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Cooperative & Social Enterprise

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.

Entry requirements

A primary degree or an equivalent academic qualification and have achieved at least second class honours level 8.

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,

and either
◾hold at least a 2.2 primary degree or an equivalent academic qualification

or
◾have at least five years’ extensive practical, professional or scholarly experience in the co-operative and social enterprise field as approved by the Faculty of Commerce, have sat the MBS (Co-operative and Social enterprise) Qualifying Examination and attained at least a Second Class Honours Grade II therein, 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 see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

2 years Part-Time
1 year Full-Time

Teaching Mode: Distance Learning, Online learning

The MSc is a taught master’s course, with a research-based minor dissertation. Each module/course is delivered using a combination of text-based modules, academic text books, academic readings, web-based discussion and on-line lectures.

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Dr Carol Power
Email: cpower@ucc.ie
Tel: +353 (0)21 490 3354

Subjects taught

‌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)(via course webpage link below - under Course details)

Learning outcomes

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 of audiences, 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

Research Methodology

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 Mutual

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 15,000–30,000-word Dissertation in Co-operative and Social Enterprise.

Further details on the content and modules are availabe on the Postgraduate College Calendar.

Comment

Course Practicalities.
The MBS is a taught master’s course, with a research-based minor dissertation. Each module / course is delivered using a combination of text-based modules, academic text books, academic readings, web-based discussion and on-line lectures.

Unique Aspects of the Course.
If you are interested in pursuing or developing a professional or voluntary career in the co-operative or social enterprise field, the MBS 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.

Who teaches this course
All our academic staff are experts in their field with PhDs and/or significant experience of working and researching in co-operative and social enterprises. Because we combine academic teaching and research into co-operative and social enterprises, with practical involvement with co-operative and social enterprises on the ground, we have unique insights into the key strategies, issues and problems they face.

Full-time staff involved in the MSc include:

Dr Olive McCarthy (Course Director)

Noreen Byrne
Bridget Carroll
Dr Olive McCarthy
Dr Mary O’Shaughnessy
Dr Carol Power
Professor Michael Ward

Assessment method

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 date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €10,500 full-time. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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