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Master's specialisation in Organisational Design and Development. Read more

Master's specialisation in Organisational Design and Development

Are you interested in how organisations can be designed in a way that operate efficiently and fulfill their societal role? Would you like to develop interventions that address structural problems, and also taking the social aspects of change in organisations into account? Then our Master’s specialisation Organisational Design and Development (OD&D) is the perfect choice for you. The OD&D specialisation will train you to combine a research perspective on the meaning and role of organisation with a practical perspective on how to actually go about designing and developing successful organisations. You will gain advisory skills and learn to conduct research, typically in close cooperation with an organisation.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/opleidingen/master/business-development

Why should you choose Organisational Design & Development in Nijmegen?

- The only specialisation that combines structural and social aspects of organisational design and development in the Netherlands

- The programme includes research on social practices and change processes in organisations

- It enables students to analyse structural problems building on the tradition of socio-technical systems theory

- Theory and action-based learning

- Research methods and intervention theory

Career prospects

After graduating most Organisational Design and Development students will be employed at a consulting company or institution.

Our graduates are well qualified and employers are keen to hire them. Our graduates are found in management positions in many governments and national and international companies. Most of the graduates of OD&D work as consultants. Some graduates start a traineeship and some go on to pursue a PhD in Business Administration.

Our approach to this field

As an Organisational Design and Development student, during Period 3 in Semester 2, you will choose two elective courses from the Business Administration programme. All six specialisations offer one or more electives. You, as a student, are free to choose two of them. Some examples of elective courses are: Forms of Responsible Organising (offered by Marketing), Competition and Cooperation (offered by Strategic Management) or International Human Resource Management (offered by Strategic Human Resource Management).

Next to that, it is possible to combine writing your Master’s thesis with doing research in an organisation during this specialisation. This is an ideal preparation for the future professional field, as it allows you to apply your theoretical knowledge into practice and to experience what type of organisation best fits your wishes.

Finally, Radboud University offers two different honours programmes for talented students: ‘Reflections on Science’ and ‘Reflections on Professions’. During these programmes students can (further) develop various skills that will proof to be useful in their career inside or outside the academic world.

Our research in this field

- Theory and action-based learning

This programme is closely associated with the research carried out within the Institute of Management Research, where the focus is on research into relationship management, institutional dynamics, decision making and innovative management. You will become familiar with both the theoretical and practical aspects of your special subject. The programme combines a thorough training in methodology with action-based learning: you apply the theory you have learned to concrete cases and learn to develop appropriate solutions. And, in our Visa Skills Lab, students use computers to make scenario analyses and simulate decision-making processes within organisations.

- Truly international

The education and research training we provide are internationally oriented. Our students have the opportunity to take part in a Master’s level project on European Human Resource Management, a cooperative venture among six leading European business schools and universities. Here, students work in a multi-cultural team and follow a consultancy in-company project in one of the six countries involved.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/opleidingen/master/business-development

Radboud University Master's Open Day 10 March 2018

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Rigorous. Relevant. Real. Relational. Become an accredited supervisor and an expert in coaching supervision. Make a difference to your practice today. Read more
Rigorous. Relevant. Real. Relational.

Become an accredited supervisor and an expert in coaching supervision.

Make a difference to your practice today. Our next intake is April 2018.

While coaching is about you as a person, supervision explores the nature of your relationship with the people you coach and your developing practice.

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Find out more about our ‘Trust and Safety in Supervision’ research, conducted by Ashridge in Spring 2016.

Supervision makes an important contribution to the professional development and quality assurance of consultants and executive coaches. It can be a key differentiator in the marketplace and is increasingly central to many formal consulting and coaching qualifications.

About the programme

This 14-month part-time programme was developed by experienced practitioners who have a combination of supervision, research, psychological and organisation development (OD) experience.

The qualification will give you the skills, credibility and confidence to offer a new service to your clients. It is designed to build your status as a senior practitioner and supervisor of coaches and consultants.

Aimed at experienced OD consultants and executive coaches, this is an opportunity to be supervised on any aspect of your work, individually and as part of a group of equally experienced coaches. You will learn how to supervise other consultants and coaches effectively.

As with all Ashridge coaching programmes, this programme takes a relational perspective. It develops your theoretical knowledge of the psychological underpinnings of supervision and your critical evaluation of supervision models and theories.

The programme is a natural follow-on from the Masters in Executive Coaching https://www.ashridge.org.uk/qualifications/masters-in-executive-coaching/ and the Masters in Organisational Change https://www.ashridge.org.uk/qualifications/masters-in-organisational-change/
It is structured around three modules. The first two are based on a series of six intensive workshops, spread across the 14 months - each lasting two days. The third is the accreditation module.

Ashridge Approach to Supervision

The Ashridge perspective on coaching and consulting supervision has been the subject of a number of articles and publications. We also run Coaching Supervision sessions which either form part of the qualification or can be purchased individually.

Ashridge sees supervision as an essential quality assurance process for coaches and consultants. It ensures that the client benefits from a professional consultant who is equipped with the insight and personal resourcefulness to make a difference.

We believe that the power and effectiveness of supervision stems from the possibility for new scrutiny and fresh perspectives.

We take a broadly relational perspective on supervision, based on personal experience of effective coaching and the themes and issues at the core of the process.

This is based on the following core principles:
‌•Human beings are deeply motivated to be in relationships with others, so part of what we (consultant and supervisor) hope to get from this relationship is to repeat our previous relational patterns and through awareness of these, create better patterns both inside and outside the coaching space
‌•All content of supervision can be seen as relational, i.e. supervisees are continually, even if subliminally, linking relationships elsewhere (real and imagined) to this one
‌•This supervisory relationship is worth constantly exploring because of the rich learning it can offer
‌•The supervisee’s experience of the supervisory relationship is worth enhancing.

Benefits to you

‌•If you run your own consulting practice, you will be benefit by:
‌•Being able to offer supervision as well as finely-tuned coaching skills to individuals and organisations
‌•Having the Ashridge accreditation quality stamp to give clients the added reassurance that you can offer high-level supervision
‌•Having more confidence in your abilities and being able to introduce new knowledge and skills in your daily work.
‌•If you work for an organisation, it will benefit from:
‌•The new practices that you can share with colleagues and/or your organisation’s clients
‌•Your supervision work - a useful differentiator for the business
‌•Added credibility thanks to your Ashridge accreditation
‌•Your increased self-awareness, knowledge and network could make you a candidate for senior level positions in the organisation.

Find out more about The Ashridge Difference https://www.ashridge.org.uk/qualifications/the-ashridge-difference/ and what makes an Ashridge Masters so relevant to business today.

Alternatively, read our participant case studies https://www.ashridge.org.uk/qualifications/postgraduate-certificate-in-advanced-coaching-and/participant-insights/ to find out how this qualification has benefitted them.

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This course is delivered by specialist academics from the Liverpool Business School, who have an in-depth grasp of the strategic acumen required to deploy and manage global professional services. Read more
This course is delivered by specialist academics from the Liverpool Business School, who have an in-depth grasp of the strategic acumen required to deploy and manage global professional services.

•Masters degree available to study full time (one year)
•Approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development - you will be eligible for Associate Membership on graduation
•LJMU is a CIPD approved centre
•Study in the state-of-the-art Redmonds Building
•Programme linked to and shares some content with our highly regarded MA Human Resource Management

This MSc in International Human Resource Management will enable you to become a globally knowledgeable practitioner with an appreciation of multi-cultural international practice. You will be able to develop the organisation you work for, its commercial relationships and your own career.

This new CIPD approved MSc degree programme will develop your abilities to critically examine and apply contemporary approaches to HR management within organisations operating in a global environment. The programme builds professional core areas such as Resourcing and Talent Management, Managing Performance and Digital Engagement and Relationships. Recognising the growth of global consultancy, the programme contains the financial, project management and relationship skills needed to perform effectively. You will critically examine the needs of the global marketplace and the integration of skills, systems and knowledge required to enable organisations to operate efficiently and effectively in dynamic commercial environments.

Using international business case studies highlighting best practice across a variety of sectors, industries and stakeholders, you will also evaluate different approaches to managing and designing human resource strategy.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Developing Academic Business and Leadership Competencies

This module will develop your competencies as a postgraduate student, focusing on interpersonal, leadership, critical analysis and financial skills enabling you to demonstrate the application of sound business thinking in a HR context

Introduction to International HRM strategy and Context
By evaluating the impact on business and HR choices and strategies, you will critically analyse the major organisational and external contexts and constraints within which organisations operate across a range of business sectors globally

Management Theory and Leadership

This module is designed to enable you to critically evaluate HR's role within an international organisation context, and its contribution to HR strategy, organisational leadership and international organisational effectiveness

International Consultancy Skills

You will evaluate a range of competing international HRM frameworks from different perspectives, concepts and strategies for employment in contemporary global organisations

Managing Resourcing Strategy

During this module you will critique different management strategies, particularly organisational strategy, dedicated to attracting, managing and retaining talent. You will examine the barriers, challenges and opportunities which enable HR managers to maximise talent potential in the workforce

Organisation Development in an International Environment

You will critique organisational development (OD) stages and strategies in an international context, allowing you to examine the issues and opportunities surrounding OD programmes in an international HR environment

Research Methods

This module aims to develop your skills in order for you to research real-life workplace problems. You will learn the whole research process through workshop participation and conducting online exercises. By working on a real research problem, you will develop your skills in designing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research projects

Engagement in Digital Age

Examine the impact of digital HR on academic and professional practice. You will be required to demonstrate digital knowledge and skills through the composition of a digital presentation

Dissertation and Impact Report

You will be required to develop an independent and academically-rigorous research project using an international setting. You will be expected to use primary research methods, with a methodology and full literature review, culminating in a critical analytical discussion drawing out further areas for exploration, including potential new theoretical contributions to your chosen topic and recommendations for future academic research in your chosen area

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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An MBA is widely seen as a passport to a successful career. Our course builds on your previous business experience and enhances your real-world management capabilities. Read more
An MBA is widely seen as a passport to a successful career. Our course builds on your previous business experience and enhances your real-world management capabilities.

Course overview

The Sunderland MBA is designed to accelerate your promotion to well-paid positions of leadership. It prepares you for new opportunities in any organisation, in any country.

You will develop your strategic knowledge, functional competence and problem-solving ability. You will also learn how to re-apply the best of international management practices and how to implement approaches that deliver outstanding results.

At Sunderland, we focus on problem-solving ability and linking theory to real-world challenges. As part of this, you will visit UK companies, and also learn from guest speakers who share their practical business experiences.

Sunderland Business School has partnered together with the Chartered Management Institute, to offer you dual accreditation with your MBA to enhance your professional profile and add to your achievements. On successful completion of your MBA, you will be eligible for the Chartered Management Institute Level 7 Extended Diploma in Management and Leadership. During your study period, you will also become an Affiliate Member of CMI, which gives you access to CMI’s knowledge resources.

At the end of your studies, graduates with 3 or more years management experience will be entitled to apply for full membership of the CMI or Chartered status.

We understand that your MBA is part of an onward journey. We offer extensive career support to help you gain a rapid return on your investment in yourself – and achieve your personal goals.

You will study core modules that include ‘Managing and Leading People’, ‘Global Corporate Strategy’ and ‘International Business Environment’. There is flexibility to choose a dissertation topic and an additional module that reflects your particular interests.
This course is the broadest of our MBA courses. If you prefer, you can pursue a more specialist MBA course that gives a specific reference in the award title to Finance, Marketing, HRM, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management or Supply Chain Management.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with self-directed research. You can negotiate the topic of the dissertation to reflect your personal interests and career aspirations.

Modules on this course include:
-Financial Management and Control (15 Credits)
-Managing and Leading People (15 Credits)
-Operations Management (15 Credits)
-Marketing Management (15 Credits)
-International Business Environment (15 Credits)
-Global Corporate Strategy (15 Credits)
-Managing Innovation and Technology Transfer (15 Credits)
-MBA Dissertation (60 Credits)

Plus choose one optional module from a list that may include the following:
-International HRM (15 Credits)
-e-marketing (15 Credits)
-Project Management (15 Credits)
-Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management (15 Credits)
-Management Accounting and Control (15 Credits)
-International Marketing (15 Credits)
-OD and Change (15 Credits)
-Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (15 Credits)
-Innovation and Growth (15 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, class discussions, case studies, group work, presentations and applied study.

Assessment is mainly through the dissertation and assignments, as well as exams in some subjects.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Recently we’ve developed a Student Learning Space that is specifically designed to facilitate collaboration and team-based projects. It includes a board room as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and visitors from outside the University.

University Library Services
The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.
Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service. The University spends around £1 million every year on new books and resources.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, three computer laboratories, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Learning environment
The University of Sunderland is a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into the world of business as a result of strong links with industry organisations.

Employment & careers

The applied nature of our MBA course will build on your previous managerial experience while moving you forward on a journey of practical professional development. The course is an investment in yourself that can lead to:
-Higher salary
-Promotion opportunities
-Greater employability
-Flexibility in an evolving job market

The most common reason for undertaking an MBA is to improve job opportunities. Previous Sunderland MBA graduates now work in roles such as:
-Financial Analyst for ultra-high net worth investors
-Operations Director in an oil company
-Management Consultant with an international consultancy group
-General Manager in Eastern Europe
-Financial Controller in the Gulf region
-Division Chief in China
-Business Development Manager for an automotive supplier
-Vice President of a Canadian corporation

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Coaching and mentoring have the potential to bring direct benefits to employees, organisations and stakeholders. For example, they can help leaders get the best out of employees improve performance help people through transition and change support people in times of personal challenge and resilience. Read more

Coaching and mentoring have the potential to bring direct benefits to employees, organisations and stakeholders. For example, they can • help leaders get the best out of employees • improve performance • help people through transition and change • support people in times of personal challenge and resilience. They can also contribute to a positive, proactive and open working culture.

About this course

This specialist part-time course is for

  • individuals who want to become capable, confident, professional and ethical coaches and mentors
  • HR, OD, change and strategic leaders and consultants seeking to introduce coaching and mentoring concepts, practices and schemes into their organisations to enable change and improve performance
  • developmental consultants or trainers seeking to develop their coach/mentor training skills and credentials
  • managers, executives and directors seeking to introduce coaching and mentoring into their own sphere of influence.

The postgraduate certificate stage introduces you to coaching and mentoring and the core practices needed to become an effective practitioner. You develop practical skills through coaching demonstrations and substantial coaching practice. You also reflect on your progress as a learner and practitioner, and are supported with reflective practice approaches and supervision.

The MSc stage enables you to become a ethical and critically reflexive practitioner, able to operate effectively as a coach or mentor in a range of different contexts. In addition, you gain the knowledge and skills to engage in research-based inquiry into the theory and practice of coaching and mentoring to enhance the range and depth of your coaching practice.

Course benefits

The postgraduate certificate stage is accredited by the EMCC at Senior Practitioner level. We are the only UK university to offer this.

The course is unique in the market in that it examines how a coach or mentor can best work with an individual in the context of their organisational system. We draw on theories and case studies, and examine individual and organisational psychology.

We help you develop your own practice as a coach or mentor. This involves examining our presence and approaches as well as commercial matters such as business development and networking.

The course is delivered by a team of nationally renowned tutors who are specialists in the field.

You have the opportunity to study emerging areas such as team coaching and applied practice.

We also provide one-to-one coaching supervision throughout the programme to help you reflect on your own personal development and gauge the effectiveness and ethics of your work.

Learning and assessment

During the course you examine and critically analyse coaching and mentoring theories and concepts. We adopt coaching as a learning style, which enhances learning and allows us to examine and reflect on different coaching approaches. You benefit from

  • facilitated group discussions and experiential activity
  • feedback on your skills practice
  • case studies and experiences from tutors
  • supervision groups for further practice and reflection, supported by a member of the tutor team
  • one-to-one coaching/mentoring supervision support
  • one-to-one supervision for the advanced practitioner inquiry module and MSc dissertation stage
  • membership of the coaching and mentoring research group (CMRU) which meets regularly to discuss research projects
  • support you to develop your own network of coachees/mentees.

Professional recognition

The Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring level is primarily focused on developing students' professional practice to meet the professional expectations of the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) at Senior Practitioner level. Students successfully completing the Postgraduate Certificate will be entitled to a certificate confirming that they have completed a programme of training accredited by the EMCC at Senior Practitioner level.

Course structure

Part-time – typically eight months for the postgraduate certificate and two years for the MSc.

Modules are taught in four day blocks, with approximately eight weeks between each one.

Postgraduate certificate

For the Postgraduate Certificate you complete an induction day and the following four modules. You also complete 90 hours of off-workshop coaching/mentoring practice.


  • Coaching and mentoring: skills
  • Coaching and mentoring: psychology
  • Coaching and mentoring: leadership and change
  • Coaching and mentoring: supervision

Postgraduate diploma

You complete an induction day and the following three modules:

  • Coaching and mentoring: scheme design and evaluation
  • Team coaching
  • Advanced practitioner inquiry


The dissertation provides an opportunity to undertake in-depth research into a topic of your own choice in the field of coaching and mentoring, supported by your research supervisor. You work at your own pace, meeting with your research supervisor by mutual agreement.

To prepare for this you also attend a half day dissertation workshop. 


  • written assignment
  • skills practice by observation
  • MSc dissertation


This course prepares you to take on one of the following roles:

  • an external or internal executive or team coach
  • a consultant delivering coaching and mentoring schemes
  • a developmental consultant or trainer operating in this field
  • specialist in a particular area, such as medical general practitioner or specialist in dyslexia support, seeking to use coaching/mentoring to enhance your practice
  • academic in coaching, mentoring, organisational development or similar fields
  • leader using coaching and mentoring initiatives in their own organisations, for example commissioning coaching schemes and using coaching as a leadership style to enhance performance or enable change.

As a graduate of the course you may choose to

  • stay in your current organisation
  • set up your own coaching/mentoring/consulting/training practice or join up with others
  • join a larger coaching firm as a permanent or associate member of staff
  • undertake further academic study
  • join a university as a staff member
  • take up a role with one of the professional bodies.

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This Clinical Leadership PGCert is for experienced healthcare professionals. You will develop personal, professional and strategic leadership knowledge and skills. Read more

This Clinical Leadership PGCert is for experienced healthcare professionals. You will develop personal, professional and strategic leadership knowledge and skills. You will have access to inter-professional debate, the latest leadership theory and a variety of evidence based tools and techniques.

This course offers a unique learning opportunity to healthcare professionals from all clinical and non-clinical backgrounds. The course will increase your knowledge by sharing experiences of leadership dilemmas and challenges. Teaching is facilitated by leadership experts from a variety of healthcare backgrounds.

Claire Maxwell is the Degree Programme Director (DPD) for this course. She is a Nationally Accredited Clinical Leadership Development Facilitator with links to Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

You will reflect on your own leadership performance and experience through self-evaluation and 360 degree assessment. Diagnostic psychometric tools include:

  • MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator)
  • Healthcare Leadership Model 360 Degree Assessment
  • Hays ESCI-U (Emotional and Social Competency Inventory)
  • i-resilience

You will also have the opportunity to access team diagnostic tools including:

  • ATPI (Aston Team Performance Inventory)
  • Team Reflexivity Questionnaire
  • Do OD (NHS Organisational Development)

The mix of clinical professions and the teaching staff allows for confidential conversations, experience sharing, and for different perspectives to be explored. All helping to reaffirm that difficult dilemmas and people leadership issues are common and experienced by all.

Recent graduate


Our teaching is underpinned by current research, theory and practice.

The course includes:

  • nine compulsory teaching days spread over nine months
  • approximately 15 hours of independent study per week

Each module comprises three full teaching days. This is one per month for three months.

Each teaching day includes a mix of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • workshop style seminars

The teaching days are designed to encourage a reflective approach to personal and professional development. Individual or group tutorials can also be arranged with members of the teaching team.

Blackboard is our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It allows you to access the course content at anytime and from anywhere. The teaching and reading materials are accessible by desktop computer, tablet or mobile device.

I would recommend this course and have already done so to both colleagues and my seniors. In fact I believe all clinical leaders should undertake this course.

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