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Business Administration - Co Cooperative Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (MBA)

Course Description

This course gives you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career in social enterprise management and cooperative development.

  • Enhance your leadership skills by encountering and managing varying perspectives on responsible management issues
  • Study flexibly by combining block study in Sheffield with self-directed and distance learning
  • Learn from specialists at Sheffield Hallam University, the Cooperative College and the Sobey School of Business

This Sheffield Hallam MBA, co-delivered with the Co-operative College (Manchester, UK) and Co-operative Management Education Programme at Sobey School for Business (Halifax, Canada), is designed to enhance your leadership capability. The course focus is on providing you with support to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and delivers the necessary development to enable you to advance your career. This personal development is supported by practical experience and real world academic learning. Together this ensures that you have the skills, knowledge and experience that modern organisations seek from their leaders.

Completing the Executive MBA enhances your employability by demonstrating to organisations your potential for leadership and ability to deliver solutions to complex operational issues. On specialist modules, we connect you to staff and students studying at the Co-operative College (Manchester, England), the Co-operative Management Education Programme in Halifax (Canada) and social entrepreneurs coached by Social Enterprise International Ltd. This assists your professional networking efforts and increases your employment opportunities. The course is highly valued by employers and previous MBA graduates have gone on to develop successful careers in challenging management roles in a wide range of industries and professions

How you learn

The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA offers a range of modules that will extend your current knowledge of social entrepreneurship and responsible management theory, including functional areas, people, processes and cooperative business strategy. In order to help you incorporate your learning with your career we streamline the module delivery into study blocks and distance learning activities , and the portfolio style assessments allows you to work related issues as part of your assessment for the programme.

You learn through:

  • Completing a consultancy project to investigate an issue at your own organization
  • Psychometric testing to understand more about your leadership styles
  • In-class discussions and tutor-led input

Applied learning

The periods between each module enable you to try out what you have learned and to give your organisation the benefits of your developing skills. For that reason, each module is followed by a work-focused portfolio assignment, where you apply and evaluate the theories you have learnt. Your assessments will cover all areas of enterprise from global human resource management to strategy and from digital organization to business operations. We also recognize the importance of financial fluency for modern social enterprise leaders and finance is therefore embedded across all modules. For those who do not wish to use their organisation as the basis of their study, we can also suggest alternative assignment options.

When you study an Executive MBA at Sheffield Hallam University you join a learning community of managers and leaders from across a range of professions and industry backgrounds. This provides you with excellent networking opportunities and you can benefit from seeing different perspectives and solutions to managerial challenges. In addition, on specialist modules, we connect you to staff and students studying at the Co-operative College (Manchester, England), the Co-operative Management Education Programme in Halifax (Canada) and social entrepreneurs coached by Social Enterprise International Ltd. This assists your professional networking efforts and increases your employment opportunities.

Future careers

The Executive MBA prepares you for a career in a wide range of industries, and this specialist route in Cooperative Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship will additionally equip you to use your skills across a wide range of social enterprises and the third sector.


This course is accredited by ILM and upon successful completion of the MBA you will also receive an ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management. You will also be able to showcase this ‘dual achievement’ though you very own Digital Badge, which will display detailed information of both your degree and ILM achievements.

As ILM have a partnership with the Institute of Leadership and Management you will be entitled to activate one year of ‘Student Membership’ to the Institute and access a variety of digital resources to support you with programme completion. Successful graduates can apply for full professional membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management (all applications are subject to professional body approval and work experience).

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus.

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Concepts And Principles Of The Cooperative And Social Economy - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Learning And Reflexivity For Socially Entrepreneurial Managers - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Managing Strategy - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Strategic Marketing Management And Decision Making -15 credits - Coursework 

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Building Social Value Through Responsible Business Leadership - 15 credits
  • Cooperative Leadership And Responsible Management - 15 credits
  • Developing Personal And Professional Leadership Practice - 15 credits
  • Strategic Global HRM And Decision Making -15 credits

Final year

Compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation/Consultancy Project - 45 credits
  • Research And Consultancy Methods -15 credits

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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Visit the Business Administration - Co Cooperative Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (MBA) page on the Sheffield Hallam University web site for more details!

Entry Requirements

You need either:

• a 2.2 degree or equivalent and two years managerial and operational experience
• significant managerial and operational experience

We assess all applications on merit and interview candidates to ensure suitability for the course. We recommend that you contact us for guidance before applying.

Overseas applicants also need IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 in all skills or equivalent.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications.

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