• How is the Ashridge doctorate programme different from others?

    The Ashridge Doctorate in Organisational Change holds an action research orientation and takes the notions of relational practice, community and participation seriously. We believe that learning takes place most effectively within groups of well supported, committed inquirers who are prepared to reflect rigorously on their practice as leaders, managers and change agents. This means that participants work together, both within their supervision group or the larger cohort group, as they pursue inquiries and issues that matter deeply as they engage with their personal practice. Programme faculty operate as members of the group and as facilitators/observers, which helps create a supportive, engaging and robust learning environment. Faculty accompany you on your learning journey, rather than being remote specialists and the atmosphere is of debate and dialogue, rather than teaching and telling.

    As a consequence, programme content is immediately applicable back to your workplace and you are encouraged to share your personal experiences with fellow participants so that everyone learns from each other. 

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  • How is the programme taught and assessed?

    We seek to establish an active community of practitioners engaged in many forms of organisational and social change who, individually and collaboratively, contribute to the body of knowledge in this field.  Together with faculty, you will engage in the systematic development of knowing through a series of faculty and participant led workshops, supported by supervision Groups. Your progress on the programme is monitored through a combination of self, peer and supervisor assessment. 

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  • How long does it take to complete the Ashridge Doctorate in Organisational Change?

    The nature of the programme is such that once you have attended all workshops, the final (dissertation) phase may be completed at your own pace. The minimum overall duration is 3.5 years, however you may find that as your research evolves with ongoing supervisory support, you complete beyond this timescale so that you may present your work at a time that feels right. The current average duration to final viva is approximately 4 – 4.5 years.

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  • How can I be sure the programme is right for me?

    Open Days are a great opportunity to find out more about the programme and how it is delivered. Alternatively, we can arrange for you to talk to the Academic Director and faculty members face-to-face or by phone. We will gladly put potential applicants in touch with current and former participants, who can tell you about their own experience of the programme. 

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  • Can you put me in touch with the Doctorate faculty or alumni?

    Yes, our Doctorate programme team are happy to answer any questions you may have. We can also arrange for you to talk to past participants. Please contact adoc@ashridge.hult.edu with your questions and we will put you in touch with the most appropriate person.

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  • Can any of the workshops be attended virtually?

    No, the workshops are all attendance-based, to which attendance is compulsory so you should ensure that you are able to make the dates scheduled. 

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  • How many times do I need to attend?

    There are eleven attendance-based workshops over the course of approximately 3 years, each workshop consisting of three days. Throughout the programme you will have frequent contact with the Doctorate Faculty and colleagues through your supervision sessions. These can take place virtually to accommodate those who are based overseas. For a diagrammatical programme overview please contact adoc@ashridge.hult.edu

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  • What qualification will I be awarded upon completion of the Ashridge Doctorate in Organisational Change?

    This programme awards a DProf. You will receive, on successful completion, the award of Doctor in Professional Studies (Organisational Change).

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  • How is this programme validated?

    This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by Ashridge. It is awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University.

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  • What are the pre-requisites for being admitted on to the programme?

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

    • A first degree, a Masters degree or an equivalent academic award. If you are a mature participant and you do not currently hold an academic qualification, then you will need to provide evidence of your ability to study at an advanced level
    • The ability to reflect on and learn from your actions. You will need to be motivated to participate in a peer learning community and have some awareness of your emotional and behavioural processes
    • A good understanding of reflective Action Research. In some circumstances, we may ask you to attend an Ashridge short course on Action Research prior to starting the Ashridge Doctorate in Organisational Change programme.
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  • What kind of professional background / experience are you looking for?

    The programme is aimed at practitioners of change, influencers of change in organisations or those who wish to develop more in this area and have good business or organisational experience. You will have to be someone that can be self-reflective and is able to look at yourself, your role within the wider organisation, your role within the environment and how your actions affect change.  

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  • Do you have to be in a job to take the programme?

    Yes, as the programme is practitioner based you would ideally be in an organisational intervention role as you will be expected to apply theories drawn upon in the programme and reflect on their outcomes. If you are in an alternative situation but have access to a company or organisation, your application may still be considered. Please contact adoc@ashridge.hult.edu to discuss.

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  • How will my learning be supported?

    Your learning resources will be placed onto Canvas, our virtual platform, which you can access 24 hours a day, seven days a week along with your online library resources. Reading material and supplementary information will also be placed here. As preparation work is completed outside of your time at Ashridge it allows to be fully engaged with active and dynamic situations that are presented to you whilst in module. Each participant will be allocated a supervisor and placed into supervision groups. Within these groups you will work through issues and assignments. You will also review and support each other.

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  • What is included in the programme fee?

    Fees include meals whilst in module; additional e-Learning resources; free onsite access to a fully equipped gym with swimming pool at The Lifestyle Centre all within beautiful surroundings.

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  • Are there any scholarships/bursaries available?

    Scholarships and bursaries are not usually awarded for this programme. However should you wish to discuss your needs further you are welcome to contact the programme team at adoc@ashridge.hult.edu

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  • Where can I find funding support?

    There are a number of ways to fund your studies other than taking out a loan. You might wish to consider options such as employer sponsorship and salary sacrifice. If you are an international student then some councils will award scholarships. Please visit our website for further advice on the options available.

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