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The course provides an in-depth grounding in charity governance, management and finance, and will provide options that can be tailored towards professional individual needs.

Please note: this programme is subject to revalidation.

Why study Charity Management?

The Charity Sector periodically receives bad press coverage on the lack of professionalism within the industry. This programme is specifically designed to redress this issue and provide a pathway for career development within the non-profit sector and to cover the range of specialist knowledge not found within traditional MBA or postgraduate management programmes.

Why St Mary's?

The Programme at St Mary's University covers a wide range of topics and final year specialisations not found in any other UK University. Students on the programme get to network and share ideas with managers and senior managers from a variety of both national and international charities.

The MA in Charity Management will provide an in-depth grounding in charity governance and finance, and will provide options that can be tailored towards professional individual needs.

Participation in the course will enable students to demonstrate an awareness of social, political, legal, economic and technological issues affecting national and international charitable organisations.

All teaching staff on the course have either worked or are currently working within the charity sector; they have a total of over 50 years of experience in the sector. Consequently, they bring with them a wealth of real-life experience.

The programme has also been attracting an increasing number of international students.

Teaching methods

Teaching will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons for full-time students. For part-time students, classes will be on a Wednesday afternoon (first year) and a Tuesday afternoon (second year). 

Assessment methods

Assessment will take place primarily through coursework, presentations, vivas and there is one examination for the Charity Finance and Investment module.

Key facts

  • Designed to provide charity managers with the expert knowledge to ensure the charity achieves its charitable aims and provides a comprehensive service to the end-users
  • In-depth grounding in charity governance, management and finance.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the ethical governance and strategic issues relating to charity management.
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

Course content


  • Charity and the Law 
  • Charity Finance and Investment 
  • Governance and Management 
  • International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGO) 
  • Marketing and Fundraising  
  • Research Methods and Dissertation 
  • Social Entrepreneurship 
  • Strategic Management 
Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional- you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

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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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Home/EU: £4,500
International: £13,650

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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


Please note: the tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2017/18 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 10% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study for an MA, MSc or MRes.

Further informtion

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.

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