Taught course

Social Innovation

Institution
University of Northampton · School of Social Sciences
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

We are looking for perceptive, entrepreneurial and creative candidates who are self-motivated, passionate and enthusiastic about Social Innovation. Applicants will normally have an honours degree with a first or upper second classification in an appropriate subject. As part of the application process students will attend an interview.‚Äč

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Social innovation Master’s degree has been designed to offer a distinctive, innovative qualification that builds skills and competence within the social enterprise sector, alongside developing investable and marketable socially enterprising solutions which address unmet social needs in original and innovative ways.

In today’s increasingly interdependent and rapidly changing world, understanding the transformations of the 21st century that are characterized by uneven development, accelerated globalization, economic uncertainty, entrenched and complex social problems requires an academic approach that is interdisciplinary and focused on both innovation and commercialisation.

he Programme aims:

  • to develop skills and leadership capability within organisations across all sectors engaged in social innovation, and
  • to develop a pipeline of investable social innovations which are also marketable

The taught programme is built of eight 20 credit modules which explore particular themes with regard to social innovation and its scaling and sustaining, and a 60 credit work based synthesis module which brings together multiple perspectives into a dissertation or project of the students’ choice specific to the application of social innovation. The whole programme is based on a social venture incubation programme which addresses not only the skills development of the students but also the development of a real social venture which will be both investable and marketable. To achieve this, there will be strong tutoring support supported by access to business support, mentoring, and online resources.

​Students have the opportunity to structure their own learning in a way that benefits their personal development and the development of the organisation in which they are employed.

The MA Social Innovation comprises of four compulsory modules, specific to this programme, and five designated modules, of which students must successfully complete three.

Students can also study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Innovation. To be eligible for this award, the student must successfully complete all compulsory modules (except SOCM069) plus three designated modules.

Students can also complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Innovation. To obtain this qualification the student must successfully complete all compulsory modules apart from SOCM069.

Course modules (16/17):

Personal Development for Change and Innovation - Core module Y

Policy and Impact of Social Innovation - Core module Y

Social innovation in Practice - Core module Y

Marketing Social Innovation - Core module N

Bold Procurement and Commissioning - Core module N

Accounting and Finance in Social Innovation - Core module N

Leading Social Innovation - Core module N

Work-based Project (Negotiated) - Core module N

Work Based Synthesis - Core module Y (This module is worth 60 credits)

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions
Email
study@northampton.ac.uk
Phone
01604 735500
Fax
01604 713029