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About the Program

About this course

This course develops your management potential ready for the competitive challenges ahead of the Third Sector and includes a qualification awarded by the Chartered Management Institute.

  • Our programme is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Upon successful completion of the programme students will be eligible for a CMI L7 qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership (subject to passing the required CMI mapped modules* and CMI moderation)
  • We are one of a few universities in the UK offering postgraduate management education applicable to charities and voluntary sector organisations.
  • Many of our graduates and alumni gain promotion within the charity sector.

Why study Charity Management?

Charities and voluntary services are often berated by the media for poor management decisions. This label is compounded by them being part of a third sector: below the private and public sectors. Smaller charities face increased competition for funds and publicity, and limited frontline resources.

This Charity Management course offers a fresh and positive outlook for the sector, recognising the vital role that charities and volunteers play in society.

You will learn contemporary management and business techniques - underpinned by ethics and responsible management practices - to help charities thrive in a competitive environment.

The programme will help develop your management potential and will equip you for any future challenges the sector faces. On completing your Master's degree, you will also gain an accredited award from the Chartered Management Institute.

Please note: students who gain a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma will not be eligible for a CMI Level 7 Certificate.

*The mapped modules are currently under review

Why St Mary's?

As one of few postgraduate courses of its kind in the country, our Master's in Charity Management programme has a strong record in graduate employability and attracts international interest.

The programme is also enhanced by:

  • Small class sizes and cohorts that offer a supportive and welcoming environment for all learners
  • Exchanges of insights from peers and experienced academics offering real-life experiences of current issues affecting charities and voluntary services
  • Guest lectures, seminars and workshops capitalising on our links to charities and social enterprises
  • A dedicated team of lecturers and professors with decades of experience in shaping this sector and helping to make a difference.
  • Unrivalled networking opportunities by making lifelong contacts with our internationally diverse community of students and academics

We actively encourage research, analysis and debate, highlighting your own experience of charities. This is designed to give real-life insights that help support your progress as an effective charity manager.

Entry requirements

Students are expected to have at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

Additional requirement information

Applicants must have current experience (either paid or voluntary) in the charity management sector. They must also provide an appropriate written reference from a relevant charitable organisation that clearly demonstrates that they are currently working within the Third Sector in either in a paid or unpaid position.

Mature students with managerial experience within a charitable organisation but with limited educational qualifications will also be considered.

International requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

You will be expected to conduct individual study, as well as attend formal scheduled weekly lectures.

We will provide you with key tools: our online portal and access to our extensive electronic resources and business databases, as well as many other research sources.

You will be welcome to attend guest lectures from our visiting professors and growing research community, who often present enlightening perspectives on issues in business, management and law.

Assessment methods

Assessment will take place primarily through coursework, presentations and vivas. There is also an examination as part of the Charity Finance and Investment module.

Program Details

Starting dates :

12th September 2022

Program level :


Education form :

On Campus

Available spots :



Avg Cost of Tuition/Year

14,550.00 USD

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