Taught course

Social Enterprise

University of Stirling · Faculty of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Formal entrance requirements would normally include a first degree with second class honours or above. In recognition of the unconventional backgrounds of some social entrepreneurs, these entrance requirements are relaxed in relation to these courses. Each applicant is assessed on a case-by-case basis. The prior learning and experience of each candidate is taken into account. The University is keen to celebrate the achievements of the many talented people working within the social enterprise sector, and this may be formally accredited on submission of a portfolio of evidence. In this way, students may be admitted to the course with up to 60 ‘entry credits’, subject to approval. This recognition and the number of entry credits awarded depend on the submission of a portfolio of relevant evidence.

Months of entry


Course content

A formal qualification in Social Enterprise will help to further your career, your work and your organisation’s contribution to society.

The MSc focuses on things that matter to social enterprises: delivering excellent services and high social value, building and maintaining stakeholder support, securing investment, and measuring and communicating success. These are set in the wider context in which social enterprises operate, including political, market and community contexts.

The MSc in Social Enterprise is a new and exciting course aimed at professionals working within social enterprises, advisors, officials, development officers and sector representatives and those wishing to develop a career or an interest in social enterprise. The goal of the course is to support the vitality of the sector, provide advanced expertise and equip the sector to meet the challenges of innovation and sustainability.

The course offers opportunities to gain specialised expertise in key sectors such as health, social care, housing, education, sport, culture and the environment, or in key functional areas such as finance, HRM, marketing, public relations or operational management. The in-built flexibility of the course means that these aspects can be tailored to the needs of each individual student. Prior learning and experience will be fully assessed and accredited.

The course culminates with a supported project to conduct research and development within the social enterprise sector.

Fees and funding

The Faculty of Social Sciences is committed to investing in academically talented students, enabling them to further their education with a reputable qualification from one of the many degree courses on offer at the University of Stirling. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies at the University of Stirling


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


full time
6 months

Course contact details

Richard Simmons
+44 (0) 1786 466314