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Philanthropic Studies (Distance Learning) PCert, PDip, MA

Philanthropic Studies (Distance Learning) PCert, PDip, MA

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Humanities / General Studies / Combined Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This is an innovative online course that builds on our expertise and teaching in civil society, fundraising, philanthropy, the third sector and volunteering. This 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. 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. 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. 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. To obtain the Master's qualification you will complete a 60-credit dissertation module.

Different course options

Distance with attendance | Canterbury Campus | 2 years | SEP

Study mode

Distance with attendance

Duration

2 years

Start date

SEP

Modules

Here, you focus on promoting the skills of the professional practitioner to become and effective user of research findings with a view to the enhancement of quality service outcomes, Sessions concentrate on the analysis of literature in order to inform evidence-based practice. You become familiar with critical appraisal tools and statistics principles used to analyse data. The module culminates in a forum designed to promote dialogue regarding the extent of external evidence based from systematic research and how this can be applied to improve outcomes within your area of professional practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fees for MA is £3275; £1090 for PgCert; £2183 for PgDip. For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fees for MA is £3275; £1090 for PgCert; £2183 for PgDip. For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students will normally have a minimum requirement of a 2:1 honours degree or higher in a social science or related subject. Applicants with good degrees in other subjects and experience working or volunteering in the philanthropic or charitable sectors will also be considered. In exceptional circumstances we will consider students with lower grade honours degrees if they can demonstrate significant experience working or volunteering in the philanthropic or charitable sectors. In exceptional circumstances we will consider students who do not have a degree if they can demonstrate significant experience working or volunteering in the philanthropy or charitable sectors. We may in these circumstances ask for examples of recent written work to help make admission decisions. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.