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Organisational Change MA/PGDip/PGCert

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Organisational Change MA/PGDip/PGCert

October 2018
September 2018 (EU/INT induction)
12 months full-time
24 months part-time
£10,800 (UK/EU)
£15,500 (INT)
Course Leader
Maria Adamson

Please note that this course is no longer accepting applications for 2017 entry.

In today’s challenging work environment organisations have to adapt to issues of austerity and Brexit while under pressure to maintain business sustainability. In these highly dynamic times businesses are looking to professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to enact efficient and sustainable organisational change.

Why study MA/PGDip/PGCert Organisational Change at Middlesex University?

Public, private and third sector organisations are all operating in highly dynamic landscapes and want employees with the skills required that allow them to adapt quickly and efficiently. Taking in a range of social, psychological, legal and policy perspectives, this course delivers an understanding of considerations pertinent to all sectors, such as leadership, adaptability, development and resilience. Topics explored on the course include the strategies of learning and talent development, theories and historical development of the practice of organisation design, and issues such as identity, organisational culture and performativity in the context of critical leadership.

By taking a critical approach, this programme enables you to evaluate policies and practices based on the most recent and relevant theory and research findings, empowering you to make evidence-based decisions and reflect on how these decisions can be applied in a practice based environment. This course is taught by academics with strong connections to the CIPD who are highly research active in areas such as organisational behaviour, change and transformation, discrimination law, and leadership.

Course Highlights

  • A focus on the major topics and issues concerning change in the HR sector, including critical leadership, adaptive organisations, talent development, and resilience and wellbeing
  • Taught by academics who have a strong understanding of and links with learning, development and coaching communities
  • A highly critical approach, enabling students to evaluate policies and practices based on the most recent and relevant theory and research

What will you study on the MA/PGDip/PGCert Organisational Change?

The structure of the course ensures that you get basic knowledge of core concepts and theories by taking two core modules in leadership and organisational change. The course develops your knowledge of, and ability to critically evaluate contemporary issues and a range of theoretical approaches to change management in organisations through four further modules on areas such as learning and talent, designing organisations, resilience and well-being and critical leadership. The final module is a research project on a topic of your choice relevant to your career and interests.

What will you gain?

The course is designed to enable you to apply theory to everyday situations in order to consult on, manage and lead effectively on a range of projects, issues and initiatives related to organisational change. You will also be required to reflect critically on your professional development, as well as develop your research and writing capacity providing a sound platform to pursue further academic study at Doctoral level if you wish.

  • Year 1

    • Perspectives on Leadership in Organisations (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module will lay the foundations for the understanding of the wide range of ways that leadership, management and organisations have been conceptualised in the 21st century. It will critically explore the complex, multi-actor and multi-level context in which leaders and managers have to operate. Rooted in humanist pedagogy, the course will develop students understanding of how effective leaders are able to make-sense of complexity and also balance (broker) the many contradictions and tensions that arise with shifting patterns of governance.

    • Managing and Leading Change (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module will enable students to develop an enquiry based approach to leading and managing change in order to shape the nature and direction of any organisational change. The module will cover a range of classic and contemporary theories of organisational change and debate ideas at the frontier of knowledge around change that offer insights into the psychological impact of being in an organisation or a society that is in transition.

    • Learning and Talent Development (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a critical understanding of the potential and limitations of the contribution of learning and talent development policies and strategies, and to formulate and achieve objectives at individual, group and organisational levels especially in the situations of managing organisational change. The module will cover a wide array of theories and models on learning and talent development.

    • Designing Adaptive Organisations (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to enable learners to develop a critical understanding of the theories and historical development of the practice of organisation design and how it needs to capitalise on the ever-growing diversity inherent within its stakeholder populations and its workforce. Students will be encouraged to appreciate a systemic view of complex change and its implications for designing for adaptation, growth and renewal.

    • Critical Leadership (15 credits) - Optional

      The module applies key concepts from Critical Management Studies (CMS) perspectives – such as identity, discourse and performance – to the study of leadership. It does so to provide students with resources with which to critically reflect on their prior experiences of leadership in organisational settings.

    • Resilience at Work (15 credits) - Optional

      The module offers an insight into a new area of study and expertise to promote well-being and resilience in today’s complex and changing workplace. In a context of austerity and economic change, this course looks critically at individualistic models of ‘well-being’ or resilience at work and introduces a relational model of mental health. Using psychodynamic ideas it looks at systemic and organisational factors such as bullying and the impact on individual states of mind.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indivative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA Organisational Change taught?

You will take part in a full range of learning, including lectures, seminars and workshops to explore concepts and theories, engage in discussion and look at real world issues. You will also take part in online activities, group and individual tutorials and self-directed study.


The modes of assessment will have some exams while most have coursework which is a variety of written assessments. Some examples include: Traditional academic essay of different length. A written coursework that involves assessing case studies, an evaluation of diversity policy, a self-reflection journal, a portfolio of evidence gather about a particular case and so on. There are also a number of group assessments including planning and presenting a set of learning and talent development interventions in the context of diversity and inclusion, creating an org design simulation.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How will the MA Organisational Change support your career?

The skills development aspect of the course would be very helpful to those wanting to specialise in the area of diversity and change management. The innovative and forward looking content of the curriculum would also be helpful for future job applications and progression in HR.

Roles with a specific focus on diversity and change are:

  • Organisational change advisor / project manager
  • Employee engagement specialist
  • HR advisor
  • Talent management consultant
  • Training and Development Officer or Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Coaching and Mentoring Advisor or Consultant
  • HR Officer, Administrator or Manager

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