This PgC in Cooperative Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career in the management and development of cooperative and social enterprises. 

Tailored around you and your individual development needs, our approach ensures that you graduate with the skills and confidence to become an agile and resilient leader. Your personal development is underpinned by practical experience, enabling you to apply your learning and demonstrate your capability for demanding management roles.

The modules 

Delivered in partnership with Sheffield Hallam and Saint Mary’s University (Canada), this fast paced, flexible programme puts you in control, with short, intensive modules designed to fit around your busy day to day life.

There are a total of four core modules that provide a grounding in cooperative and social enterprise development challenges. The assignments also enable you to tailor your learning to your career needs.

  • The first module has a focus on exploring and contextualising the history, concepts, policies and practices that inform the development of the co-operative and wider social economy.
  • The second module prompts you to reflect on the learning processes appropriate to social entrepreneurs and cooperative managers through a work based learning project.
  • Thirdly, you will evaluate the accounting, auditing, investing and reporting processes that support the development and reporting of social value and sustainable development goals.
  • Lastly, you will focus on the processes of co-operative and social entrepreneurship so you can offer an effective critique of neo‑liberal business models and contrast them with models used by co-operatives and social enterprise when creating, marketing, managing and governing their enterprises. 

As you progress through the course, you will apply your learning by problem-solving real or simulated case studies. This helps you to identify and deal with links and tensions between different areas of enterprise development.

The course is designed to be flexible so that you can work comfortably with your existing commitments. We use university-based block study with self-managed study time, so you can easily complete the course from anywhere within the UK or overseas. You can also study modules as and when it suits you, enabling you to progress at a pace that meets your needs.

Where can I find more details about the course?

More details about the course, including full information on all modules and teaching/assignment hand in dates are available below.

Course Descriptor PgC


There are different progression path options including a full Executive MBA at Sheffield Business School or online Masters level business programs at Saint Mary’s University (Canada).

Details of the Sheffield Business School MBA modules are available to download below

MBA Modules 

Whilst information about Saint Mary’s University programs can also be downloaded below

St Mary's University Modules


We've provided some answers to our most commonly asked questions below.

When does the course start?

The course begins in January 2019, with induction taking place from the 14th - 15th. Further details are available in the PgC course descriptor document available above.

How much does the course cost?

The costs for the PgC in Co-operative Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship are as follows:

Home Student PgC - £4,600

International Student PgC – £4,920

Further information on fees, including details on how to apply for a career development loan, can also be found here.

How can I apply?

To apply, head to the course page on the Sheffield Hallam website via the button below, where you'll find more information.

Sheffield Hallam website

Who can I speak to for further information?

Depending on your course of interest, academic queries should be directed to the following people:

PgC - Rory Ridley-Duff [email protected] 

MBA - Natalie Wilmot [email protected]