Taught course

Systemic Leadership and Organisational Development

University of Bedfordshire · Department of Applied Social Studies

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. 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

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Key features

  • 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.

Career opportunities

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..

Areas of study may include

  • 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

Information for international students

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

This professional training course, coordinated by the Kensington Consultation Centre (KCC) in London, is designed to develop significant practical leadership skills for managers, organisational consultants, human resource professionals, community leaders and others in commerce industry, public services, voluntary agencies, the unions, the churches and charitable organisations.

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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