enterprises. Whether you are a voluntary or a salaried practitioner, this course will develop your capacity to respond creatively to the needs and problems of the wider community and society.