About This Course
Co-operative and Social Enterprise
2 year Part-time or 1 year Full-time
Distance Learning. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
EU Fees 2021
€3,130 (Year 1 PT); €3,130 (Year 2 PT)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2021
A minimum of Second Class Honours in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or an equivalent academic qualification. See Requirements for full details.
Course Delivery Method
Not on offer 2022/2023
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 two calendar years.
The main aims of this programme are:
- to equip you for management careers and/or voluntary service at a 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 a 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.
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Learning outcomes: On successful completion, it is expected that you will be able to:
- Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard
- Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem-solving skills associated with effective practice
- Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organizational settings
- Appraise self-practice
- Propose and conduct empirical research for organizational and academic audiences
The MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise is delivered by distance learning and comprises eight taught modules (taught in Part I) and a dissertation (undertaken in Part II). In total, students take 90 credits. Part 1 consists of 60 credits. Part II consists of 30 credits.
Core Modules (30 credits)
- FE6701 Co-operative and Social Enterprise
- FE6711 Research Methodology
- FE6702 Social and Co-operative Entrepreneurship
- FE6703 Co-operative and Social Enterprise Governance
- FE6704 Education and Marketing for Co-operatives and Social Enterprises
Elective modules (30 credits)
You will select any three of the following elective modules:
- FE6705 Innovation and Enterprise in Financial Co-operatives and Mutuals
- FE6706 Community Co-operatives and Social Enterprises
- FE6707 Worker Co-operative Strategies
- FE6708 Co-operative Food Processing and Supply
- FE6709 Social Enterprises and the Developing World
- FE3824 People Management in Member-Based Organisations
- FE6712 Leadership and Change Management in Co-operative and Social Enterprises
- FE6710 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. Students must pass Part I before they are allowed to submit the dissertation.
Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar
Additional Teaching Mode Information
This programme will be taught online.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
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 textbooks, 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.
Full-time staff involved in the MSc include:
- Dr Olive McCarthy (Course Director)
- Noreen Byrne
- Bridget Carroll
- Dr Olive McCarthy
- Dr Mary O’Shaughnessy
- Dr Carol Power
- Professor Michael Ward
Search here for the Research Profiles of the above
Why Choose This Course
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. This course will suit a variety of people from different walks of life. It is flexible because it is delivered by distance learning and can be taken over one or two years. It is graded by continuous assessment and there are no written end-of-year examinations.
"Why did you undertake the MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise"
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Skills and Careers Information
This course is designed for you if you are interested in pursuing or developing a professional or voluntary career in the co-operative or social enterprise field. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to participate meaningfully and effectively at leadership level in the decision-making, management and entrepreneurial processes of co-operative and social enterprises. Whether you are a voluntary or a salaried practitioner, this course will develop your capacity to respond creatively to the needs and problems of the wider community and society.
To apply for this course you must:
- be at least 23 at time of enrolment
- be able to access and use the Internet
- possess two years’ experience in a voluntary or professional capacity in a co-operative or social enterprise,
- hold at least a A minimum of Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or an equivalent academic qualification.
- have at least five years’ extensive practical, professional or scholarly experience in the co-operative and social enterprise field as approved by the School of Business under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), and present for interview (if required) by the Department of Food Business and Development at UCC.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €3,130 (Year 1 PT); €3,130 (Year 2 PT).
The Non-EU fee for this course is €6,130.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment:
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
How can I pay?
By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For details of Scholarships and Funding opportunities relating to this programme, please visit:
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary items requested for your course.
Please log into the online application portal for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
- Please upload your CV.
- Please enter the names and email addresses of 2 referees.