Global Social Development Management (with Professional Experience) MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

HLST201

Study options:

20 months full-time with professional experience

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences


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Overview

The United Nations’ global strategy is to empower communities to help themselves and deliver 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. This challenging target is at the heart of the work of many of the estimated 10 million Non Governmental Organisations around the world.

This Master’s course is designed to develop future managers for social development organisations that are working on this agenda. Skills development is central to the course which includes an international placement providing management experience in this field. This builds on knowledge of collaborative working, risk management, financial management, project management, decision-making, social development, organisations and using technology fostered through experiential learning.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is partnered with the following bodies:

Global Vision International


SAVE Foundation

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

This course includes the Global Professional Development – Creativity, Change and Innovation module which was developed in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Students who pass this module will be eligible for CMI membership.

Course information

This course is designed to enable you to demonstrate knowledge, expertise and skills that will contribute to the learning of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), charities, voluntary sector organisations (VCOs) and policy makers in tackling complex social problems in challenging environments across the world.

Developed with the collaboration with NGOs and stakeholder organisations, the course is founded on principles of empowerment and self-determination.

Using a range of simulation, case studies and gamification techniques, you will be supported to develop your negotiation, leadership, team working and management skills and have the opportunity to learn how to lead a range of interventions to support the achievement of social justice and sustainable development. You will be provided with a mobile device to enhance your skills in using technology within management,

The course is offered full-time over 5 semesters (approximately 20 months). Semesters 1 and 2 are based at Coventry University and focus on supporting you to develop your social development knowledge and managerial skills as well as preparing you for your professional experience. Semesters 3 and 4 (semester 1 of year 2) include a mandatory professional experience component within an international social development organisation initially in Cape Town, South Africa. For the final semester of the course you will return to Coventry University to complete project work and the Global Professional Development module.

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Contemporary Social Development
    • Developing Global Leadership
    • Management of Non-Governmental and Volunteer Organisations
    • Preparation for Professional Deployment

  • Semester 2

    • Mobile Technology for Dynamic Leadership
    • Managing Data for Decision Making and Research
    • Finance, Resource and Project Management
    • Managing Risk and Opportunity in a Global Context

  • Semester 3

    • Professional Management Experience 1

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Professional Management Experience 2

  • Semester 2

    • Professional Management Experience Project
    • Global Professional Development - Creativity, Change, and Innovation

Overview

This course includes two semesters of international professional experience.

In more detail...

Recognising that social development is undertaken in what we consider to be challenging environments, the course is comprised of three phases:

  • The first phase is on-campus at Coventry University and focuses on building social development knowledge and management skills and preparing you for your international social development experience.
  • The second phase is your professional experience within a social development organisation which will give you the opportunity to practice your learning form phase one. Further, it will provide you with an opportunity to develop your leadership skills and capabilities in a workplace.
  • The final phase is designed to consolidate all of your learning and professional experience into a major final project.

Much of the theoretical knowledge will be shared in the course’s online learning environment, offering you flexible learning and access to key learning material throughout your studies. On campus, the learning from these materials will be explored, reflected upon and embedded through group activity and discussion.

Whilst on placement, you will receive tutorial support to make links between your practical and academic learning.

The course uses assessment types such as reports, presentations, meta-analysis and storyboards to enable you to articulate your knowledge in a range of ways that support authenticity and creativity, while developing key employability skills.

Your studies and professional experience will culminate in a final project consolidating all learning throughout your studies. This project is not viewed as the end of the journey, but as the beginning of one; its purpose being for you to consider how you can make a positive impact as you move forward, using the opportunity of the project as a starting point in this process. You will be encouraged to explore the use of non-traditional information communication methods such as video production, online artefacts and marketing campaigns.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The principles of empowerment, self-determination and collaborative leadership.
  • The application of technology, data analysis and research to effect change in dynamic and complex settings.
  • The management of organisational, cultural and personal risk through assessment systems and mitigation processes.
  • Successful change management through project management techniques, leadership development and community engagement.
  • Diverse and dynamic social development contexts and practices based on critical research and reflection.
  • Cultural awareness and competency.

 

On successful completion you should be able to:

  • Evidence skills in relation to the development of core professionalism, integrity and professional responsibility;
  • Reflect on the principles of consultancy, organisational change, and the theories and practices of strategic leadership;
  • Critically evidence analytical and decision-making skills in the scoping and management of risks and opportunities in complex global environments;
  • Demonstrate inter-cultural competency, based on critical insights into ethical considerations, equality, diversity and contexts;
  • Identify, critically evaluate and utilise a range of information and data to formulate enterprising solutions to complex real-world development and management problems

You will study four modules in semester 1 and a further four in semester 2. For each of these you will attend three-hour workshops on campus over a period of eight weeks and receive two hours of tutorials.

During semesters 3 and 4 you will be on international placement lasting for 5 months. Pre- and post- placement workshops will be held on campus and during the placement you will continue to receive monthly academic tutorial support by Skype. Your day-to-day work during the placement will managed by your host organisation.

You will return to the UK for semester 5, when you will attend 12 hours of workshops for Global Professional Development and tutorials by arrangement to support the completion of your final project.

Semesters 3 and 4 include a mandatory professional experience component within a social development organisation. Initially, these placements will be in Cape Town, South Africa. The emphasis of this placement is on gaining practical and international managerial experience.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in any academic discipline. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants will be interviewed by Skype or on campus, and will be required to have DBS clearance prior to being offered a place on the course.

The general requirements for admissions are in line with University policy.

  • Applicants must normally be an honours graduate of any discipline with a 2.2 degree or above or hold an equivalent qualification acceptable to the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
  • Applicants, whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5. Alternatively, students may be admitted with IELTS 6.0 if they attend and pass a pre-sessional English course, operated by Coventry University, before joining the programme.

Applications from students who do not meet with the above entry requirements may be considered, but their degree and experience will be assessed for appropriate content at the discretion of the Course Director.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

The general requirements for admissions are in line with University policy.

  • Applicants must normally be an honours graduate of any discipline with a 2.2 degree or above or hold an equivalent qualification acceptable to the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
  • Applicants, whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5. Alternatively, students may be admitted with IELTS 6.0 if they attend and pass a pre-sessional English course, operated by Coventry University, before joining the programme.

Applications from students who do not meet with the above entry requirements may be considered, but their degree and experience will be assessed for appropriate content at the discretion of the Course Director.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee for this course includes airport collection and return in South Africa, accommodation, food and travel between accommodation and workplace during the professional experience placement.

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


January 2020

£16,700 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


January 2020

£16,700 (per year)


EU Scholarships

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Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2020

£16,700 (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Upon successful completion of the course, it is intended that graduates will have learned a range of managerial roles supporting community engagement, social development, social movement and policy formulation and delivery.

For graduates who wish to work in international sustainable development, this course intends to provide the skills and capability to drive innovation to support communities through mobilisation, NGOs, policy think tanks, government departments and the private sector and more.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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