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Leadership & Management in the Community & Voluntary Sector

This programme is designed to equip experienced community and voluntary workers with the knowledge, skills and insight required to be effective managers in non-profit settings in the context of a changing community and voluntary sector environment. The programme examines the practice of management in the community and voluntary sector, informed by an analysis of wider management theory, and the changing role of community organisations. This programme serves to equip graduates with the necessary insight to manage themselves and staff in an effective manner building on the values and goals of an effective and empowering Community and Voluntary sector.

Entry requirements

A relevant honours degree with a minimum of second class honours 2.2.
A primary honours degree AND at least 3 years relevant experience Participants of the programme are also expected to be managers of projects, programmes or organisations and all participants must be currently working in a community and voluntary sector organisation in either a full-time or part-time employment or voluntary capacity. This requirement is key to the programme as assignments are linked to work settings and participants will draw upon their current or past workplace experience for the purposes of in class discussion, analysis, reflection and assessment.


Commencing in January.
Duration: Part Time over 2 academic years (1 day per week over 4 semesters). Class contact hours: normally 6 hrs per week approx. (will vary in some semesters) Class delivery day: normally Friday.

Further enquiries

For further information: Dept of Flexible Learning
Tel: 0504 28112 Email:
For Academic Related Queries
Contact: Bridget Kirwan

Subjects taught


Year 1
Semester 1
• Contemporary Management for Social Care and Community Organisations
• Communication and Networking in the Community and Voluntary sector.
• The Changing Landscape of the Community and Voluntary Sector.

Semester 2
• Leading and Managing in the Community and Voluntary Sector
• Digital Strategy for Community and Voluntary Organisations
• Governance and Law for the Community and Voluntary sector.

Year 2
Semester 1
• Research Skills for Managers
• HRM in the Community and Voluntary Sector
• Financial Managem

Semester 2
• Research Thesis


Master of Arts in Leadership and Management in the Community and Voluntary Sector (Level 9). It is proposed to offer an Embedded Award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Leadership and Management in the Community and Voluntary Sector. Students could apply for this award after successful completion of 60 credits of the MA Programme in Leadership in Management in the Community and Voluntary Sector.

This programme will primarily be delivered in the LIT Thurles Campus. Modules in the 3rd semester will be delivered in the Moylish Campus and shared with participants from the MA in Social Care Management programme.

Assessment method

Participants will be assessed through a mixture of continuous assessment and examinations

Course fee

Programme Fees: €3,500 per year

Fees for programmes offered through Flexible Learning differ from programme to programme. Check the details in the handbook. In some cases particular criteria apply in terms of fee payments.

If you wish to pay by cheque, bank draft or postal order, please make payable to Limerick Institute of Technology and submit with your completed registration form to the Department of Flexible Learning.

Payment by credit or debit card is possible at any time during office opening hours either in person or by telephone. If you are registering by post and wish to pay by credit or debit card, simply tick the relevant box and a member of the Flexible Learning team will contact you to take the payment by telephone.

Where fees are being paid by an employer or other third party, a sponsorship agreement must be completed by the student and employer and issued to LIT. Invoices will only be issued to employers/third parties when this is completed.

Payment of programme fees must be received from the employer prior to commencement of the programme. In the event that invoices have not been paid prior to the commencement of a programme, the student will be required to pay the fee and subsequently claim it back from his/her employer.

Please note that for security reasons, we are unable to accept cash payments.

All programme fees must be paid in full before the commencement of a programme, unless otherwise indicated. Receipts will be issued to students or employer/third party upon payment of fees. Students should retain receipts as charges may apply for issuing copies, and in some cases reissuing will not be possible.

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