Non-Profit Management and Social Entrepreneurship (N1597)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

In this module, you are introduced to management and organisation in the non-profit sector.

You examine the diversity of the non-profit sectors and types of organisations (e.g. foundations, non-governmental organisations, and social enterprises) across different countries and institutional settings - in a comparative and international perspective.

Your studies in this module draw on research, policy and practice to critically explore the management challenges of non-profit organisations and new ventures, and the relation between non-profit, public and business sectors, and civil society.

In the module, you discuss key theoretical perspectives and approaches of how non-profit organisations operate and are managed. You also explore how to utilise social entrepreneurship to generate social change and impact through the creation of new ventures and mobilisation of resources across organisation and sector boundaries.

You cover key issues in starting, growing, leading, managing, and governing non-profit organisations and new non-profit ventures.

Your major topics in this module include:

  • governance and accountability
  • strategy and strategic planning
  • non-profit financing and financial management
  • leadership and managing people
  • volunteering and civic engagement
  • alliances and networks
  • venturing and impact
  • technology and new media.


67%: Lecture
33%: Seminar


70%: Coursework (Report)
30%: Examination (Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: