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Social Business and Microfinance - MSc

Course Description

Social business and microfinance have the potential to transform the lives of the poorest people in both developing and developed countries.

With growing global interest of both governments and foundations, there is a real need for professionals who have the knowledge, skills and self-awareness to lead in this challenging sector characterised by rapid change and increasing diversity.

Our pioneering MSc Social Business and Microfinance will provide you with the tools to critically evaluate the power of business and to implement positive social change in global environments. You will reflect on contemporary issues facing business and society, explore international and intercultural perspectives, and engage with international research to strengthen your understanding of the global political economy, social business and the expanding microfinance sector.

Microfinance is a model that can be used to provide small loans for people who want to bring themselves out of poverty. Already successful in many developing economies, the microfinance model has now expanded to countries such the US and UK. By advancing your knowledge and expertise in the sector, you will be able to respond critically and creatively to the challenges arising in the microfinance sector.

This degree is jointly delivered by Glasgow School for Business and Society and The Yunus Centre at GCU – one of the leading international centres for research on social business, and home to world-class researchers.

Join us and hone your passion, knowledge and skills to drive social business and microfinance forward as a benefit to society as a whole.

Assessment Methods

All modules include examinations and coursework have been developed in line with learning objectives for the course.

Assessment methods vary between modules and may include: unseen examinations, class tests, written course work, presentations and group work.

Employment Details

The course is particularly suited to international students working in social businesses or planning a career in social businesses and microfinance and governmental employees seeking to develop a flourishing environment for social businesses.

However, the programme would also benefit NGO leaders and workers seeking to improve their understand the changing environment for international aid and to anyone wishing to explore aspects of social business and microfinance from a critical perspective.

Visit the Social Business and Microfinance - MSc page on the Glasgow Caledonian University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Common Good Scholarship - 20+ Awards

GCU's Common Good Scholarship allows US based students to study a Masters degree in an exiting range of subjects, at one of our modern city locations in Glasgow or London. Find out more about this exciting opportunity at: http://www.gcu.ac.uk/study/usa/commongoodscholarship

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to $2,500 to $4,700 (Approx)


Scholarships are awarded against tuition fees when a conditional or unconditional offer is made. Applicants must have applied to one of our prestigious Common Good focused graduate programmes for intake in January or September 2017.

Application Procedure

If this applies to you, you will automatically receive the fee discount when you are offered a place on your chosen course, ahead of the time of invoicing.For personal guidance and advice regarding UK study opportunities and this scholarship, contact our New York campus (Wooster Street, Manhattan).

Further Information


Entry Requirements

UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in social sciences, economics, business management, development studies, geography, politics.

Last Updated

19 October 2016

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