The Philanthropic Studies (Distance Learning) programme from University of Kent meets demands for better higher educational provision for the charity workforce, as well as demands from donors for greater understanding of the meaning and purpose of philanthropy. It is delivered by academics trained in a wide range of relevant disciplines including social policy, business, history, sociology, geography, moral philosophy, anthropology, law and economics.
The programme also draws significantly on expertise from beyond the University, including teaching contributions from leading philanthropy experts, advisers, consultants, grant-makers, fundraisers and strategic philanthropists.
The team at Kent is led by Dr Beth Breeze - author of the annual ‘Million Pound Donor Report’, co-author of Richer Lives: Why Rich People Give, and frequent contributor to charity sector and media debates.
This programme will be attractive to students seeking a high-level understanding of philanthropy and/or a career in the buoyant philanthropy sector, as well as to professionals seeking an opportunity to reflect on their practice.
Understanding philanthropy is a crucial skill for anyone aspiring to be effective in a role in a charity or grant-making body or as a philanthropist. The knowledge and skills that you gain through this Master's programme will equip you with an essential and highly practical understanding of the history, methodologies and impact of philanthropic activity.
The distance learning delivery of the Master’s programme enables you to fit learning around your life and work commitments and you have the chance to apply your knowledge as you progress. Each cohort contains a unique mix of experiences and professions, providing a valuable opportunity for information exchange and networking.
- Research Methods for Philanthropic Studies
- Volunteering and Society
- The Art and Science of Fundraising
- Advising Donors
- Global Philanthropy: Comparative Perspectives
- Preparing Your Dissertation
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
There is no fixed application deadline for home/EU students, but we strongly recommend you apply no later than three months before your intended start date.
DisciplinesSocial Work Sociology Philosophy & Ethics View 51 other Masters in Sociology in United Kingdom
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- Applicants will normally have a minimum requirement of a 2:1 honours degree or higher in a social science or related subject.
- Applicants with good degrees in other subjects and experience working or volunteering in the philanthropic or charitable sectors will also be considered.
- In exceptional circumstances we will consider students with lower grade honours degrees if they can demonstrate significant experience working or volunteering in the philanthropic or charitable sectors.
- In exceptional circumstances we will consider students who do not have a degree if they can demonstrate significant experience working or volunteering in the philanthropy or charitable sectors. We may in these circumstances ask for examples of recent written work to help make admission decisions.
International4050 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4050 GBP per year during 24 months.
National4050 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4050 GBP per year during 24 months.
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- PCert Part-time: £1350
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