• Application Deadline
  • 6 months
The Managing systemic Change: Inquiry Action and Interaction programme offered by The Open University UK, views change as inescapable in managing everyday situations ranging from personal to workplace to society in general. Rather than passively accepting change this module will equip you with skills to shape the nature and direction of change. 


By studying the Managing systemic Change: Inquiry Action and Interaction programme offered by The Open University UK you will be able to take stock of your past experience, examine issues in your own working life, make sense of them using a range of innovative ideas, tools and techniques, and extend your competence as a professional. In our contemporary world, where all organisations face increasing uncertainty and complexity, the experience of our students is that successfully completing our systems modules not only benefits them personally but is of great benefit to the organisation in which they are employed.

The module will meet the needs of anyone engaged with taking action in situations that involve complex inter-connections, multiple stakeholder interests and have problematic boundaries. It will meet these needs by providing practical and conceptual foundations for managing in the broadest sense.

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. You will be able to contact your tutor by phone, email and post. There is a student online forum.

This module is ideal for those people who are in situations such as:

  • inspiring innovation and/or creativity
  • providing leadership
  • organisations where you have to work with others to get something done – particularly where you want to feel good about working together
  • positions where you have to work across boundaries (internal or external)
  • tasks involving professionals with different perspectives on issues e.g. groups of policy-makers and other practitioners; public sector agencies; groups including business, government and NGOs; health services; project teams, etc.
  • having to engage others in what you are doing (i.e. building stakeholding) either within or external to your organisation or project
  • those where you and others are uncertain about the nature of the problem and thus what would constitute a solution (i.e. dealing with wicked problems)
  • developing new policies that will affect a wide range of people
  • managing change of some form or another
  • project or programme development and/or delivery
  • participating in or managing multi, inter or transdisciplinary research
  • interdepartmental working parties, groups, committees
  • managing a staff team
  • policy development or implementation
  • working more effectively with your colleagues and communities in developing your practice.

From the module you will begin to appreciate the limitations of many current ways of thinking and learn how they can exacerbate complexity, creating unintended consequences that can lead to systemic failure. When you finish you should be able to think and act differently, not only as an individual but in your working with others. Your ability to work with others will be developed by understanding what social learning and communities of practice are, and how you can participate in, and contribute to, both.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 6 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • This module is based on the assumption that everyone is engaged in some form of practice – whether as a professional, a manager, a parent or a student. Through the module you will appreciate how your own understanding and practice can influence change. 
  • The module begins by exploring the nature of change and systems practice and why there is a need to manage systemic change. 
  • It goes on to address a simple but profound question: what is it that you do when you do what you do? It then considers the implications of practice in a networked or interconnected world, where groups, teams, organisations and even nations will have to be smarter in their ways of working together.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • There are no entry requirements, but we do assume that you have already done some study up to HNC, HND or bachelors degree level in a relevant subject area, or have equivalent experience from your employment.
  • You do need to have a reasonable standard of spoken and written English to study successfully with us. Poor language skills will make study more difficult, and it will take longer.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1920 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1920 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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Tuition Fee Loan

  • Available to students of any age, the government pays your fees, and you repay in affordable monthly instalments. There’s nothing to pay until April 2017 and repayments start at just £30 a month if your income is £25,000. And you’ll pay nothing at all if you earn below £21,000.

Monthly instalments

  • With an OU Student Budget Account (OUSBA) the annual fee is calculated and spread out in monthly instalments.

Employer sponsorship

  • If you’re studying for vocational reasons your employer may be willing to pay part or all of your tuition fees.

Credit or debit card

  • We accept most well known credit and debit cards.

Financial support

  • If you are on a low income or on certain benefits, and are looking to develop your confidence and study skills, you could apply for our Access to Success Route (with limited places, jointly funded by the OU and the government’s National Scholarship Programme).

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