The Ashridge Masters in Organisational Change

Rigorous. Relevant. Real. Change.

Are you frustrated with your experience of change in organisations?  Do you believe there has to be a better way to go about leading change?  If you do, then you’ll be inspired by our Masters in Organisational Change. 

This two-year part-time programme has been designed by experienced practitioners – leaders and consultants – to meet the needs of their peers.  Together with you they explore different perspectives on organisations and change and new approaches grounded in years of practical experience as well as sound academic research. 

This qualification also leads onto the Doctorate in Organisational Change and the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Coaching and Organisational Design Supervision.

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Please note that this programme is currently being updated and the next intake will be in 2017.

Quick facts

Masters in organisational change course content

Programme content

The programme takes a philosophical approach, rather than offering the standard toolkit. It challenges you to explore your implicit and explicit assumptions and the implications of those assumptions for your practice.

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. You will develop the discipline and skill of reflective writing through practical assignments. The dissertation is an opportunity for an extended practical inquiry with the support of tutor and peers (in the supervision group).

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Programme detail
Masters in organisational change faculty and team


The faculty are experienced practitioners. Many hold a psychotherapeutic qualification, and all are experts in challenging and supporting individuals. The 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. The atmosphere is of debate and dialogue, rather than teaching and telling.

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Who is the masters in organisational change for

Who is the programme for?

Participants come to this programme with a wide variety of organisational development and consulting experience. The highly participative nature of the workshops enables you to share your experiences with the group and to think and learn together. By sharing examples from your current practice, you work on issues that are appropriate for you, allowing the immediate application of new approaches and methodologies to your practice.

This is an opportunity to connect with other experienced practitioners who are seeking to learn at a deeper level.

The group splits into smaller action practice groups with an Ashridge facilitator. This enhances the personal reflection element of the programme.

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Learning environment

Ashridge is a unique and beautiful learning environment. Time and time again, participants tell us that the grounds are the ultimate place to reflect and re-charge. In addition, the classrooms are designed to encourage round table discussions rather than lecture-theatre style teaching.

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The Ashridge Difference

Reflective practice and action inquiry

A fundamental objective of this programme is to support you as you become a 'reflective practitioner’. The programme enables a rigorous inquiry into your assumptions and perceptions. You will notice how they affect the way you relate to groups and organisations. We introduce the methodology of Action Inquiry as a means of developing individual reflective practice through cycles of action and subsequent reflection.

We draw on action research, the highly participative approach to learning which invites you to develop a discipline of thinking, personal reflection and testing ideas through action experiments.

Benefits to your organisation

For 20 years the Masters in Organisational Change has been supporting leaders and consultants to make a step change in their capability as enablers of organisational change and organisational development. The programme is constantly evolving to address the increasing complexity and demands of organisational life. It has been designed for people interested in reflecting seriously on their work and impact as change practitioners.

Find out more about the benefits to your organisation to identify the return on investment that you can expect from this qualification.

Find out more about ‘The Ashridge Difference’ and what makes an Ashridge Masters so relevant to business today. 


“If there is any sign, suggestion or even inkling, that you believe you were destined to play a much bigger role at the heart of organisational change, then this programme is for you.”

Steve Holliday, Leadership Coach & OD Consultant, Siemens Energy, UK & NW Europe

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