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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year part-time: 12 months (PgDip) 24 months (MSc)

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    £9,810 (2019/20) Tuition fees are subject to annual change

  • Last Updated

    07 January 2019

Who is it for?

You may already be working in the charity sector as a marketing and fundraising manager. Or you may wish to transfer relevant skills and knowledge from experience you've gained in other sectors.

The course will support and further develop your core marketing management skills. It will equip you to deliver efficient, effective and appropriate fundraising and marketing practice in the voluntary sector.


Charity marketeers are under pressure to deliver better-than-ever results within an ethically managed, robust and accountable strategic framework. This course has been designed specifically to meet their needs. You will study how charities are using new and existing marketing ideas to acquire and distribute resources. And you will look at the practical application of key strategic marketing concepts and planning disciplines to voluntary sector organisations.

Throughout the course you will focus on the application of a strategic marketing approach. Under the umbrella of strategy you will look at and discuss effective brand management, selecting and adopting alternative channels, and the role and types of charity marketing communications.

You will debate different approaches to fundraising alongside the important constraints of ethical best practice and contemporary regulation as they apply to charity marketing strategy.


The MSc course is taught on a part-time basis over a period of two years. Students initially enrol on the Postgraduate Diploma with the specialist area of their choice, and confirm their intention to complete the MSc at the end of the first year.

As a student you will:

  • Develop your understanding of the strategic application of the marketing paradigm in the voluntary sector.
  • Explore the practical application of key strategic marketing concepts and tools in different voluntary sector contexts
  • Understand how to design, implement and evaluate alternative fundraising strategies and techniques.
  • Build relevant marketing/fundraising management and leadership skills and analytical capabilities.
  • Gain access to a strong network and connections within the charity sector.
  • Grow your confidence in pursuing your marketing career in the sector.

Module outlines

  • Learning and Understanding the Voluntary Sector (10 credits)
  • Resource Management (30 credits)
  • Marketing and Fundraising (10 credits)
  • Strategy, Diversity and Governance (20 credits)
  • Fieldwork Exercise (20 credits)
  • Fundraising (15 credits)
  • Strategic Charity Marketing (15 credits)

Assessment methods

The Postgraduate Diploma is offered on a part time basis and is taught over a period of 12 months. The Diploma consists of four core modules plus three specialist pathway modules. The core modules are shared by all five Centre for Charity Effectiveness postgraduate courses.

Upon successful completion of the diploma, you will be given the option to continue to the MSc. This requires completion of the Research Methods for Managers module.

This can be followed by a further six months of personal, supervised research and the presentation of a 15,000-word dissertation.

Alternatively, you can opt to take a taught Masters which allows you to choose specialist modules from one of the other Charities programmes.

Career pathways

Students are selected on their professional experience, and generally continue working in their full–time role whilst undertaking this course.

PG Loans

You may wish to look at the PG Loan option for funding.

Visit the Charity Marketing and Fundraising (PgDip/MSc) page on the Cass Business School website for more details!





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