Learning and unlocking potential through the development of taught academic courses and CJBS’s Executive Education offer is a key aim of the Centre.
Master of Studies in Social Innovation
The Master of Studies in Social Innovation is a part time graduate programme which welcomed its first cohort of 30 students in autumn 2016.
The programme is part-time over two years and includes online delivery and four residentials of a week each in Cambridge – three residentials in the first year and one residential in the second year.
The programme will provide an overview and understanding of social innovation and approaches to address social, cultural, economic, and environmental challenges and opportunities. Social innovation is becoming central to the ambitions of the corporate and public sectors as well as the NGO/social sector, therefore the programme will examine social innovation within each sector as well as the pressing need to work in collaboration to tackle the ‘wicked problems’ the globe faces.
The Master of Studies (MSt) will provide an open environment for critical dialogue. The aim is to be highly interactive with workshops, case studies, subject experts, and practitioners engaging in the discussion of key concepts, theories, frameworks, and emerging ideas for creating, developing, and enabling social innovation in the public, private and social sectors in the UK and internationally.
In recognition of the fact that social innovation occurs across all sectors, the MSt will be aimed at middle and senior level leaders in NGOs, public bodies and the private sector. You will form a key part of a strategy to engage with individuals and organisations working specifically to develop novel ‘solutions’ to deep-rooted problems of poverty and inequality in both rich and poor countries.
You will complete three taught modules in year one and one taught module, plus a dissertation, in year two.
Other social innovation teaching
Social innovation is also taught in some form in all of the School’s internationally-renowned degree programmes – including the MBA, EMBA, Masters in Finance and MPhil – reaching students with teaching in social innovation and help to build their competence in this area. As part of the new Centre we hope to strengthen this focus even more.
The School’s flagship Executive Education division offers top-level bespoke and open-enrolment courses for senior executives from businesses, non-profits and government institutions. Our suite of innovation programmes are specifically designed to enable innovation capabilities across many different areas of an organisation, including understanding and implementing new business models. We are currently developing several new offerings in this area in order to strengthen companies understanding of social innovation including possible new programmes such as:
- Beyond CSR
- Corporate social innovation: strategies for doing well and doing good
- Leading social ventures
Social innovation is also an important concentration in the Cambridge MBA and the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship also provides an opportunity for developing social ventures. The Diploma blends practical work on your own venture with academic study around entrepreneurship.
The team includes experienced social venture practitioners who act as tutors and mentors.