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Postgraduate PCert, PDip, MA

Philanthropic Studies (Distance Learning)

This programme is the UK’s first Master's in Philanthropic Studies. It is an innovative online course that builds on our expertise and teaching in civil society, fundraising, philanthropy, the third sector and volunteering.

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Overview

Gain a high-level understanding of philanthropy to advance your professional development or to gain knowledge and insights that will enable you to pursue a career in the rapidly expanding philanthropy sector. Our programme is designed so you can fit learning around your life and work commitments with a flexible course and a variety of study options (MA, PDip, PCert, and Standalone Modules). So whether your looks to take the first step in your career, or take a step further to reach a new level, our programme is your best way to get to wherever you want to go.

You'll benefit from internationally renowned academic expertise and guest speakers from beyond the University, including teaching contributions from leading philanthropy experts, advisers, consultants, grant-makers, fundraisers, and strategic philanthropists.Tutors include major donor expert Prof Beth Breeze (author of ‘Richer Lives: Why Rich People Give’) and Dr Alison Body (author of the 'Children and Charities: A Decade of Change'). All tutors have a practitioner background and are frequent contributors to charity sector and media debates.

Kent is a real leader in the field, this programme is the first Master's in Philanthropic Studies in the UK, so you can be assured that our experts will help bring you to the very forefront of the field, keeping your up to date with all the latest developments, so you can make a real impact in your career, and in society as a whole.

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Wednesday 20 March, 13:00 (UK time)

Join academics from the Centre for Philanthropy as we present our innovative online course that builds on our expertise and teaching in civil society, fundraising, philanthropy, the third sector, and volunteering and offers flexible study to fit around your commitments.

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Standalone modules

It is possible to study certain individual modules from the MA on a Standalone basis. They provide a taster and introduction to studying Philanthropic Studies, and if you wish to continue studying, you can use the credits from your taster modules to work towards a qualification in Philanthropic Studies (PCert, PDip or MA). Costs for standalone modules can be found on the Kent Online store (please note that you must submit an application (link below) before paying for a module on the online store).

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Why study Philanthropic Studies (Distance Learning) at Kent?

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Join us as we present our innovative online course offering flexible study to fit around your commitments. Wednesday 20 March, 13:00 (UK time)

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A leader in the field

As home of the first UK Master's in Philanthropic Studies, Kent is leading the way in research and expertise for Philanthropic Studies.

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A welcoming community

The Centre for Philanthropy is a vibrant community of like-minded professionals with a wide range of experiences and professional backgrounds.

Study your way

You can study some modules from the MA on a Standalone basis, and our course is taught part-time through distance learning, to fit around your life and work.

Alumni success

Our alumni go on to do incredible things, we're extremely proud of them. Hear from Adale about how her time on the MA prepared her for success.

Your future

Understanding philanthropy is a crucial skill for anyone aspiring to be effective in a role in a charity or grant-making body or as a philanthropist. The knowledge and skills that you gain through this Master's programme will equip you with an essential and highly practical understanding of the history, methodologies and impact of philanthropic activity.

The distance learning delivery of the Master’s programme enables you to fit learning around your life and work commitments and you have the chance to apply your knowledge as you progress. Each cohort contains a unique mix of experiences and professions, providing a valuable opportunity for information exchange and networking, so you can make rapid progress in your career, without having to take time out. 

Our expert academics - who are leaders in the field - are also excellent teachers, who will able to ensure you develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to thrive after you graduate. Whether you are looking to break into the sector, or looking for that extra edge to take the next step in your career, we'll make sure you can get to where you want to go, and hit the ground running when you get there. 

Career support
Whether you want to get ahead in your current career, change lanes, or kickstart a new one – we are here to help you realise your ambition.

Fees and funding

The 2024/25 tuition fees for this course - which are the same for Home, EU and International students - are:

MA - £8,800* (payable in two instalments of £4,400per year*)

PDip - £5,866* (payable in two instalments of £2,933 per year*)

PCert - £2,933 (payable in one instalment in year 1, though you may take up to two years to complete)

*NB Year 2 fees may be very slightly higher due to inflationary increases.

All students on the Philanthropic Studies course pay two years of fees, regardless of whether they pursue the full MA, PG Diploma or PG certificate.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

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Learn more about the applications process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

Once started, you can save and return to your application at any time.

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Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.

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