UCC MSc Co-Operative and Social Enterprise YEAR1

Offered in conjunction with University College Cork, NOTS are providing 25% Skillnet funding for eligible members for the
Master of Science (MSc) in Co-Operative and Social Enterprise.


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 MSc is delivered online / via distance learning, and comprises eight taught modules and a dissertation.

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.

Check out the UCC Youtube video, and see what Lecturers and Graduates have to say:

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)

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 on UCC website.

Course Practicalities:

The MSc is a taught master’s course, with a research-based 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.

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.

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.

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.

The full price is €6000, (€3000 per year less 25% Skillnet funding – which leaves the cost for successful NOTS applicants at €2250 per year). Places and NOTS funding are limited, and enrolment is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so we encourage you to register as soon as you can.

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.
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