MSc Social Innovation

Available as a One Year Masters or a Two Year (with Professional Practice) Masters.

Social innovation – or the development of new ideas, services and models to better address social issues – is a concept that has become known world-wide over the last couple of decades. Social innovation often involves the empowerment of disadvantaged groups and the restructuring of power relations in the ways they are implemented. Social innovation often emerges from civil society to disrupt or pose an alternative to the status quo, such as in the form of microfinance initiatives or social enterprises, and can imply new forms of collaboration that encourage new and less hierarchical relationships between government, civil society and citizens.

Designed to develop your knowledge and expertise in this exciting field of study, the MSc Social Innovation from Glasgow Caledonian University shares its home with the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health - GCU's world-leading research centre - and is delivered by the award-winning Glasgow School for Business and Society*.

Those encouraging, facilitating and delivering social innovation, whether in the private, public or third sectors, are looking for the right mix of critical, intellectually curious and entrepreneurial scholars and practitioners who are armed with the knowledge and mindset needed to tackle some of the world's most pressing problems.

*winner of 4 QS Stars for Business

As a student of the MSc in Social Innovation, you'll be a part of one of the first global communities of its kind. You will not only analyse the symptoms of our social problems, but also work to uncover sustainable solutions.

The international appeal of this programme ensures knowledge transfer, interactivity and group activities on an international scale and is designed to generate this wide array of knowledge and skills that are translatable into the global workplace.

You will be skilled in effectively communicating issues relating to Social Innovation by participating in guest lectures from practitioners from Scotland, the rest of the UK and the EU.

Module list

Ethics, Governance and Responsible Leadership, Global Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation and Alternative Economic Forms, Human Rights, Gender and Development, Applied Professional Practice, Applied Social Marketing, Social Finance, Project Management, Masters Research Project.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Our two-year masters courses give you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills with an extended  work placement. 

You'll experience all the benefits of a regular masters, but with the additional advantage of a further professional practice placement over two trimesters. You'll be fully supported and prepared for your placement, and graduate with significant work experience, in-depth knowledge and understanding of your chosen sector. Find out more about the benefits of a two-year masters study.

Study Options

  • 2020/21

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

 

MSc
Full Time
16 Months
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 16 Months 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

 

MSc
Full Time
2 Years
17 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Full Time
1 Year
17 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
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MSc Full Time 2 Years 17 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 1 Year 17 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Typical entry requirements

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in relevant subject (social sciences, economics, business management, development studies, geography, politics) and non-standard applicants are considered case-by-case. 

English language

English language: Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £6,000
RUK: £6,000
EU: £6,000
International: £13,500

Annual full-time tuition fees 2021/22

Home and RUK: £6,000
EU and International: £13,500

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Note: These are the fees for our standard masters courses. Fees for our two-year masters with professional practice study option can be found here.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

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A range of coursework assessments are used such as individual and group-based projects and reports, the use and application of creative technologies, group presentations and self and peer review exercises.

The MSc in Social Innovation attracts a wide range of students who share our commitment to social justice and want to explore aspects of social innovation from a critical perspective. This includes governmental employees seeking to develop a flourishing environment for social innovation, to those working in NGOs looking to improve their understanding of the changing environment for international aid, to aspiring social entrepreneurs. Graduates have gone on to academia, to local or central government, and found work in social innovation institutions worldwide.

Professional engagements included in this course include employer events on campus.
Students on this course will get the opportunity to hear from guest lecturers.
Students on this course are able to apply for the Chancellor Yunus Scholarship.