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Dermot Kelly

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This course develops your management potential ready for the competitive challenges ahead of the Third Sector and includes a certificate awarded by the Chartered Management Institute. 

Why study Charity Management?

Charities and voluntary services are often berated by the media for poor management decisions. This label is compounded by them being part of a third sector: below the private and public sectors. Smaller charities face increased competition for funds and publicity, and limited frontline resources.

This Charity Management course offers a fresh and positive outlook for the sector, recognising the vital role that charities and volunteers play in society.

You will learn contemporary management and business techniques - underpinned by ethics and responsible management practices - to help charities thrive in a competitive environment.

The programme will help develop your management potential and will equip you for any future challenges the sector faces. On completing your Master's degree, you will also gain an accredited award from the Chartered Management Institute .

Why St Mary's?

As one of few postgraduate courses of its kind in the country, our Master's in Charity Management programme has a strong record in graduate employability and attracts international interest.

The programme is also enhanced by:

  • Small class sizes and cohorts that offer a supportive and welcoming environment for all learners
  • Exchanges of insights from peers and experienced academics offering real-life experiences of current issues affecting charities and voluntary services
  • Guest lectures, seminars and workshops capitalising on our links to charities and social enterprises
  • A dedicated team of lecturers and professors with decades of experience in shaping this sector and helping to make a difference.
  • Unrivalled networking opportunities by making lifelong contacts with our internationally diverse community of students and academics

We actively encourage research, analysis and debate, highlighting your own experience of charities. This is designed to give real-life insights that help support your progress as an effective charity manager.

Teaching methods

You will be expected to conduct individual study, as well as attend formal scheduled weekly lectures, as follows:

  • Full-time students: two days per week (usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
  • Part-time students: one day per week

We will provide you with key tools: our online portal, SIMMSpace and access to our extensive electronic resources and business databases, as well as many other research sources.

You will be welcome to attend guest lectures from our visiting professors and growing research community, who often present enlightening perspectives on issues in business, management and law.

Assessment methods

Assessment will take place primarily through coursework, presentations and vivas. There is also an examination as part of the Charity Finance and Investment module.

Key facts

  • Many of our graduates and alumni gain promotion within the charity sector
  • Our programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and includes the award of the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership
  • We are one of a few universities in the UK offering postgraduate management education applicable to charities and voluntary sector organisations
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

Course content

Modules

  • Applied Research Skills Core
  • Charity and the Legal Environment  Core
  • Charity Finance and Investment Core
  • Consultancy Project/Research Project Core
  • Governance and Statutory Accounting Core
  • Responsible Management and Leadership in a Global Economy Core
  • Social Marketing and Fundraising Strategy  Core
  • International Non-Governmental Organisation Optional
  • International Strategic Management Optional
  • Social Entrepreneurship Optional
Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the Programme Specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

Students on the programme, both past and present, have successfully experienced promotion within the not-for-profit sector. Several alumni have become CEOs of their charities. The programme has been rated No.1 in the UK for employability amongst equivalent specialist charity courses by Destinations Interactive.

To ensure that students benefit from the Master's programme, it is advisable that they work (paid or unpaid) for a charitable organisation whilst on the course.

For those students not currently engaged with a non profit organisation, we have prepared a list of charities that offer voluntary positions. There are no guarantees that voluntary positions will be available.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

Facilities

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Home/EU: £7,000
International: £13,650

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Funding

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please contact dermot.kelly@stmarys.ac.uk.

Further information

Previous dissertations

Students are encouraged to develop and research contemporary dissertation topics as part of the MA programme. These titles include:

  • Small and medium-sized national charities: is the relationship symbiotic or parasitic?
  • Charity begins at home: An examination of the extent to which UK individual donations to charities will be affected by the economic downturn.
  • A study on the Extent of Compliance with SORP 2005 by Charities.
  • Global Perspectives on Charitable Giving. Are People Any Different?
  • Can ‘Big Society’ Manage the environment? Parks as a case study.
  • A sledgehammer to crack a nut (or juggernaut to transport a pansy): does the Charities Act 2006 lead to the over legislation and regulation of students’ unions?
  • To establish a Self-Sustaining / Sustainable School/ Education Facility In developing Countries.
  • Trustees’ views of governance in small to medium sized charities.
  • Challenges Faced by Charities in Conflict Zones in Comparative Perspective.
  • Contemplative Christian Religious Order Charities - The Public Benefit Effect.
  • What is likely significance of the development of social enterprise for the modern charity sector? Is it a threat or opportunity?
  • Has the emphasis on Corporate Socail responsibility for SMEs and performance management for charities put them in a better place to work together?
  • The perception and practice of marketing among small to medium sized charities in the UK.
  • Why do graduates choose to begin their career in the third sector? A study of their motivational factors.
  • Major Donor Giving: A critical review of the established Donor development Pyramid Model and its applicability to current practices and experience within the UK Schools charitable sector.
  • Managing Brand reputation in Turbulence: A Case Study of the Impact of the War on Terror on Muslim Charities in the UK.
  • Impact of integrated HIV/AIDS services on service delivery from the service users’ perspective.