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 (subject to programme accreditation). 

Please note: this programme is subject to revalidation.

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 (subject to programme accreditation).

Study Details:

MA/PGDip/PGCert 1 year

Module Details:


  • Applied Research Skills 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
  • Charity and the Legal Environment  Optional
  • International Non-Governmental Organisation Optional
  • International Strategic Management Optional
  • Social Entrepreneurship Optional

Student Destinations

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.


Home/EU: £4,500 International: £13,650

Entry Requirements

2:2 Previous degree required

Students are expected to have at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

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.

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