The Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management provides education, training and skills in managing/coordinating voluntary and community organisations. As such, the course will contribute to the ongoing professional development of workers already in the community and voluntary sector as well as opening the door to wider opportunities in the sector for those seeking employment there. There are more than 25,000 voluntary sector organisations in Ireland. These range from large charitable bodies like Simon, Barnardos and Concern to small residents' associations, or from broad campaigning bodies like Amnesty International to small single-issue groups in a local housing estate trying to get youth facilities in the area.
These organisations may provide vital services in care, welfare, health, education, housing, poverty alleviation, social inclusion and the promotion of rights. They may also enhance democracy and participation in society through empowerment and capacity-building, lobbying, and campaigning.
The MSocSc in Voluntary and Community Sector Management is a part-time postgraduate degree taught over two years.
You attend the university one day per week (Wednesdays 10am-5pm) for two 12-week terms per year (September to December and January to March) over two years. In addition to this, one module is taught online in Year 1 and students will be required to set aside time outside class to complete that. Assessments including the 12,000-word participatory research project are completed in your own time.
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
apply knowledge, skills and values to take a leadership and/or managerial role in an organisation in the community and voluntary sector
describe, critically assess, integrate and apply leadership structures and decision-making processes related to community, voluntary, co-operative, and social enterprise organisations
identify and critically assess the interaction between societal structures, policies, practices and values in Third Sector management
integrate and apply law, rights mechanisms and good governance practices to work in the Third Sector
critically assess social research relating to the Third Sector, and apply theory and practice in social research to Third Sector management and planning
demonstrate an ability to manage and conduct research on the Third Sector
integrate and apply theories and practices that promote democratic processes within Third Sector management
integrate and apply business skills, accounting skills and information technology to exert effective control over the management of resources and practice in the Third Sector.
Why Choose This Course
This course is specifically designed for those who want to develop a career in the voluntary/community sector and is the only master's of its kind in Ireland. It is taught by eight different departments across UCC with an input from a large number of academic staff. The course fees have also been kept deliberately low for a Masters in Management in order to promote access among the not-for-profit community and voluntary sector. We view this course as part of our commitment to the promotion of teaching and learning in the voluntary and community sector.