Social Innovation at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS

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Course summary

Available as a one-year master's or a master's with professional practice (two years). Social innovation – or the development of new ideas, services and models to better address social issues – is a concept that has become known worldwide over the last couple of decades. Social innovation often involves the empowerment of disadvantaged groups and the restructuring of power relations in the ways they are implemented. Social innovation often emerges from civil society to disrupt or pose an alternative to the status quo, such as in the form of microfinance initiatives or social enterprises and can imply new forms of collaboration that encourage new and less hierarchical relationships between government, civil society and citizens. Designed to develop your knowledge and expertise in this exciting field of study, the MSc Social Innovation from Glasgow Caledonian University shares its home with the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health - GCU's world-leading research centre. Those encouraging, facilitating and delivering social innovation, whether in the private, public or third sectors, are looking for the right mix of critical, intellectually curious and entrepreneurial scholars and practitioners who are armed with the knowledge and mindset needed to tackle some of the world's most pressing problems. As a student of the MSc in Social Innovation, you'll be a part of one of the first global communities of its kind. You will not only analyse the symptoms of our social problems, but also work to uncover sustainable solutions. The international appeal of this course ensures knowledge transfer, interactivity and group activities on an international scale and is designed to generate this wide array of knowledge and skills that are translatable into the global workplace. You will be skilled in effectively communicating issues relating to Social Innovation by participating in guest lectures from practitioners from Scotland, the rest of the UK and the EU.


Ethics, sustainability and governance; Social innovation and alternative economic forms; Transformative social science; Social innovation solutions; Postgraduate research methods; Social finance; Applied social marketing; Project management; Developing leadership for the Common Good; Master's research project

Assessment method

A range of coursework assessments are used such as individual and group-based projects and reports, the use and application of creative technologies, group presentations and self and peer review exercises.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in any subject area. English language English language: Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5. Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6No element below 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £7300 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £7300 Whole course
England £7300 Whole course
Northern Ireland £7300 Whole course
Scotland £7300 Whole course
Wales £7300 Whole course
EU £16200 Whole course
International £16200 Whole course

Additional fee information

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Sponsorship information

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

Social Innovation at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS