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Change Management PGCert


Course Description

Course Overview:

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.

Your employer will benefit from your ability to maximise organisational success during periods of change, as well as your capacity to effectively communicate the changes to staff.

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

Why study with Brighton Business School?

The Business School at the University of Brighton has a postgraduate community of around 600 students from a diverse range of backgrounds whose learning experience is enriched by the high quality of our research

The latest Research Assessment Exercise (2014) ranked us in the top 5 UK business schools in terms of world-leading research outputs. Our postgraduate programmes reflect the research that is being undertaken.

The University of Brighton's Institute of Change Management (IoCM) is the only professional membership organisation in Europe dedicated to change management practitioners.

Course Content:

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

You may choose three from the following four modules:

- Managing the Human Aspects of Change
This module is recommended for managers engaging with the challenges arising out of managing people during times of significant change. The module encourages engagement with the often neglected human aspects of managing change, informed by understanding the involvement of individuals and groups within all successful changes.

Organisational cultures, which are a reflection of the attitudes, values and beliefs of organisational members, can either aid or impede change. Participants will gain practical skills and tools both to analyse these cultures and influence cultural change. Upon completion of this module you will have a much better understanding of the complexities of managing the human aspects of 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 on individual organisations.

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.

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

Entry Requirements

Individual offers may vary. Normally a good honours degree or equivalent is required. Work experience is useful but not essential. Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements then please contact us. In order to benefit from, contribute to and enjoy the course, a good command of spoken and written English language is required. If English is not your first language, you will need English language proficiency equivalent to an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5, with 6 in the written test.

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