MSc Co-Operative and Social Enterprise (UCC)

Working in conjunction with University College Cork, NOTS are delighted to offer 30% Skillnet funding for eligible members for the MSc Co-Operative and Social Enterprise in 2021.

Course Outline:

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.

For More Information:

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The MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise is delivered by distance learning and comprises eight taught modules and a dissertation.

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 Mutuals
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 available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

NOTS Funding Rate/Cost of the course through NOTS:

Please note – you must apply directly to UCC and get accepted onto this course before you apply through NOTS. These are the proposed 2020 prices – but they may change. Contact us at for more information

The full price of the course is €6000, which is broken into €3000 per year less 30% Skillnet funding which leaves the cost at €2100 per year.

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