This course will develop and enhance the skills of experienced project managers working on transformational change initiatives. It is taught by the National Centre for Project Management in partnership with CITI, a leading provider of advanced project and change management development.
See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/managing-organisational-change
What you will learn
You will study six modules in sequence; each module builds on the learning from the previous one.
To start with you will focus on analysing the business imperatives that drive transformation, both in commercial and government organisations, and investigate the relevance of successful management to maximising value.
You will investigate the relationships between recognised aspects of change adoption and delivery, questioning the view that change management and project management are separate disciplines and utilising a specific change framework to show that delivery projects are part of organisational change management. You will learn and apply key techniques related to ensuring real change occurs and can be made to stick.
You will then examine organisational problem solving by focusing on a real project you are working with, analysing and critically reflecting on the practices and processes involved.
You will move on to study managing transformational change with a highly practical module that focuses on the critical assessment of best practice in complex delivery and the delivery of transformational change. You will critically evaluate programmatic techniques and determine how these implement successful transformational change, and assess the value of these techniques by applying them to a number of case studies.
You will then further develop your individual research skills and capabilities, and complete a final dissertation of 15,000 words which focuses around your personal and organisational practice in the management of complex change initiatives.
Why choose this course?
- Develop your project and change management skills
- Base your study around your own projects and improve your real work processes
- Learn tools and techniques which are proven to help businesses succeed
- Benefit from the knowledge of expert practitioner teachers and internationally renowned academics
- Share best practice and bring new ideas into your organisation
- Fit your study into your working life
This MSc course is ideally suited to practicing project and change managers with three to five years’ experience and an honours class degree. Those without an academic qualification may still apply for an experience-only entry onto the course.
The normal entry requirements are:
- (i) an honours degree with classification 2.2 or better in any subject from a UK university or the equivalent from a recognised university overseas with (ii) evidence of three or more years' relevant work experience in managing or working in small to medium projects, and (iii) two or more appropriate references or;
- (i) a University of Hertfordshire
's Graduate Certificate in Business or equivalent with (ii) evidence of three or more years' relevant work experience in managing or working in small to medium projects, and (iii) two or more appropriate references or;(i) a degree equivalent professional qualification (ii) evidence of three or more years' relevant work experience in managing or working in small to medium projects, and (iii) two or more appropriate references or;
- (i) evidence of five or more years' relevant work experience in managing or working in small to medium projects and (ii) two or more appropriate references.
This course is work-focused; applicants should normally be in full-time employment at the time of applying or be able to draw on recent experience of project work to fulfil the requirements of the assessments. Non-graduates will be profiled using CITI's project manager profiling tool, to ensure an appropriate aptitude and experience for the course.
For those for whom English is not their first language, the English language requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent with no lower than 5.5 in each band, or equivalent English Language qualification.
This course will challenge your capabilities and give you the skills to successfully run complex business transformation programmes and become expert in the politics and processes of change environments.
You will become one of your organisation’s most capable managers, understanding how best to apply processes and techniques in areas of uncertainty and significant complexity.
Past graduates of the course have significantly improved their career prospects, often moving up to more responsible roles in their organisations.
More about the course
The MSc Managing Organisational Change is a highly practical course which focuses on topics that are critical to the success of business change initiatives. The subject areas that make up the course have been identified through the applied research and consultancy services carried out by CITI, the National Centre for Project Management and other expert bodies.
CITI has profiled over 14,000 programme and project managers and reviewed well over 1,000 programmes and projects, carried out in government organisations, multinationals, engineering, IT, financial services and utilities. Much of the material you will study is used by CITI in its client engagements - you will be applying tools and techniques which have been proven to be incisive and effective in real business-critical situations.
Workshops are led by tutors who are expert change, programme and project managers with a passion for teaching. The wealth of experience they bring spans many major industries and government organisations. They are there to challenge as well as support you, to help develop your professional behaviours and enable you to become a valued member of your organisation's project and programme management community.
The course blends delivery methods to allow participants who are in full-time employment to study. Each module contains a block session of between 3 - 5 intensive on-campus teaching workshops, with distance learning tasks between classroom sessions which build your core knowledge and allow you to extend your understanding of key areas.
There are no exams. Instead, the focus for the distance learning, work-based assignments and final dissertation is your own individual work context and your real-life projects, so both you and your organisation are able to benefit right from the start.
Students are self-managed learners who receive full support from structured tutorials and from StudyNet, which gives access to lecture notes, course material, digital library collections, online discussion and group work facilities, communication with your tutors and fellow students, your personal e-portfolio and much more.
The course is taught by professionals, for professionals and is run by the National Centre for Project Management in partnership with CITI, a leading commercial provider of advanced project and change management development and support.
Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/managing-organisational-change#how-to-apply
Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate
This MSc course is ideally suited to practicing project and change managers with three to five years’ experience and an honours class degree. Those without an academic qualification may still apply for an experience-only entry onto the course. See the course description for more information