Gain specialist knowledge around social enterprise and sustainability to become the social business leaders of tomorrow
Learn to develop creative and original solutions to address key social problems
Opportunity to take a live Business Innovation Project and prepare you for a career in social businesses
This programme will increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of national and international social business models and sustainable marketing functions. More specifically, it aims to achieve the following:
The course is block delivered and there are six entry points per year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.
Salford Business School has one of the most flexible suites of post-graduate taught programmes in the UK.
For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:
The dissertation can be undertaken within a company, a sponsoring organisation, or investigate an area which is of interest to you. Study is undertaken in the UK, or sometimes overseas – some international students may possibly return to their country to work on an industrial research project.
If you are on the part-time course, you will be able to register for individual modules as part of CPD. The following example shows how the course could be taken on a part-time basis over two years:
Year 1 - Semester 1
Social Business, 30 credits
Marketing and Services Management, 30 credits
Marketing International Business: Branding, Communications and Relationships, 30 credits
Year 2 - Semester 1
Search and Social Media Marketing, 30 credits
Semesters 2 & 3
Business Innovation Project
Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate International Management.
A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.
Where a student has gained a recognised Honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.
Normally IELTS 6.5 with no individual element below 5.5, or equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test, (SELT).
If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University. Please search for English in Course Finder.
This programme is suitable for those who do not necessarily have a background in business or business-related studies, and who wish to develop their knowledge of social business, sustainability and marketing.
This course is also ideal if you are passionate about working in the third sector, and is also highly recommended if you are already working in this sector and want to further your career.
Social businesses are renowned for their innovative ideas and their enthusiasm towards solving social problems. Therefore, you should be creative and enthusiastic about helping society to become a better place. This programme will also suit you if you are a self-starter, flexible and willing to work as part of a team.
The course is delivered in four blocks of three-day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block.
Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities.
Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, case studies, exams, online tests, group reports and portfolio work.
Morven has over 20 years industry (agriculture/food) and academic experience. She is the Director of the Centre for Social Business and has a wide range of related research activities in the area of socially responsible management and ethical consumer behaviour. Her recent publications are featured on SEEK (http://www.seek.salford.ac.uk/profiles/MMcEachern.jsp).
Other academics noted on the Centre for Social Business webpage (http://www.salford.ac.uk/business-school/research/centre-for-social-business/who-we-are/members) are also involved in the teaching/guest speakers on this course.
Dr. Peter Reeves is a Lecturer at Salford Business School and Programme Leader for MSc Marketing and MSc Social Business and Sustainable Marketing.. At MSc level he has taught Marketing and Services Management, Strategic Marketing Management, Brand Management, Marketing Management, Strategic Management and Managing Customers and Markets. He has taught extensively on the postgraduate block release intensive module delivery at University of Salford Media City Campus, and has considerable expertise in e-learning methodologies. He is an experienced external examiner with external examination appointments to Kingston University (Postgraduate) and New Bucks University (Undergraduate). He has also been external advisor to University of Northampton for the Periodic Subject Review of Marketing and Entrepreneurship programmes.
His main research interests include political marketing and brand marketing. His work has been published in peer reviewed journals and he is a regular presenter and contributor to major research conferences. His work has been published in journals such as; European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Brand Management and Journal of Non-profit and Public Sector Marketing. He is also Guest Editor for a 2016 special edition of the Journal of Customer Behaviour entitled: Political Marketing: Voters, political parties, candidates and elections. He served on the Editorial (Advisory) Board of the Journal of Marketing Management (2010-2016). Dr. Reeves is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Fellow Member of the Academy of Marketing Science and Member of the Academy of the Marketing (MAM). He is a successful doctoral supervisor, and has actively supervised varied PhD projects to successful completion.
If you have any questions about the programme please contact Dr. Reeves on
Tel No: 0161 295 5720
Generally there are two career routes open to graduates:
This is a new course therefore, no examples of career routes for our graduates are offered. However, it is envisaged that students completing this programme will seek employment either via the creation of their own social enterprise or gain employment with NGOs, public sector, charities or government.
Through the Centre for Social Business, this course team maintains excellent relations with local, national and international social businesses and employers.Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders.
Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide our students with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.
In addition to the events organized by the Centre for Social Business, Salford Business School also operates a guest lecture series which allows you the chance to mix with professionals from industry, make connections, set up placements and conduct research.
After completion of this MSc, interested students can continue their studies and gain a PhD in an area relating to Social Business.
The corresponding Centre for Social Business particularly welcomes PhD proposals in any area of social business. To discuss a PhD, business or study proposal, please contact the Director, Dr Morven McEachern on +44 (0)161 295 4095 (email@example.com).
All postgraduate research applications should follow the University of Salford’s guidelines and be sent via the College Research Team - see how to apply for a Business PhD.
Fees for entry in 2017-18 will be published as soon as possible.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£1,250 per 30 credits|
|Full-time International||£13,300, part-time £2,217 per 30 credits|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Thanks to the generosity of Ede & Ravenscroft, the University is able to offer a £1000 scholarship to a potential student interested in studying the MSc in Social Business and Sustainable Marketing.
Designed to support the University’s social business agenda, this award is open to UK, EU and International students interested in this new course.
Interested applicants should complete the course application form on-line and at the same time download and complete the summary form and email directly to Dr Morven McEachern, Director of the Centre for Social Business.
The deadline for applicants will be the 30 June 2015, and the recipient must have registered for the MSc course by this time. The winning application will be judged by a panel from the Centre for Social Business and the University Advancement Office.
We also offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section
Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre.
Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with views across the campus. Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces. MediaCityUK is a core teaching facility for the Business School and a vibrant place in which to socialise and study. Home to major BBC and ITV departments, the University of Salford and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors, MediaCityUK is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain.
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