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MSc Organisational Change and Development
Explore the relevance of organisational change and development theory to work settings.

MSc Organisational Change and Development / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

MSc Organisational Change and Development aims to develop graduates who are capable of contributing to organisational change, and development initiatives/activities, in developing and transitional economies.

Drivers including economic crisis, structural adjustment, competition and technical innovation require organisations in developing and transitional economies to change and develop on an ongoing basis. This course satisfies the growing need for staff who can make a difference in this area.

You will learn from highly experienced lecturing staff who have extensive international experience, and benefit from in-depth overseas fieldwork that involves private, public and not-for-profit organisations.


The course is aimed at individuals involved in processes of organisational change and development in developing and transitional economies. You are likely to have a professional interest in management and human resource issues, as reflected in the content of the core and optional course units.

In previous years, participants have been drawn from a variety of backgrounds, including managers, administrators, consultants and professional practitioners. Past participants have also been drawn from the public, private and NGO sectors.

The aim of this course is to develop you into a more effective agent of organisational change and development, by providing you with new analytical capacities, skills and knowledge. By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the academic and theoretical basis of organisational change and development.
  • Develop realistic HR strategies that contribute to effective organisational change and development interventions.
  • Contribute positively to organisationally-based initiatives through the effective diagnosis, planning, management and implementation of organisational change and development interventions.
  • Engage in specific specialist processes of organisational change and development.
  • Synthesise new and existing knowledge by undertaking academic or specialist organisational change and development research.

Special features

The course includes a fieldtrip to a UK or overseas destination, giving you practical experience of the issues discussed in class. During the visit, you also have the opportunity to discuss course topics with specialists and professionals in the field. The cost of the fieldtrip is included in the course fee.

Teaching and learning

Part-time Study

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over 27 months.  There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme, therefore if you are considering taking a programme on a part-time basis, you should discuss the requirements with the Programme Director first and seek approval from your employer to have the relevant time off.  Timetabling information is normally available from late August from the Programme Administrator and you will have the opportunity to discuss course unit choices during induction week with the Programme Director.

Coursework and assessment

The taught elements of the programme, carrying 120 credits overall is continuously assessed by a variety of methods (project based reports, essays), involving largely individual submissions, but also elements of group work.

Participants must also complete a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation worth an additional 60 credits on a topic of their choice approved by the Programme Directors.  This dissertation usually addresses change and development issues and students are encouraged to base their dissertations on topics of direct professional concern to themselves.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Organizational Psychology, Management and Change MGDI70081 15 Mandatory
Organisation Development MGDI70461 15 Mandatory
Organisational Change Strategies MGDI70882 15 Mandatory
Research Methods and Skills in Organisational Contexts MGDI77770 15 Mandatory
Introducing Information Systems in Organisations MGDI60012 15 Optional
Public Sector Reform and Management MGDI60081 15 Optional
International Management MGDI60101 15 Optional
Human Resource Development & Leadership MGDI60162 15 Optional
Human Resource Practice 2 MGDI70432 15 Optional
Managing Quality in Development MGDI70472 15 Optional
Human Resource Practice 1 MGDI70661 15 Optional
Gender & Development MGDI70802 15 Optional
Information Technologies and Human Resources MGDI70831 15 Optional
Planning and Managing Development MGDI70992 15 Optional
Learning, Training and Development MGDI71441 15 Optional
Development Practice: International Contexts and Worlds of Action MGDI71981 15 Optional
Characteristics and Skills of Development Practice MGDI71992 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 17 course units


The Arthur Lewis Building provides excellent resources including analytical laboratories, studio facilities, workshops, seminar rooms, an on-site cafe and dedicated computer clusters including GIS facilities.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: