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MA People & Organisation Development

The Transformative Masters for Changing Times

Add immediate value to your employer, your work and your life

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Blown away by my experience of the Masters. It's exactly what I've always wanted from a learning environment.  

Tory Strethill-Wright, 2022 MA Participant

Course Overview

Developed for forward-looking organisations and professionals who want to become wise leaders of change, the new Masters (MA) in People and Organisation Development delivers a fresh approach to change management.

The three-year, part-time course is designed for people with big jobs and busy lives, but who want to learn for themselves. This hybrid programme blends immersive residentials and online learning delivered by world-leading faculty, in partnership with the University of Chichester.

How to Apply

Hop on, hop off

We understand that life is busy and changable. That’s why you don’t need to commit to the full three year MA.

You can take it a year at a time and still walk away with a level 7 Qualification at the end of each year.

If you change roles, or your home circumstances change, you can take a break and then come back to us when you are able to pick it up again.

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I’ve loved meeting like-minded people where you can come as you are. 

I think differently now I’ve found a community, found a home.

Amy Martin, 2022 MA Participant

Key Elements of the Programme

This programme offers a fresh approach to Organisation Change, accessible in a completely flexible way. Acquire practical expertise, tools and wisdom from experienced faculty, through a combination of virtual and residential tuition, and use it immediately in the real-world. You will learn through a combination of:

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Immersive residentials

A retreat enabling you to advance

Join faculty and your Masters cohort at Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire, UK. Review everything you’ve learned and practice it in a safe space, guided by your expert faculty.

Cohort community days

Collaboration, cooperation and connections

Experience cooperatively designed teaching and learning that strengthens relationships and connections across your cohort.

Practice-based Action Learning Sets (PALS)

A safe space to be brave

We learn by doing, and in the Practice-based action learning set (PALS), you can reflect with others, push yourself and deepen your learning.


Tune-in and deepen insight

Available live and recorded to fit around your schedule, the Masters (MA) is delivered in-part through in-depth webinars. Evolve your Critical Thinking, Critical Writing and Artful Skills.

Self-study days

Develop a key leadership skill

Learn how to be at the centre of your own learning. Define your own research questions, determine your approach, achieve your own goals and assess your own performance.

Practice-based project

Acquire real-world experience

Deliver a real piece of change work in a different organisation or team to the one in which you are normally based.

Year 1 - People and Organisation Practice

Post-Graduate Certificate

Module 1 - Core Practice in People and Organisation.

This module introduces you to the field of People and Organisation Development, in both a practical and scholarly way.

Module 2 - Personal and Organisation Development Consultancy.

This Group Project-based module helps you deliver a piece of real-world change work in a different organisation or team to the one in which you are normally based.

Year 2 - People and Organisation Dynamics

Post-Graduate Diploma

Module 3 Practice in Group and Teams Dynamics. 

This module will teach you how to understand groups and teams through different lenses, equipping you with the knowledge to make sense of what is going on in a useful way. 

Module 4 Imagining and Creating the Future of Organisations. 

This module has a practical as well as an imaginative aspect. Working with your cohort, you will have to build an organisation that aims to meet everyone’s needs, whilst considering the nature of organising in a fast moving and dynamic global landscape.

Year 3 - Dissertation

Research Dissertation


The overall aim of this module is to equip you with the research skills and analytical approaches required to deliver a dissertation that explores a people and organisation topic that is important to you.

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Meet our Faculty

On this programme you will benefit from world-leading faculty, experts with real-world experience. We are inviting some of the leading providers of People and Organisation Development practice to co-host an annual residential, in addition to the core learning of the programme. For our first two cohorts, our guest hosts are the world-famous NTL institute, one of the founding institutions of Organisation Development Practice. In Year 1, through the ‘Intervention Strategies’ module, direct from the NTL Certificate in OD Programme, you will increase your capability in planning and applying a variety of intervention approaches at individual, group, inter-group, and organisational level. In Year 2, NTL Faculty will be offering the Human Interaction Laboratory (‘T-Group) as the guest residential.

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