Social Business and Microfinance

Social business and microfinance have the potential to transform the lives of the poorest people in both developing and developed countries.

With growing global interest of both governments and foundations, there is a real need for professionals who have the knowledge, skills and self-awareness to lead in this challenging sector characterised by rapid change and increasing diversity.

Our pioneering MSc Social Business and Microfinance will provide you with the tools to critically evaluate the power of business and to implement positive social change in global environments. You will reflect on contemporary issues facing business and society, explore international and intercultural perspectives, and engage with international research to strengthen your understanding of the global political economy, social business and the expanding microfinance sector.

Microfinance is a model that can be used to provide small loans for people who want to bring themselves out of poverty. Already successful in many developing economies, the microfinance model has now expanded to countries such the US and UK. By advancing your knowledge and expertise in the sector, you will be able to respond critically and creatively to the challenges arising in the microfinance sector.

This degree is jointly delivered by Glasgow School for Business and Society and The Yunus Centre at GCU – one of the leading international centres for research on social business, and home to world-class researchers.

Join us and hone your passion, knowledge and skills to drive social business and microfinance forward as a benefit to society as a whole.

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here represent the requirements for entry to the programme that are normally sought. The Admissions Team may assess additional evidence to assess your eligibility however, depending upon your full academic/employment background.

  • UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in social sciences, economics, business management, development studies, geography, politics.

English language requirements

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Course modules

  • Global Strategy: Challenges and Choices
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Contemporary Issues for Business and Society
  • Global Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Business and the Social Economy
  • Microfinance: Theory and Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 7,240 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MSc Full-time £ 12,600 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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