Firms across the public, private, and third sectors are all considering how environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles should inform their business strategies. Employers across all industries are looking for innovative managers to take the lead on driving sustainability, equality and inclusion objectives to ensure their businesses are shaped for ethical growth and success.
MSc Management (Social Economy) will introduce you to the main theories and strategic perspectives associated with the ‘social economy’, those organisations that promote values of sustainability, inclusivity, and equality as part of their core mission.
Most importantly, you will learn the concrete ways you can turn these theories into an empowering reality and you will have the opportunity to connect with real-life social organisations in the public, third, and community sectors.
On this course you will learn not just the theory of what a social economy means, what sustainability and fairness look like, but also how you could make these a reality within organisations you might run or work for.
MSc Management (Social Economy) is perfect if you do not have a first degree in business, or relevant work experience in management. In your first term, you will study a core portfolio of modules that give you a firm basis in management and organisational issues.
You will then move on to study specialist modules on social economy exploring issues such as:
You may be an aspiring manager looking for the tools you need to implement values of sustainability, equality and local empowerment in practical ways across a range of trading markets. You may hope to work for a co-operative, a mutual, or a social enterprise and want to understand how you turn your principles into effective business strategy.
This pioneering pathway will provide you with the knowledge and skills to be a twenty-first-century global change-maker as a social economy leader.
At Essex Business School we champion responsible management and sustainable business. We want to change business for the better and empower our students to do this too. We’re an internationally diverse community with students and staff joining us from across the globe offering the ideal context for studying social economy management.
MSc Management (Social Economy) is one of four unique Masters in management which allow you to pursue your specific career ambitions, the others are: MSc Management, MSc Management (International) and MSc Management (Marketing).
Management and marketing research at Essex Business School is very diverse but can best be described as exploring business with a social conscience. For example, our research investigates workplace ethics, corporate social responsibility and the lived experience of work in the global economy.
One of the academics that you may meet during your course is Professor Peter Bloom , a Professor of Management at Essex Business School. His research critically explores the radical possibilities of technology for redefining and transforming contemporary work and society.
You may also hear from Dr Nicholas Beuret who is an expert on climate change, environmental politics, the transition to a low carbon economy, degrowth and the commons. He has a particular interest in the role of net zero as an organising principle for start-ups, and profiteering within the green transition economy.
The research activities of academics in our management and marketing group is supported by the Centre for Commons Organising, Values Equalities and Resilience (COVER). The Centre’s research investigates how principles of cooperation, collaboration, and open knowledge sharing can foster more egalitarian, inclusive, and participative 21st-century economies, communities, technologies, and organisations.
A 2:2 degree, or international equivalent, in any discipline.
You may also be considered with a lower class degree, if you have three year’s relevant work experience in a field such as: Management or Project Management (please provide your CV).
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.
We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists. Please be aware that we are planning changes to our first year to make it more relevant to your chosen course.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The following modules are based on the current course structure and may change in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we’ll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.
Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.
Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.
|Status||What this means|
||You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
|Core with Options
||You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.|
||You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.|
|Compulsory with Options
||You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
||You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.|
The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.
Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.
In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.
Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:
The department or school the module will be taught by.
In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.
|The module number.||
The UK academic level of the module.
A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.
A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.
A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.
The term the module will be taught in.
COMPONENT 01: CORE
COMPONENT 02: COMPULSORY
COMPONENT 03: COMPULSORY
COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY
COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY
COMPONENT 06: COMPULSORY
COMPONENT 07: COMPULSORY
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