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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21, JAN-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Overview

The Social Innovation Master’s degree has been designed to offer a distinctive, innovative qualification that builds skills and competence within the social enterprise sector, alongside developing investable and marketable socially enterprising solutions which address unmet social needs in original and innovative ways.

Course Details

In today’s increasingly interdependent and rapidly changing world, understanding the transformations of the 21st century that are characterized by uneven development, accelerated globalization, economic uncertainty, entrenched and complex social problems requires an academic approach that is interdisciplinary and focused on both innovation and commercialisation.

The Programme aims:

  • to develop skills and leadership capability within organisations across all sectors engaged in social innovation, and
  • to develop a pipeline of investable social innovations which are also marketable

The taught programme is built of six 20 credit modules specific to the course which explore particular themes with regard to social innovation and its scaling and sustaining, and a 60 credit innovation synthesis module which brings together multiple perspectives into a dissertation or project of the students’ choice specific to the application of social innovation. The whole programme is based on a social venture incubation programme which addresses not only the skills development of the students but also the development of a real social venture which will be both investable and marketable. To achieve this, there will be strong tutoring support supported by access to business support, mentoring and online resources.

What are the assessments for this course?

Assessment is 100% coursework. Module assessments will require fieldwork, research and practical application. Central to the learning strategy is the theme of students taking a high degree of responsibility for their own learning within a context of a work-based learning approach, which enables students to develop themselves and their ideas for social innovation within their own workplace context and gain academic credit for this activity.

Are there any special features on this course?

Students have the opportunity to structure their own learning in a way that benefits their personal development and the development of the organisation in which they are employed.

The MA Social Innovation is designed for those currently working in the third sector who are interested in developing effective, sustainable innovations in a current role as well as those who are entrepreneurial and creatively seeking to build new social enterprises.

Students can also study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Innovation.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Northampton

  • University League Table

    88th

  • Campus address

    Main Site, The University of Northampton, Waterside Campus, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 5PH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    82nd out of 122 32

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    92 43%

    111th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64 64%

    73rd

    42
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%

    55th

    63

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