About This Course
Co-operative and Social Enterprise
CKL10 Part-time; CKL42 Full-time
2 year Part-time or 1 year Full-time
Distance Learning. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
EU Fees 2018
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2018
A primary degree or an equivalent academic qualification and have achieved at least a 2H - level 8 qualification. See Requirements for full details.
Applications processed in rounds: See How To Apply section for full details
Non-EU Closing Date
Course Delivery Method
10 September 2018
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.
The MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise is delivered by distance learning and comprises eight taught modules and a dissertation.
View downloadable brochure: MSc Brochure Co-operative and Social Enterprise MSc - CKL1 Information (1,565kB)
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.
Core Modules (30 credits)
Co-operative and Social Enterprise
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 availabe on the Postgraduate College Calendar
Additional Teaching Mode Information
This programme will be taught online.
Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.
**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
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.
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.
Full-time staff involved in the MSc include:
Dr Olive McCarthy (Course Director)
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 2.2 primary degree 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, have sat the MSc (Co-operative and Social enterprise) Qualifying Examination and attained at least a Second Class Honours Grade II therein, and present for interview (if required) by the Department of Food Business and Development at UCC.
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .
Fees and Costs
The fee for this course is €10,500.
If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.
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 email@example.com .
The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,000.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three 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 Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC 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 forms requested for your course.
Please log into PAC for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.
Questions on how to apply?
EU students contact firstname.lastname@example.org
International students contact email@example.com
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKL10 Suppl Form Part-time MSc(Co-Operative & Social Enterprise) (133kB) CKL42 - MSc (Co-Operative and Social Enterprise) FT (144kB)
Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds
Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th JuneApply Now