Systemic Leadership and Organisational Development MSc



About the course

The different ways in which systemic leadership and consulting practices respond to organisational challenges and personal, relational and development issues is a key element of this course, which will help you develop insights into systemic organisational practice and theory.

Developed for corporate and business leaders in health or care settings, social and community workers, religious leaders and other professionals, it will enable you to take a step-change in your leadership practice.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Systemic Leadership and Organisational Development MSc at Bedfordshire and:

  • Study how different paradigms influence ways of leading, consulting, coaching, organising and managing change and development in organisations
  • Explore current research and advanced scholarship in systemic and related fields, including a range of theoretical frameworks and approaches in relation to systemic practice and research methodologies
  • Develop systemic coaching and consultation techniques so that you can ethically engage with, explore and expand possibilities for communication and action in an organisational context
  • Gain reflexive leadership skills so you can observe, discuss, critique and draw learning from your own practice, with a particular focus on issues surrounding power, diversity and social difference
  • Benefit from the creative use of a range of inquiry techniques in leadership and consulting situations in ways that serve to ethically intervene in unfolding possibilities in organisations.





Systemic Leadership and Organisational Development - MSc - University Square Campus, Luton

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  • Course level - Postgraduate
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  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

This course on systemic leadership and organisational development is distinctive in its approach to learning, the transformational experience it offers, the development of practical skills and its ethos. To point to some of these features more specifically the course offers:


  • Comprehensive and practical systemic frameworks that help you to orientate in complex organisational situations and work effectively and ethically as leader or consultant from within such situations.

  • Development of relational sensibilities and skills in listening and talking with others in ways that invite understanding, orientation, direction and commitment.

  • An opportunity to make practical ethical contributions to your organisation whilst you are studying, and in the process developing your role and position in relation to others.

  • A transformational experience that changes your way of making sense of your organisational `reality and your contribution from within it. The course is likely to also change your sense of professional identity and agency in the world.

  • Development of scholarship in systemic social constructionist approaches which are increasingly recognised as contributing to cutting edge thinking and practising in the field of organisation studies and development.

  • An opportunity to take stock of the resources and resourcefulness you bring to the course and build them into your learning practice and experience.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Designing, Facilitating And Sustaining Systemic Organisational Development (ASS054-6) Compulsory
  • Dissertation In Systemic Organisational Practice (ASS056-6) Compulsory
  • Systemic Leadership And Organisational Development - Principles And Applications (ASS051-6) Compulsory
  • Systemic Research Methods: Positions, Actions And Interventions (ASS055-6) Compulsory
  • The Leader And Consultant As Systemic Coach (ASS052-6) Compulsory
  • The Reflexive Leader/Consultant Within Organisational Complexity (ASS053-6) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

Central to the learning on the course are assignments for systemic practice which relate directly to the content focus of the respective units. Assignments provide you with a structure to make your learning relevant to your work place, using systemic approaches to make sense of situations, engaging with or collaborating with others, supporting others, facilitating developments and so forth. The course structure facilitates you in the development of your assignments through teaching, practice and formative exercises and tutorials.


Assignments create possibilities to learn from action and reflection and provide the opportunity for valuable feedback for your learning. You will account for assignments in seminar papers, presentations or performances that explore how the assignment connects to the course unit, how systemic practice and theory have been applied, provide insight into the specific practice, explore the developments that emerge from it and the learning it creates.


Assessments of seminar papers and presentations provide an opportunity to consolidate and share learning from the course and practice and provide another level of feedback, reflection and discussion on practice learning.


Criteria for assessments are


  • Relevance to the unit and demonstration of specified learning outcomes
  • Coherence, clarity of structure and orientation provided for the reader / audience
  • Use of literature of relevant theory
  • Lived practice and how it is connected with theory
  • Attention to ethical issues and concerns including power, gender, social differences, diversity and inclusiveness
  • Format and presentation

Entry requirements

  • Interview

In addition - considering practice-related assignments as a core element to the learning strategy - you need to have a current organisational work setting (employed or voluntary) where you are in a position to influence meaning making and interaction in the work place.

  • Positional leadership within a hierarchy is not a prerequisite for the course
  • The work setting does not have to be in the UK

Whilst a wide range of work settings are deemed feasible, admission to the course is subject to an interview with a course tutor with the main purpose to discuss with you more specifically the requirements for work- related learning, alongside your interest in the course and any questions you may have. This will involve also a joint exploration of how the work-related learning model of the course is suitable and meaningful for you and contributing to your organisational context. This interview does not have to be face-to-face but can be on skype or other communication platforms.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The course helps your employability and career management in developing your abilities:


  • to account for your practice as leader or consultant facilitating the development of organisations and the achievement of objectives
  • to engage with and make sense of a job opportunity from a wider contextual awareness and mindfulness of the organisation as whole.
  • to engage with the emergent possibilities rather than only the set properties of a particular job or position
  • to use your reflective skills to account for your own practice, abilities and experience and how these contribute to developments in coherent and compelling ways.



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and funding

  • Fees are £4,534

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £8,000

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £6,800. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £12,000

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

UK/EU

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

International

A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

  • UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

  • EU students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or apply online

  • International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country.

    You can also apply online

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