This course will be held at the Medway Campus
This programme is the UK’s first Master's in Philanthropic Studies. It is an innovative online course that builds on our expertise and teaching in civil society, fundraising, philanthropy, the third sector and volunteering.
Our programme meets demands for better higher educational provision for the charity workforce, as well as demands from donors for greater understanding of the meaning and purpose of philanthropy. It is delivered by academics trained in a wide range of relevant disciplines including social policy, business, history, sociology, geography, moral philosophy, anthropology, law and economics.
The programme also draws significantly on expertise from beyond the University, including teaching contributions from leading philanthropy experts, advisers, consultants, grant-makers, fundraisers and strategic philanthropists.
The team at Kent is led by Dr Beth Breeze - author of the annual ‘Million Pound Donor Report’, co-author of Richer Lives: Why Rich People Give, and frequent contributor to charity sector and media debates.
This programme will be attractive to students seeking a high-level understanding of philanthropy and/or a career in the buoyant philanthropy sector, as well as to professionals seeking an opportunity to reflect on their practice.
The programme is distance learning with occasional seminar attendance at either our Medway or Canterbury campuses.
Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/769/philanthropic-studies
This programme is offered as a distance-learning course, with an optional three-day induction at the start of each year, and one study day per term, held at our Canterbury campus. All course work is completed online, where you participate in online discussion forums and have access to journal articles and specialist materials. After successful completion of the assignment, the module is equivalent to 20 credits at Master’s level.
We offer a ‘modular’ system so that you can choose whether to study three modules to gain a PG Certificate or six modules to gain a PG Diploma. There is also the opportunity to study any one module as a taster before committing to a full Certificate, Diploma or Master’s programme.
Each module comprises:
- Study days, which will feature guest lectures and question and answer sessions from key academics and practitioners.
- Short online lectures
- Short video/audio recordings from key academic experts
- Short video/audio recordings from a range of practitioner sources
- Online seminars
- Weekly guided study using a range of academic sources
- Student-led discussion using online forums
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
You take three compulsory modules:
- Fundamentals of Philanthropy – introducing you to key conceptual approaches and mapping how philanthropy has evolved over time.
- Global Philanthropy: Comparative Perspectives – studying philanthropy around the world to understand the diversity of cultural, social and political contexts that influence the understanding and practice of philanthropy.
- Understanding Social Research – preparation for your dissertation through the introduction of research methodologies and developing a critical understanding of how to employ different techniques.
Optional modules include:
- The Art and Science of Fundraising – understanding the nature of fundraising and how asking interacts with giving, plus thorough instruction on the techniques, knowledge and attributes required by development professionals.
- Advising Donors – covering the growing body of research on the role of advisers and consultants in supporting more effective philanthropy, designed with the needs of community foundation staff in mind.
- Volunteering and Society – exploring volunteering and its role in society, by looking at volunteer motivations, strategies for volunteer management, and the relationship between volunteering and the changing policy environment.
Programme Learning Outcomes:
- An advanced critical understanding of the major theories of philanthropy and how these relate to practice.
- A systematic understanding of the historical evolution of philanthropy and charity across the world and how these relate to and impact upon current debates.
- An advanced knowledge of the range of funding streams available to charitable organisations and the impact and consequences of pursuing different types of income.
- A comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of key techniques used in the philanthropy sector.
- A critical awareness of the policy environment in which philanthropy and charitable organisations operate and how this impacts upon their work.
- A practical understanding of the rationale and methods for collaborating with a range of stakeholders, including colleagues, trustees, volunteers, donors, funders, beneficiaries and representatives of statutory funders.
- An advanced knowledge of qualitative methods for researching outcomes and applying best practice.
- An advanced knowledge of quantitative methods for researching outcomes and applying best practice.
- A comprehensive understanding of how to apply theoretical knowledge in order to reflect upon and develop professional practice.
- Participation in ’online learning environment’ forums
- Coursework assignments
- Reflective learning logs
- Professional documents including audits, business cases, strategic plans and critical appraisals
- Mid-module quizzes
- Dissertation (supported by regular Skype meetings and at least one face to face meeting)
SSPSSR has a long and distinguished history, and is one of the largest and most successful social science research communities in Europe.
Based on our results in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, research in the School was ranked 2nd for research power in the UK by the Times Higher Education. It was also 3rd for research intensity, 5th for research impact and 5th for research quality (GPA) with:
- an impressive 94% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF
- 99% of the research submitted was judged to be of international quality
- the School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research, gaining the highest possible score of 100%.
This reflects that when not on campus or teaching, our staff actively engage in research activities such as writing books, speaking at conferences, and contributing to academic and professional journals.
Our research work also involves supervising PhD students who also teach on the programme, some of which are graduates of the School. Students with an interest in further study are actively encouraged and valued as part of a department that offers the best in teaching and research.
Understanding philanthropy is a crucial skill for anyone aspiring to be effective in a role in a charity or grant-making body or as a philanthropist. The knowledge and skills that you gain through this Master's programme will equip you with an essential and highly practical understanding of the history, methodologies and impact of philanthropic activity.
The distance learning delivery of the Master’s programme enables you to fit learning around your life and work commitments and you have the chance to apply your knowledge as you progress. Each cohort contains a unique mix of experiences and professions, providing a valuable opportunity for information exchange and networking.
Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/
Applicants should have a first degree, attaining a 2.1 or equivalent in a social science discipline and must satisfy the School’s minimum English language requirements of IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component), from a qualification taken within the last two years.