Charity Management MA, PGDip, PGCert – St. Mary’s

Subject Area
St Mary's University

This course develops your management potential ready for the competitive challenges ahead of the Third Sector and includes a certificate awarded by the Chartered Management Institute. 

Why study Charity Management?

Charities and voluntary services are often berated by the media for poor management decisions. This label is compounded by them being part of a third sector: below the private and public sectors. Smaller charities face increased competition for funds and publicity, and limited frontline resources.

This Charity Management course offers a fresh and positive outlook for the sector, recognising the vital role that charities and volunteers play in society.

You will learn contemporary management and business techniques – underpinned by ethics and responsible management practices – to help charities thrive in a competitive environment.

The programme will help develop your management potential and will equip you for any future challenges the sector faces. On completing your Master’s degree, you will also gain an accredited award from the Chartered Management Institute .

  • Many of our graduates and alumni gain promotion within the charity sector
  • Our programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and includes the award of the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership
  • We are one of a few universities in the UK offering postgraduate management education applicable to charities and voluntary sector organisations
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have current experience (either paid or voluntary) in the charity management sector. They must also provide an appropriate written reference from a relevant charitable organisation that clearly demonstrates that they are currently working within the Third Sector in either in a paid or unpaid position.

Mature students with managerial experience within a charitable organisation but with limited educational qualifications will also be considered.

International requirements

International students should check country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

Course Structure & Modules

Applied Research Skills Core
Charity and the Legal Environment Core
Charity Finance and Investment Core
Consultancy Project/Research Project Core
Governance and Statutory Accounting Core
Responsible Management and Leadership in a Global Economy Core
Social Marketing and Fundraising Strategy Core
International Non-Governmental Organisation Optional
International Strategic Management Optional
Social Entrepreneurship Optional

Career Opportunities

Students on the programme, both past and present, have successfully experienced promotion within the not-for-profit sector. Several alumni have become CEOs of their charities. The programme has been rated No.1 in the UK for employability amongst equivalent specialist charity courses by Destinations Interactive.

To ensure that students benefit from the Master’s programme, it is advisable that they work (paid or unpaid) for a charitable organisation whilst on the course.

For those students not currently engaged with a non profit organisation, we have prepared a list of charities that offer voluntary positions. There are no guarantees that voluntary positions will be available.

Course Fee

2019/20 fees

Home/EU: £8,320
International: £13,650
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The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2018 and 2019 remain eligible for ‘home fee status’ and can access financial support.