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Master of Studies in Social Innovation

Course Description

The Master of Studies in Social Innovation is a part-time programme designed for practitioners for the business, public and social sectors who wish to lead innovative solutions to pressing social issues.

Students on the programme will be outstanding individuals who wish to build on their experience and expertise collaborating with colleagues across sectors.

The programme will be delivered through residential sessions and online delivery over two years.

See the website http://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/programmes/professional-practice/mst-social-innovation/

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The Master of Studies in Social Innovation is a new part time graduate programme which will launch in September 2015 and welcome its first cohort of up to 25 students in autumn 2016.

The programme is part-time over two years and includes online delivery and four residentials of a week each in Cambridge - three residentials in the first year and one residential in the second year.

The programme will provide an overview and understanding of social innovation and approaches to address social, cultural, economic, and environmental challenges and opportunities. Social innovation is becoming central to the ambitions of the corporate and public sectors as well as the NGO/social sector, therefore the programme will examine social innovation within each sector as well as the pressing need to work in collaboration to tackle the 'wicked problems' the globe faces.

The Master of Studies (MSt) will provide an open environment for critical dialogue. The aim is to be highly interactive with workshops, case studies, subject experts, and practitioners engaging in the discussion of key concepts, theories, frameworks, and emerging ideas for creating, developing, and enabling social innovation in the public, private and social sectors in the UK and internationally.

In recognition of the fact that social innovation occurs across all sectors, the MSt will be aimed at middle and senior level leaders in NGOs, public bodies and the private sector. You will form a key part of a strategy to engage with individuals and organisations working specifically to develop novel 'solutions' to deep-rooted problems of poverty and inequality in both rich and poor countries.

You will complete three taught modules in year one and one taught module, plus a dissertation, in year two.


Modules 1 and 2 will be assessed by essays (5,000 words). Module 3 will be assessed by a business plan or critical case study (5,000 words) and module 5 by a research proposal (4,000 words). Each module assignment (1-4) contributes 12.5% to the final mark

Your mark for the 15,000 word dissertation contributes 50% to the final mark.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Financing your MSt

- CJBS bursaries -

A number of bursaries will be available for the MSt in Social innovation for UK students from the social or public sector, and are likely to be awarded to those from organisations with limited resources.

- The 30% Club Scholarship -

Two 30% Club scholarships will be available for women in the corporate sector: http://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/programmes/professional-practice/mst-social-innovation/fees-financing/the-30-club-scholarships/

Students invited to interview will be given further information on how to apply for this funding.

- Other funding -

The University's Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) lists a number of possible sources of funding for part-time study. Visit the ICE website to find out more http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/studying-with-us/information-for-students/fees-and-funding/financial-support .

Although the University of Cambridge has a variety of funding schemes administered by offices, departments, faculties, institutions and colleges, please note that the majority of them are not available to part-time students undertaking Master of Studies or Postgraduate Certificate courses. Find out more about potential funding from the University http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/ .

Visit the Master of Studies in Social Innovation page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

At least as 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent standard from an overseas institution. Applicants should have at least two years' work experience (excluding vacation employment and internships during the course of their undergraduate degree).

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