UCC Postgraduate courses

Co-operative and Social Enterprise

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Co-operative and Social Enterprise

  • Code

    CKL10 Part-time; CKL42 Full-time

  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    2 year Part-time or 1 year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Distance Learning. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    MSc

  • EU Fees 2019

    €6,000 (Year 1 FT); €3,000 (Year 1 PT); €3,000 (Year 2 PT)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2019

    €6,000

  • Entry Requirements

    A primary degree or an equivalent academic qualification and have achieved at least a 2H - level 8 qualification. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications. Check rounds closing dates under How to Apply.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15th June

  • Course Delivery Method

    Online

  • Start Date

    9 September 2019

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 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.

Video about the MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise

View downloadable brochure: CKL10 Brochure

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. 

PART I

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 

PART II

  • 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. 

Modules

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.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

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 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

Programme Director

Dr. Olive McCarthy

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The course equipped me with the knowledge and skills required to take social enterprise that step further in my own community and voluntary sector organisation

Siobhan Cafferty, Executive Manager, The Bridge Project

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I found the course content to be relevant and interesting and to this day I continually apply my learning to everyday situations in my work.

Sabrina Woods, CEO, Connolly CIE Credit Union

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Overall the programme helped me to enhance my ability to make an informed contribution at board level, particularly in relation to governance, entrepreneurship and in developing strategy.

Pat O'Sullivan, Chairperson, Douglas Credit Union

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‌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.

Video about the MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise

"Why did you undertake the MSc in Co-operative and Social Enterprise"
Video of one graduate's perspective:

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.

Requirements

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,

and either

  • hold at least a 2.2 primary degree or an equivalent academic qualification

or

  • 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. 

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

International/non-EU applicants

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 €6,000 (Year 1 FT); €3,000 (Year 1 PT); €3,000 (Year 2 PT).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €6,000.

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.

Deposits:

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.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

For details of Scholarships and Funding opportunities relating to this programme, please visit:

https://www.cubsucc.com/postgraduate-scholarships/

 

Non-EU Fees

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 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 for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 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 for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

Rounds

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 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)

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

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