In the autumn of 2016, the third edition of our MSc Social Business and Microfinance will begin. We can still confidently say that our programme is still the only one of its kind in the world. Given that the work of GCU’s Chancellor, Nobel Peace Laureate and microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus is known all over the world, it is perhaps unsurprising that the programme is particularly popular internationally. In fact the international focus of the programme and the chance to work and learn from people from different walks of life, with different cultures and traditions, is recognised as a key strength of the programme by students. In the first two years we have had students coming to study in Glasgow from all over the world; from Mexico, Egypt, Canada, Taiwan, Burma, Kyrgyzstan, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Sierra Leone. We have even had two students from Scotland.
The MSc Social Business and Microfinance programme is emblematic of the University’s mission ‘For the Common Good’ and our growing international reputation in the field of social innovation is evidenced by the fact that we have been accredited as an AshokaU Changemaker Campus, one of only three in Europe.
We have deliberately designed the programme to reflect the diverse needs of students attracted to working within the emerging fields of social business and microfinance. We focus upon such topics as the emergence and spread of the concepts, and the reasons how and why they have been presented as having potential to alleviate so-called ‘wicked’ social problems and create lasting social change. We will discuss various forms and understandings of social business, social enterprise and social entrepreneurship, and the forces shaping the social economy.
One of the key strengths of the programme is that the core modules are taught by active researchers from the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, a leading research centre for the study of social business and microfinance, with a global reputation in the field. We have found that the programme is particularly suitable for students who have previously studied business at undergraduate level and who wish to develop a deeper and more critical understanding of contemporary issues facing business and society. However, the programme may also appeal to students who come from a non-business background (particularly economics or social/public policy) and we are always keen to receive applications from those who are able to bring valuable ‘real world’ perspectives to the classroom.
We are accepting applications for the Masters programme until the autumn and all applications should be made online through the link on our programme page here. However, if you wish to discuss the programme in more detail please contact Dr Michael Roy.