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

  • Our programme is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Upon successful completion of the programme students will be eligible for a CMI L7 qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership (subject to passing the required CMI mapped modules* and CMI moderation)
  • We are one of a few universities in the UK offering postgraduate management education applicable to charities and voluntary sector organisations.
  • Many of our graduates and alumni gain promotion within the charity sector.

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.

Dual accreditation

Completion of the degree leads to dual accreditation: Bachelor's Honours degree and Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership awarded by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Please note: students who gain a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma will not be eligible for a CMI Level 7 Certificate.

*The mapped modules are currently under review

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.

Course lead

Matt Williams headshotMatt Williams
Senior Lecturer in Charity Management

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

Students are expected to have at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

Additional requirement information

Applicants must have current experience (either paid or voluntary) in the charity management sector. They must also provide an appropriate written reference from a relevant charitable organisation that clearly demonstrates that they are currently working within the Third Sector in either in a paid or unpaid position.

Mature students with managerial experience within a charitable organisation but with limited educational qualifications will also be considered.


International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Course content

Most Charity Management tuition time is scheduled during standard business hours, however some elective modules can be outside of standard business hours.

The first six courses below are for semester 1, and the others (from Financial Management and Fundraising down) are for semester 2.


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  •  Optional
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Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

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

We will provide you with key tools: our online portal 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.

MA Charity Management professional bodies and accreditations

Assessment methods

Assessment will take place primarily through coursework, presentations and vivas.

Modes of study

Both full-time and part-time students will be studying on campus.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

September 2023

  • Home: £10,500
  • International: £16,800

The tuition fees listed are for the duration of the course. Students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree. Please see clause 5.15.2 of the Tuition Fee Regulations for further information.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

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.


Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many Home postgraduate students.

Home and International students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. 

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees 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 see our additional costs webpage

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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.