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Executive Masters in Organisational Change

Course Description

Change agents are facing volatile disruption in the world. This provides risks for many and opportunities for those that can sense, seize and adapt effectively. Many change practitioners have realised that change and innovation is predominantly a socio-technological phenomenon and that the standard approaches don't work back in their organisations.

This two-year part-time programme has been designed by experienced practitioners to meet the needs of their peers. You will explore different perspectives on organisations, change and new approaches grounded in years of practical experience as well as sound academic research.

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Programme content

You will gain a deeper understanding of the global challenges and issues that are shaping the territory of change. You will discover how a change agent can intervene complex systems, co-create cultures of change and innovation for a better world, and be given practical tools to help lead change and innovation back in the workplace.

Ashridge encourages a step change in our participants' practice based on three things:
1. a better understanding of the global challenges and trends and how this impacts their organisations
2. a better understanding of change in complex systems and how to set the conditions for change and innovation
3. a disciplined focus on application and how to work with change and innovation, accelerated through the practice of action research.


Faculty leading the new Change Masters comprise experienced Change practitioners and consultants and are all experts in challenging and supporting individuals. They immerse themselves in the group which instantly creates a supportive, engaging and robust learning environment. While faculty act as facilitators/observers, thy accompany you on your learning journey, rather than being remote specialists. The atmosphere is of debate and dialogue, rather than teaching and telling.

“In a world where the demand for management qualifications is well served, this programme meets the growing need for a reputable qualification in the practice of organisational change, intervention, and leadership.” Steve Marshall, Programme co-designer.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is designed for leaders that realise we are going through a period of considerable challenges of disruption and sustainability. Typically participants will be experienced leaders, senior managers, executive coaches, consultants or facilitators. We welcome practitioners who are not interested in imposing change but rather willing to explore new avenues of making 'good' change and innovation on a system and organisational level.

Learning environment

This innovative degree offers participants a blending learning experience. It is delivered using a mixture of face-to-face workshops, compulsory online workshops and seminars, and through virtual discussios with other students. Workshops take place at Ashridge, an inspiring environment condusive to reflection and learning, which helps participants to open up to each other and create a community within a short space of time. Time and time again, participants tell us that Ashridge is the ultimate place to reflect and re-charge. In addition, the classrooms are designed to encourage round table discussions and peer-to-peer learning.

How to Apply

Start date: Spring 2018

Details on how to apply for this programme can be found to the right of this page. Following the receipt of your application, we aim to send you notification of the decision or a request for further information within five working days. We will acknowledge receipt of your application by email.

Offers of admission are made on a rolling basis, in line with the next available start date. Please be aware that it is not possible to admit participants the programme once it has started so we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.
As part of the application process, you should provide electronic or physical copies of all degree and professional certificates that are referenced in your application form.

Attending taster events and/or webinars
In order to help you decide if this is the right programme for you, and Ashridge is the best place for you to study, we would strongly recommend that you attend a webinar or an Ashridge Event https://www.ashridge.org.uk/qualifications/masters-in-change-for-the-future/events-and-webinars/ before you complete your application.

Alternatively, we can arrange for you to speak to members of the faculty team either face-to-face or by phone. Please contact our Admissions Team on Tel. +44 (0)1442 841120 or .

Visit the Executive Masters in Organisational Change page on the Ashridge website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Andrew Burton

Why did you decide to do the Masters in Organisational Change programme?

I was intrigued to understand more about myself and how I impact others but also to appreciate the complexity of everyday interaction. Enriching dialogue to facilitate greater outcomes and allow ‘voices’ to contribute whilst ‘holding lightly’ my own suppositions was something I felt AMOC would help me with and I was not let down.

Did you have any reservations before starting?

Yes lots. Was I going to be able to meet the demands of the programme? Was I ‘good enough’ to be able to learn after so many years out of a formal learning environment? Would I enjoy the content? Will I like the rest of the group and the tutors? Can I bring something worthwhile and contribute positively to the learning?

I was glad to learn that my colleagues on the programme had similar reservations but even happier to know that I need not have worried. The whole experience was wonderful and I am somewhat jealous of those starting the programme.

What did you learn from the programme?

An incredible amount about myself and the impact of anything and everything I do or say. The complexity of people and how I might respond to them has changed considerably as a result of AMOC and that change has been very much for the better. The appreciation I have for greater collaboration and effective dialogue is a million miles ahead of where I was before going into AMOC, I would go as far to say that, for me, the programme was life changing!

How have you applied this to your work and organisation?

The learning becomes a ‘way of being’ and as such every interaction is influenced. That said I do reference some of the gurus and the work they have done with members of my team which often leads to some very enriching conversations.

What would you say to someone considering joining this programme?

You will always find a reason NOT to start the program, that special project that you have to complete, work deadlines, family commitments etc. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the perfect moment will be next year or the year after if you do, it will never come.

The perfect moment is now, right now – Go for it, you won’t regret it.


Entry Requirements

Bachelor degree, and a minimum of five years' experience in an organisational intervention role.

Last Updated

21 June 2017

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