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The only dedicated fundraising master’s in the UK

This course starts in September 2024.

1 year full time; 2 years part time
Remote course

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Learn from anywhere as you explore fundraising for the third sector

Study on the only master’s course of its kind

Our distance-learning MA Fundraising course is the only dedicated fundraising master’s in the UK and has been built for professionals and senior leaders with a fundraising responsibility.

Develop the knowledge and skills that underpin effective fundraising

Our mission is to help everyone involved in fundraising to be better thinkers and smarter people, and to help them build the knowledge base that will lead to greater expertise, more effective practice, and wiser strategy.

As such, we have drawn together an extensive range of academic knowledge to provide you with a solid foundation in the theoretical and practical aspects of fundraising, and complemented this with real-world case studies and practitioner insight so that learning is robust, practical, and applicable.

Join a collaborative online learning community

This online course provides you with a wide range of dedicated learning resources to allow you to learn when suits you, as you join likeminded students via regular live online workshops, to share your experience, learn and problem-solve together.

We also offer optional, intensive face-to-face workshops.

Learn from our team of expert and experienced fundraisers

Your hardworking commitment to better practice will be matched by our core teaching team of experienced fundraisers and academics.

Our core team are complimented by expert guest lecturers from the fundraising profession and wider third-sector.

Evolve your career within the voluntary sector

Wherever your empathy and passion take you, there is a charity out there working to make that aspect of the world a better place, and that charity needs fundraisers to deliver the resources needed to make a difference.

This course offers the insight you need to fundraise with greater confidence and impact. It will help develop the careers of professionals working within the third sector within a variety of roles, including senior leadership and trustees.

Course awards

  • Gain a postgraduate certificate (PGCert) by completing modules totalling 60 credits.
  • Gain a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) by completing modules totalling 120 credits.
  • Gain a master’s by completing modules totalling 180 credits, including the 60-credit dissertation.

The Course

Develop your knowledge and understanding of fundraising principles

Our MA Fundraising course develops your knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of fundraising as well as the range of donor types.

Throughout your degree, you will study a variety of modules that cover a wide range of fundraising principles and concepts to help provide you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in your future career.

Topics include:

  • Branding (Voluntary Sector)
  • Capital campaigns
  • Case for support
  • Donor motivation
  • Fundraiser's role (professional)
  • Governance and diversity
  • Individual giving
  • Major donors
  • Management and leadership
  • Organisation giving (including corporate and foundation fundraising)
  • Regulation and ethics
  • Research methods for managers
  • Strategic and tactical planning
  • Understanding organisations and change
  • Volunteering

Online Learning

Discover dedicated online learning resources with in-person learning opportunities


Our core teaching team of experienced fundraisers deliver an up-to-date teaching programme that looks to apply knowledge in practice.

Teaching is structured to support you in: applying what you have learnt; evaluating existing and new knowledge; and building your confidence when creating better solutions to problems.

Online learning

Your core learning is accessed online, at a time to suit you each week. There are regular opportunities to join live online and face-to-face learning groups, and access to one-to-one tutorials.

In-person learning opportunities

Each summer you are invited to join your student community on-campus for an intensive week of discussion, debate, and learning.


Where you could go after your studies

This course will help you prepare for a range of careers in the fundraising and charity sector.

Potential future roles include:

  • Alumni Manager/Officer
  • Community Fundraising Manager
  • Corporate Fundraising Manager
  • Development Director/Head of Fundraising
  • Events Fundraising Manager
  • Legacy and Bequest Fundraising Manager
  • Major Donor Fundraising Manager
  • Membership and Direct Response Fundraising Manager
  • Statutory Fundraising Manager
  • Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Manager

The knowledge and skills you will develop throughout this course are also key competencies for trustees and CEOs.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2023/24


Our fees are the same for home, EU, and International students. If you would like to pay fees in instalments, please contact us to discuss.

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about the course, please contact me, Donna Day Lafferty, Programme Leader at d.daylafferty@chi.ac.uk to arrange an informal call.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

Honours degree
2:2 or higher
or equivalent professional experience (please feel free to contact us to discuss further).
with no element lower than 5.5 (or equivalent qualification).

All offers on the course are subject to successful interview.


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