Taught course

Social Business and Microfinance

Glasgow Caledonian University · Glasgow School for Business and Society

Entry requirements

UK honours degree 2.2 (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area. Non-standard applicants with appropriate work experience will also be considered. Find out about the university's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Months of entry


Course content

GCU's MSc Social Business and Microfinance is the first of its kind in the world. It's a programme designed for switched on, visionary people who want to change the world, jointly delivered by the Glasgow School for Business and Society and GCU's internationally recognised Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health.

Social business is driven by the underlying idea that entrepreneurship and financial tools can be used to make a positive impact for the common good. Supported by this principle, microfinance - small loans to assist entrepreneurial individuals in tough circumstances - can transform the lives of the poorest people all over the world, in both developed and developing nations.

The microfinance model has already proved successful in developing economies and is now expanding to countries such as the US and UK. You can be at the forefront of this exciting field, advancing social change and real transformation in the communities that need it most.

This one-of-a-kind programme will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to meet any challenges in this fast-changing field.

  • Explore social entrepreneurship - businesses that earn a profit while contributing to the common good - and the social economy
  • Study microfinance and management strategy
  • Practise creative and critical thinking about social problems and solutions
  • Explore international and intercultural perspectives
  • Expand your global outlook

Information for international students

Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5. If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme. International students who do not meet the academic requirements may be eligible for the International Graduate Diploma programme. Successful completion of this INTO course with the required grades means guaranteed conditional offer of a place on the degree programme at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Fees and funding

Chancellor Yunus Scholarship

Full fee scholarships are available for the MSc Social Business and Microfinance. To apply for a Chancellor Yunus Scholarship please write a 500 word statement outlining your interest in social business and microfinance, what you would bring to the programme and how an MSc in Social Business and Microfinance would enable you to drive positive social change in the future.
Please also see the funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)141 331 8630