MSc Social Enterprise


Program Description

This Masters in Social Enterprise helps to meet the ongoing challenges of commercial viability, innovation and sustainability. It’s a new and exciting course aimed at professionals working within social enterprises, advisors, officials, development officers and sector representatives. The course is also a good choice for anyone wishing to develop a career or an interest in social enterprise.

With a focus on the things that matter to social enterprises, you’ll learn how to deliver excellent service and high social value, build and maintain stakeholder support, secure funding, and measure and communicate success. These are set in the wider context in which social enterprises operate, including political, market and community contexts. With flexibility built into the course, you can opt to gain expertise in specific sectors or functional areas of business depending on your own personal requirements or the needs of your organisation.

The MSc course offers opportunities to gain specialised expertise in key sectors such as health, social care, housing, education, sport, culture and the environment, or in key functional areas such as finance, HRM, marketing, public relations or operational management. The inbuilt flexibility of the course means that these aspects can be tailored to the needs of each individual student. Prior learning and experience will be fully assessed and accredited.

The course culminates with a supported project to conduct research and development within the social enterprise sector in Scotland and beyond.

Top reasons to study with us

  1. The in-built flexibility of the course means you can tailor aspects to your own career aspirations.
  2. A formal qualification will help to further your career, your work and your organisation’s contribution to society.
  3. You can put your learning into practice on a supported project to conduct research and development.

Course details

At the heart of the course are four core modules, each taught over three full days. They provide content on important themes such as:

  • Social innovation
  • Social value
  • Social responsibility
  • Social capital
  • Social networks
  • Legal identities
  • Finance/Investment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Communications and social media
  • Leadership
  • Strategic management
  • Governance
  • Stakeholder participation


Delivery will be a mix of full-day teaching and online resource support. Teaching days will be spread at regular intervals throughout each semester.

On each core module, a day is dedicated to a ‘Masterclass’ for the social enterprise sector in Scotland. You’ll work with detailed case studies and input from industry representatives to provide a high-quality learning experience. This is further enhanced with a range of web-based resources to support and reinforce learning on the course.


Assessment will be through a mix of coursework, presentations, online participation and an important social enterprise research project. The project will contribute to the Social Enterprise Laboratory at Stirling.

Classroom hours

You’ll attend classes on campus for three full days per module per semester, plus online participation.

We do have flexible options where you can attend a single master class (one full day), a single module, or up to two modules per semester part-time.

Course director

Richard Simmons
+44 (0) 1786 467681

Fees - 2020/2021

  • Home/EU: £6,000
  • Overseas: £15,250
Last updated Aug 2020

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About the School

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