Taught course

Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment

City, University of London · Cass Business School

Entry requirements

Students for all five courses in the Charities Masters Programme will be highly motivated graduates who bring with them a wide range of professional competence, skills and experience from a wide range of charitable and not-for-profit organisations. Gender is evenly balanced across all the courses and there are no age barriers. Students will normally have a good first degree, a related professional qualification or at least three years, wholly relevant experience. If you have more than three years relevant experience, two professional references are acceptable.

Months of entry

October, April

Course content

There is a growing recognition, that in addition to a common body of knowledge all managers need in order to succeed, there are critical specialist areas for managers which provide a sound understanding of all aspects of their work and a springboard for further career progression.
This charity degree course is the first of its kind in the UK and Europe and reflects the increasing interest in funding and the need for transparency and accountability. Students will hold responsible positions within funding organisations wishing to gain a professional academic qualification.

Information for international students

Proven competence in spoken and written English (O-level/GCSE English or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, IELTS or TOEFL) is also required. A minimum score of 7 in IELTS, 600 in TOEFL (250 computer-based) is required.

Fees and funding

Course fees and expenses
Course fees: The course fees for all five courses within the Charities Programme are payable at the start of the academic year. The fee for the Postgraduate Diploma is £5,850. A deposit of £400 is payable on acceptance of a place. For self-paying students, the balance is payable in two instalments, the first during the registration process in September and the second at the end of January. For those converting the Diploma to MSc a further £3,150 is payable in one instalment at the beginning of the second year.
Students on the Postgraduate Diploma who are sponsored by their employer will need to complete a sponsorship form as part of the application process. An invoice for the full fees will be sent to the employer in October. If the employer is a charity, they can request payment in two instalments by contacting the person named on the invoice. This arrangement allows the charity to spread the fees across two financial years..
For Postgraduate Certificate: £2,925. A deposit of £400 is payable on acceptance of a place and the balance is payable on registration.
Salary Sacrifice Scheme: Please note that self-funded students are able to gain substantial savings on the cost of course fees if they participate in a 'Salary Sacrifice Scheme' with their employer. Students who set up a salary sacrifice scheme with their employer will also need to submit a sponsorship form as part of their application process.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months


part time
18 months


part time
6 months

Course contact details

Professor Paul Palmer
+44 (0) 20 7040 5114
+44 (0) 20 7040 8685