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Course content

In a world where managing and leading change has become critical, the Change Management Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) will set you apart from colleagues with standard management qualifications.

Developing you as an accredited practitioner, this course will build your personal capacity to:

  • understand the academic theory behind organisational change
  • confidently take on a change leadership role
  • integrate academic knowledge and practice skills to engage in authoritative change management
  • make sense of the opportunities presented by cultural change.

This course is designed to fit around your personal and professional commitments. It is taught in three teaching blocks and you can choose to spread the course over a few years or complete it quickly in less than one year. Courses start in September, January and April.

Each three-day block is assessed by a work-based project which will contribute to your employer's business. This project will ensure that you are using best practice in your work.

All of the classroom teaching is workshop-based which promotes group discussion and the sharing of experience.

Course structure

This course is delivered in three teaching blocks. Each block is taught over three consecutive days and is assessed by a work-based project.

Projects will not only ensure you are putting your skills to use, but are also designed to benefit your employer.

You will choose three of four available modules.

Classroom teaching is workshop-based to promote group discussion and the sharing of experience.

Syllabus

On the Change Management course, you will study the three modules that interest you the most.

Managing the Human Aspects of Change

Organisational cultures, which are a reflection of the attitudes, values and beliefs of members, can either aid or impede change. On this module, you will gain practical skills and tools both to analyse these cultures and influence cultural change. The module encourages engagement with the often neglected human aspects of managing change.

Political and Institutional Perspectives on Change Management

This module is recommended for managers aiming to interpret and make sense of change initiatives coming from higher levels within the organisation. It focuses on the potentially large and unpredictable effects that political and economic events may have 

The module presents multiple opportunities to explore complex cause and effect relationships systematically and creatively. It helps managers make appropriate judgements in the absence of complete data and to reach meaningful conclusions as to the likely impact of global changes on their organisation.

The Leadership of Change

This module is recommended for managers either involved in or anticipating leading change initiatives at all levels within organisations.

We now understand how successful change initiatives require a combination of effective leadership and effective management. The module will introduce you to leading change theories, models and concepts which inform these contemporary debates. It addresses how leaders communicate change, how they respond to and rethink resistance to change and how power and politics always informs leadership activities.

By the end of the module you will appreciate the challenges of leading change and the potential positive difference that the effective leadership of change can make.

Systems and Complexity Approaches to Change Management

This module is recommended for managers grappling with the unpredictable and repercussive effects of managing change under challenging circumstances.

Change initiatives are often couched in project methodology terms, yet controlled project outcomes may remain elusive. The module examines action, effect, feedback and impact on initial conditions from a systems perspective. This contributes to an understanding of how and why localised change management projects may often diverge from planned expectations. The module explores the explanatory capabilities of such academic approaches and their potential value to practitioners.

Careers and employability

On completion of this course you will have a sound understanding of change management, with knowledge and skills widely sought after by private, public and not-for-profit organisations.

Graduates of the course receive free membership to the Institute of Change Management.


Visit the Change Management (PGCert) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

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