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MSc in Organisational Change

Course Description

This two-year part-time Masters programme has been developed by a team of practising faculty, to specifically address the unique challenges within organisations. The programme is aimed for those who support and enable change, wishing to deepen their understanding of organisations and the contribution they can make in increasingly complex and uncertain environments.

The programme offers the unique combination of; access to the latest research, experience of faculty/participants and the combination of a practical approach with theoretical insight. A virtual element is also incorporated into the programme design, supporting participants to develop their ability to work successfully in a virtual environment.

The programme is designed to develop an individual's practice through a combination of grounded practical inquiry and capability development, theoretical rigour and active experimentation. The programme attracts international participants who wish to develop their practice in a peer learning community, by interacting with each other and faculty in processes designed to engage the full range of learning styles. Our experiential approach builds on existing skills, provokes self-reflection and integrates new learning from the start.

Who is the programme for?

Participants come to this programme with a wide variety of organisational development and consulting experience. The highly participative nature of the workshops enables you to share your experiences with the group and to think and learn together. By sharing examples from your current practice, you work on issues that are appropriate for you, allowing the immediate application of new approaches and methodologies to your practice.

This is an opportunity to connect with other experienced practitioners who are seeking to learn at a deeper level.

Reflective practice and action inquiry

A fundamental objective of this programme is to support you as you become a 'reflective practitioner'. The programme enables a rigorous inquiry into your assumptions and perceptions. You will notice how they affect the way you relate to groups and organisations. We introduce the methodology of Action Inquiry as a means of developing individual reflective practice through cycles of action and subsequent reflection.

We draw on Action Research, the highly participative approach to learning which invites you to develop a discipline of thinking, personal reflection and testing ideas through action experiments.

Benefits to your organisation

For 20 years the Masters in Organisational Change has been supporting leaders and consultants to make a step change in their capability as enablers of organisational change and organisational development. The programme is constantly evolving to address the increasing complexity and demands of organisational life. It has been designed for people interested in reflecting seriously on their work and impact as change practitioners.

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(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

A first degree, equivalent academic award, or evidence of appropriate conceptual and study skills. At least five years’ experience in an organisational intervention role. The ability to reflect and learn from your own actions and experiences. The motivation to participate in a peer learning community and some awareness of your own emotional and behavioural process.

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