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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.


Part-time over 2 academic years (1 day per week over 4 semesters).

Class delivery day:
Normally Friday Class contact hours: Normally approx. 6 hrs per week (varying in some semesters).

Further enquiries

For further information:
Dept of Flexible Learning
Tel: 0504 28112

For academic queries:
Contact: Bridget Kirwan

Subjects taught

Year 1
• Contemporary Management for Social Care and Community
• Communication and Networking in the Community and Voluntary sector
• The Changing Landscape of the Community and Voluntary sector
• 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
• Research Skills for Managers
• HRM in the Community and Voluntary sector
• Financial Management for Social Care/Community Development
• 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.

Primarily LIT Thurles. 3rd semester modules will be delivered in LIT Moylish & 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

€3,500 per year.
All Taught Postgraduate students can avail of three payment options:
Option 1: 100% on registration.
Option 2: 50% on registration and 50% by the 15th January.
Option 3: By Instalment Plan – Signed and Agreed with the Grants & Fees Office.

Please see our How to Pay your Fees and Payment of Fees Deadlines sections for more details.

Please Note: Examination results will not be released to any student with an outstanding fee. Students will not be permitted to register for the next academic session or graduate until their outstanding fees are paid in full.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Proposed Start Date:
September 2019 (subject to sufficient demand).

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