Master of Arts in Social Innovation


Program Description


This degree works to help you develop your ideas, scale up an organisation, developing new markets, accessing appropriate investment and developing your leadership capacity and competence.

The Social innovation Master’s degree has been designed to offer a distinctive, innovative qualification that builds skills and competence within the social enterprise sector, alongside developing investable and marketable socially enterprising solutions which address unmet social needs in original and innovative ways.

In today’s increasingly interdependent and rapidly changing world, understanding the transformations of the 21st century that are characterized by uneven development, accelerated globalization, economic uncertainty, entrenched and complex social problems requires an academic approach that is interdisciplinary and focused on both innovation and commercialisation.

The programme has been designed as a creative response to market-led demand from the social investment market, strategic actors within the provision of public services, and the social enterprise sector to address the disconnect between the social enterprise sector and the social finance and commissioning markets. The programme not only addresses the issue of investability but also its marketability and capability of the leadership within social business ventures to effect change. It builds skills and competence, alongside the development of an investable and marketable social innovation which addresses unmet social needs in original and innovative ways. On successful completion of the programme, students will have the skills, knowledge and contacts to further progress their social venture and make a real difference in their communities.

Course content

The Programme aims to develop skills and leadership capability within organisations across all sectors engaged in the social innovation and to develop a pipeline of investable social innovations which are also marketable. It is built of six modules which explore particular themes with regard to social innovation and its scaling and sustaining, and a work based synthesis module which brings together multiple perspectives into a dissertation or project of the students’ choice specific to the application of social innovation. The whole programme is based on a social venture incubation programme which addresses not only the skills development of the students but also the development of a real social venture which will be both investable and marketable. To achieve this, there will be strong tutoring support supported by access to business support, mentoring, and online resources.

The programme commences in October or January and its duration is twelve months.

Full-time students undertake 6 modules for a total of 120 credits and the Dissertation (60 credits).


  • Policy and Impact of Social innovation
  • Social Innovation in Practice
  • Personal Development for Change and Innovation
  • Marketing Social Innovation
  • Finance for Social Innovation
  • Leading Social Innovation
  • Work Based Synthesis

Entry requirements:

A degree from a recognised university at a merit level in an appropriate subject, a good IELTS score.

As this postgraduate qualification will attract professional practitioners and managers, applicants may be admitted on the basis of an assessment of meaningful and measurable prior learning or professional experience. Perceptive, entrepreneurial and creative candidates who are self-motivated, passionate and enthusiastic about Social Innovation are welcome to apply.

Last updated Jan 2018

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DEI College has been founded in 2009. However, it was operating as a liberal studies school from 1990 to 2009. It is also a part of a greater educational organization that was founded in 1967. Its gr ... Read More

DEI College has been founded in 2009. However, it was operating as a liberal studies school from 1990 to 2009. It is also a part of a greater educational organization that was founded in 1967. Its graduates are routinely employed by large Greek and International Companies. Read less