Taught course

Organisational Change and Development

The University of Manchester · School of Environment and Development

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent), and one year's work experience in a relevant area. Postgraduate Diploma: Applicants who do not fulfil typical entry requirements may be offered the opportunity to register for a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).

Months of entry


Course content

Economic crises, structural adjustments, competition, technical innovation, public, private and NGO sector reforms and other drivers all require organisations in developing and transitional economies to change and develop on an ongoing basis. As a result, there is a growing need for staff who both understand and can contribute to organisational change and development initiatives and activities. This MSc programme aims to meet that need.

The programme's aim is to turn participants into more effective `agents of organisational change and development', by providing them with new analytical capacities, skills and knowledge. By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:
understand the basis and processes of organisational change and development;
contribute to the effective diagnosis, planning, management and implementation of organisational change and development;
engage in chosen specialist processes of organisational change and development;
synthesise new and existing knowledge by undertaking academic or specialist organisational change and development research.

Postgraduate Diploma students take a package of core and optional course units identical to the Masters programme. If performance in these course units meets the standard required at the Masters level (a pass mark of 50%), these students upgrade to Masters registration at the end of the second semester and proceed to the dissertation. They then become eligible for award of a Masters degree. Those who do not achieve a pass at Masters level, but at the Diploma level (a pass mark of 40%), will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

Information for international students

For further information about entry requirements, including English Language requirements, please see the University website.

Fees and funding

British Council, DfiD, employer, aid organisations, UN organisations, World Bank, self. For funding information see: http://www.sed.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding/

Qualification and course duration


part time
27 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office: School of Environment and Development (SED)
+44 (0) 161 275 7446