The MSc Social Enterprise

The MSc in Social Enterprise is a new and exciting course aimed at professionals working within social enterprises, advisors, officials, development officers and sector representatives and those wishing to develop a career or an interest in social enterprise. The goal of the course is to support the vitality of the sector, provide advanced expertise and equip the sector to meet the challenges of innovation and sustainability.

The course offers opportunities to gain specialised expertise in key sectors such as health, social care, housing, education, sport, culture and the environment, or in key functional areas such as finance, HRM, marketing, public relations or operational management. The in-built flexibility of the course means that these aspects can be tailored to the needs of each individual student.  Prior learning and experience will be fully assessed and accredited.

We are looking forward to welcoming you onto the programme this year! Before you arrive, you may wish to take a look at the {vacation reading list} to give you a guide for the coming semester. This can be provided on request by the programme secretary. In your first week there will be a full induction session where you will get to meet key staff and a full range of materials will be provided. There is a student handbook and module guides, and you will be given an introduction to the University’s Library, Information and Technology systems. This includes an introduction to our online student resource platform, Succeed. We are keen to make sure you have everything you need, so please contact appliedsocialresearch@stir.ac.uk if you have any questions or requests for more information.

Reading lists

All available core texts for this programme can be found below. Further information will be posted here and on Succeed as soon as it is available. 

Core Texts

Ridley-Duff, R. & Bull, M. (2011) Understanding Social Enterprise, London: Sage (Chs. 1, 2, 3, 7)

Martin, F. & Thompson, M. (2010) Social Enterprise, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan (Ch. 1)

Denny, S. & Seddon, F. (2014) Social Enterprise, Abingdon: Routledge (Parts 3, 4, 5)

Nicholls, A. (2005) Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford: Oxford University Press (Chs. 3, 4)

Gunn, R. & Durkin, C. (2010) Social Entrepreneurship, Bristol: Policy Press (Ch. 3)

Kickul, J. & Lyons, T. (2012) Understanding Social Entrepreneurship Abingdon: Routledge (Ch. 2)

Guo, C. & Bielefield, W. (2014) Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-based Approach to Creating Social Value, London:Wiley (Ch. 10)

Core Texts

Gunn, R. & Durkin, C. (2010) Social Entrepreneurship, Bristol: Policy Press (Ch. 4)

Mootee, I (2013) Design Thinking for Strategic Innovation, London: Wiley (Chs. 1, 2)

Nicholls, A. (2005) Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford: Oxford University Press (Ch. 7)

Social Enterprise Alliance (2010) Succeeding at Social Enterprise, London: Wiley (Chs. 3, 4)

Creswell, J (2009) Research Design, Los Angeles: Sage (third edition)

Gilbert N (2008) Researching Social Life, London: Sage (third edition)

Bryman A (2012) Social Research Methods, Oxford University Press: Oxford (fourth edition)

Matthews, B. and Ross, L. (2010) Research Methods: A Practical Guide for the Social Sciences, Harlow:  Longman  (available as e-book from library)

Guo, C. & Bielefield, W. (2014) Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-based Approach to Creating Social Value, London:Wiley (Chs. 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)

Kickul, J. & Lyons, T. (2012) Understanding Social Entrepreneurship Abingdon: Routledge (Chs. 3, 8)

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