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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    For Academic Year 19/20 only:

    Full Time: £7,300
    Part Time: £810 per 20 credits

  • Last Updated

    18 September 2019

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.

Course Details

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.

The 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.


Assessment is 100% coursework. Module assessments will require fieldwork, research and practical application. Central to the learning strategy is the theme of students taking a high degree of responsibility for their own learning within a context of a work-based learning approach, which enables students to develop themselves and their ideas for social innovation within their own workplace context and gain academic credit for this activity.

Course Content

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise.

Core Modules:

  • Marketing Social Innovation
  • Social Innovation in Practice 
  • Policy and Impact of Social Innovation
  • Leading Social Innovation 
  • Personal Development for Change and Innovation
  • Accounting and Finance in Social Innovation
  • Innovation Synthesis (60 Credits)

Facilities & Special Features

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.

For a full breakdown of the course materials and modules please see the MA Social Innovation NILE site.


On successful completion of the programme, students will have the skills, knowledge and contacts to further progress their social venture and make a real difference in their communities.

Visit the Social Innovation - MA page on the University of Northampton website for more details!





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