Applying for the Ashridge Doctorate in Organisational Change programme


Application process

Due to a limited number of spaces remaining for the cohort starting on the 21st of March 2018, please ensure you submit your application as soon as possible, and no later than January 8th 2018. 

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The application process involves:

  • Attendance at a programme Open Day, where you will meet the Faculty and other prospective participants and have a private meeting with a member of Faculty
  • An interview with a member of staff to discuss your application, and determine your ability to meet the challenges of this highly demanding programme
  • The successful completion of an Acceptance Paper, which outlines your reasons for applying and your initial ideas about your inquiry

The Ashridge Doctorate in Organisational Change can lead to the Ashridge Doctorate in Professional Studies in Organisational Change which is accredited by the University of Middlesex’s School of Lifelong Learning and Education, home of the Work Based Learning Department.

Entry requirements

For entry onto the Ashridge Doctorate in Organisational Change, you will need:

  • An undergraduate or master degree, or equivalent academic award. If you are a mature participant without an academic qualification you will need to provide evidence of your ability to study at an advanced level
  • Minimum of five years' experience in an organisational change, management or leadership role
  • The ability to reflect on and learn from your actions. You need to be motivated to participate in a peer learning community and have some awareness of your emotional and behavioural processes
  • Some knowledge of the theory and practice of Action Research. In some circumstances we may ask an applicant to attend a short course on Action Research before starting the program
  • Proficiency in English.

Your profile

You are an experienced practitioner looking to draw on participative forms of inquiry. You are keen to study and develop your professional practice with a view to achieving organisational or social change.

You are currently working in an organisational intervention role such as a change agent, manager or leader of change, facilitator, internal consultant/advisor, external organisation or management consultant.

You are likely to be interested in sustainability, diversity and social justice issues. The programme attracts participants from all sectors especially people working in health and social care, and the not-for-profit sector.  

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