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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

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to be become a highly sought after specialist in change management and is perfect for those looking for a more specialist Human Resource Management qualification. Businesses need to constantly change an adapt in order to stay competitive in today's dynamic and quick-paced environment. Therefore, organisations look for specialists who are able to consult on and lead various change initiatives.

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

The course is structured to enable you to understand the relationship between theory and practice, with a focus on developing practical skills in analysis, strategic planning and solving related to change management. Through critical approach, this programme will enable you to evaluate policies, practice and relevant theory in order to make evidence-based decisions.

You will gain-in depth knowledge about a range of perspectives on managing change including individual change, group dynamics, organisational-level change and a broader social view of change. Topics explored include the strategies of learning and talent development, theories of organisational change and design, and issues such as adaptability, resilience and critical leadership.

To ensure that you learn about cutting edge research and practices, this course is taught by academics with strong connections to business and coaching communities. The academic team are highly research active in areas such as organisational behaviour, change and transformation, discrimination law, and leadership, and feed this expertise directly into their teaching.

This MA is designed for both current HR professionals who want to progress and recent graduates looking for a career in this field. You can study flexibly and combine work with your studies.

Course highlights

  • A specialist degree focusing on cutting-edge approaches to understanding and managing change that will give you a unique advantage over those with a more generic HR degree
  • Taught by research active academics with links to learning, development and coaching communities
  • A highly critical approach and strong emphasis on links between theory and practice
  • Our flexible study options allow you to study part-time to suit your current career.

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

The structure of the course ensures that you get the essential knowledge of core concepts and theories by taking two core modules in Leadership and Organisational Change. The course will then allow you to study four specialism modules to develop knowledge in areas such as learning and talent, designing adaptive organisations, resilience and employee well-being and critical leadership.

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.

  • Core modules

    • 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.

    • Research Project / Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce you to research as a process that involves a justified design as well as deliberate execution, presentation, and dissemination. You will learn about each stage of the research process, with emphasis placed on exploring the different enquiry paradigms and how these shape decisions on data collection and data analysis. You will also learn how to plan the production of your research output in the form of an extended academic paper.

  • Specialist modules

    • 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) - Compulsory

      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) - Compulsory

      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) - Compulsory

      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 indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA/PGDip/PGCert 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 majority of assessment on the course is coursework which is a variety of written assessments. Some examples include traditional academic essay of different lengths, assessing case studies, a self-reflection journal and a portfolio of evidence about a particular case. There are also a number of group assessments such as designing organisational interventions in the context of change management.

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How will the MA/PGDip/PGCert Organisational Change support your career?

This course will offer you the opportunity to access a rewarding and lucrative career and enable you to develop your industry expertise and pursue you professional goals. The innovative and forward-thinking curriculum will equip you with skills and knowledge that will help your future job applications and progression in project management and people management roles.

Roles with a specific focus on change are:

  • Organisational change advisor
  • Management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Talent management consultant
  • Employee engagement specialist
  • Training and development officer / manager
  • Coaching and mentoring advisor / consultant
  • HR officer, administrator or manager

This course provides an excellent base for any career involving people management. Our graduates have been taken on by various prestigious organisations including Charterhouse, Ernst and Young, AEG, Adobe, Hilton Hotels and PwC.

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