Social Innovation MA

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 1 Year
    Part Time: 2 Years

  • Starting:

    September

  • UK Fees 22/23:

    Full Time: £7,650
    Part Time: £850 (per 20 credits)

  • International Fees 22/23:

    £15,000

  • Location:

    Waterside

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


The MA Social Innovation programme has been suspended for September 2022 entry. The next expected cohort will be September 2023. If you have any queries please contact pgstudy@northampton.ac.uk 

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.

Updated 21/04/2022

Highlights


  • Jump off at Postgraduate Diploma level or continue for full MA.

Course Content


  • 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.

    List of modules

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

  • We are looking for perceptive, entrepreneurial and creative candidates who are self-motivated, passionate and enthusiastic about Social Innovation.

    Applicants will normally have an honours degree with a first or upper second classification in an appropriate subject. Applications from those without a first degree will be considered subject to an evaluation of comparable industry based experience.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 22/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £7,650
    • UK Part Time*: £850 per 20 credits
    • International Full Time: £15,000

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2022. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £7,470
    • UK Part Time*: £830 per 20 credits
    • International Full Time: £14,000

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

  • Whether you are an international, home or EU students, we offer a generous tuition fee discounts for postgraduate study.

    Our International Scholarships page has details of the International Graduate Scholarship offering up to 50% for alumni of the University and the International Scholarship offering up to 30% for new students.

    The Graduate Discount Scheme page has information about the 20% discount for Home and EU graduates.

  • 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. To be eligible for this award, the student must successfully complete all compulsory modules (except MKTM043 Innovation Synthesis).

    For a full breakdown of the course materials and modules please see the MA Social Innovation NILE site.

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On successful completion of the programme, students will have the skills, knowledge and contacts to further progress their social venture and make a real difference in their communities.

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