Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Social Business and Microfinance

This programme will provide you with the tools to critically evaluate the power of business and to implement positive social change in global environments. You will reflect on contemporary issues facing business and society, explore international and intercultural perspectives, and engage with international research to strengthen your understanding of the global political economy, social business and the expanding microfinance sector. Microfinance is a model that can be used to provide small loans for people who want to bring themselves out of poverty. Already successful in many developing economies, the microfinance model has now expanded to countries such the US and UK. By advancing your knowledge and expertise in the sector, you will be able to respond critically and creatively to the challenges arising in the microfinance sector.

Entry requirements

UK Honours degree 2.2 (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area. Non-standard applicants with appropriate work experience will also be considered. Find out about the university's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Students whose 1st language is not English will normally be required to hold an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5 (or the equivalent of).

Course modules

Modules include: Global social entrepreneurship; social business and the social economy; microfinance (theory and practice); global strategy (challenges and choices); contemporary issues for business and society; personal and professional development; research methods; dissertation.

Assessment methods

All modules include examinations and coursework in line with learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include: unseen examinations; class tests; written course work; presentations; group work.

Sponsorship information

Full free scholarships are available. Application process to apply for a Chancellor Yunus Scholarship please write a 500 word statement detailing why you should receive the Scholarship. The statement should outline your interest in social business and microfinance, what you would bring to the programme and how an MSc in Social Businessand Microfinance would enable you to drive positive social change in the future. Some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university. Scholarships of £1,000 are available to all international students; there are no special application forms for scholarships and decisions will be made on the basis of the information provided with the application forms.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years

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