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Postgraduate Diploma in Change Leadership

Apply now to start in September 2022

Change is a constant, you can’t escape it nor hide from it and, as we’ve seen with the global pandemic, organisations tested by change often experience detrimental consequences. With digital transformation, shifting patterns of global trade and economic shocks very much on the horizon systemic, agile and disruptive change will continue to be central to organisational leadership for years to come. Successful change leadership is about creating a healthy culture and environment to build confidence in people and organisations so they can continue to perform in the face of persistent change and learn from failure.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Change Leadership has been designed for leaders who want to disrupt their thinking and embrace change leadership as an opportunity to transform people and organisations for the better. The programme provides you with an understanding of the fundamental principles, challenges, and opportunities of change leadership. Using a lens that focuses on people and processes, change is explored and experimented with in several ways. Throughout the programme, you will critically explore concepts and theory to better understand your context and how you could apply the ideas, thinking and behaviours in your work. The focus of development on this programme is on your skills and behaviour around the subject of Change Leadership, so that you can create impact and sustainable positive change within your own context.

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We are an associate partner of the University of Sussex who act as validating authority for our Postgraduate Diploma in Change Leadership. 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Change Leadership is available as a virtual programme initially.

This Postgraduate Diploma in Change Leadership is for you if you are…

  • A learning, development and/or talent manager looking to interpret the requirements of organisational change and transformation.
  • A leader or manager who is ready to challenge themselves and make a developmental leap to the next level of their growth.
  • Working in an organisation structure which relies on increased collaboration and want to understand how to lead successfully in this environment.
  • In need of new applications of skills and behaviours that work in your new context.

You will walk away with

A postgraduate diploma in change leadership, an internationally recognised qualification, which will boost your impact and career as a leader and/or manager.

The confidence and capability to lead transformational change initiatives

A thorough understanding of the theories, models and tools of change practice

A greater connection with a network of leaders

Programme Outline

Course Entry Requirements and how to apply

You will need to hold at least a lower second (2.2) UK bachelor’s degree or international equivalent and at least 4 years of experience in a leadership role. If you do not have these qualifications but believe that this is the course for you, please apply and we will conduct an interview process to ensure that the programme would be right for you. The programme is taught entirely in internationally accessible English, but if English is not your first language you will need to hold a minimum IELTS 6.5.

You will be asked to complete an application form to demonstrate your experience. We may interview you to ensure that the programme would be right for you.

To receive more information and application form, please complete your details below:

Programme Dates

The Postgraduate Diploma in Change Leadership is available as a virtual programme from September 2022. A residential programme will be available soon so please contact us to register your interest for this option.

Programme Fees

£6,995 +VAT

Apply now for an Early-Bird Fee – £5,995 +VAT. This applies to offers for September 2022 programme accepted by 30 July 2022.

We can accept payment for the programme in some currencies other than GBP, but please do contact us for more information

Find out more and meet us online

To help you understand more about the programme and what it’s like to study at Roffey Park, we run regular online information webinars.

MSc in Change Leadership

For an additional fee, learners on our Postgraduate Diploma in Change Leadership can continue their studies over a further 9 months and receive an MSc in Change Leadership.

The MSc in Change Leadership is delivered online over 9 months, part-time. During this programme you will receive taught content, undertake research and complete a dissertation project.  You’ll receive support from your Dialogic Learning Groups (DLGs) and dissertation supervision from one of our faculty members.

Why choose Roffey Park Academy?

We have been a pioneer of adult learning for the last 75 years and the only executive education institute that focuses on creating impact for both learners and their organisations.

Our faculty team are experienced professionals with expertise across private, public and not for profit sectors. They have international experience in working with clients in the field of organisational development, leadership, management and HR.

Benefits for you

You will graduate with a diploma in change leadership, an internationally recognised qualification, which will grow your impact and career as a leader and/or manager. You will be able to:

  • Identify the drivers of change in an organisational context, uncovering the organisational and external factors that are driving change.
  • Article the role and skills of leaders and leadership in change, how leaders respond to change, assess risk and priorities and engage stakeholders to implement change quickly and with confidence.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major models and tools of change practice ranging from meta, organisational level to team and personal transformations.
  • Learn with and from a network of change leadership peers.

How long is the Postgraduate Diploma qualification?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Change Leadership is delivered over 15 months, part-time. You will also receive dedicated time for practical application, feedback, reflection, discussion, questioning and planning. During this time, you will engage with your Dialogic Learning Group (DLG) to further enhance your conceptual understanding, plan for assessment and give and receive formative feedback.

What’s the cohort size and where will they be from?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Change Leadership has a minimum number of 15 participants and the group will comprise of mid to senior leaders, from private and public sector organisations with a range of qualifications and work experience. This diversity will enrich your learning experience through access to diverse cultural contexts.

Frequently asked questions

We know that signing up for a postgraduate qualification is a big commitment and you will have lots of questions. To help you, here are some frequently asked questions from our learners.

It’s been years since I’ve done any academic study, what help is provided?

Firstly, don’t panic! We will support you every step of the way. We have a robust induction and welcoming process, as well as video and other media giving students input and guidance on topics such as learning to learn, critical thinking, and essay writing.

What are Dialogic Learning Groups

Dialogic Learning Groups (DLG) are a key element in your learning journey.  DLGs consist of up to 6 learners who meet regularly throughout the programme to support and challenge each other to reach their learning objectives. Activities in the DLG include providing comment, feedback and peer assessment on the work being done throughout the programme.  Each DLG is given a Course mentor who provides advice and guidance when needed.

What learning resources will I have access to?

We have a dedicated team and vast resources to support all learners through their learning journey. You will have membership of our Learning Resource Centre (LRC) giving you access to our library catalogue, online journals, books and other relevant material. You’ll find all the information you need on a range of specialist subjects from organisational development, leadership and management to human resources and personal development. Alongside use of the LRC, all your course materials and course instructions will be accessible through our digital learning platform.

Is all of the virtual programme completed online?

Yes. Your formal teaching, with the whole cohort, will be facilitated during live, online sessions. These are underpinned by self-directed learning groups (DLGs) who will meet regularly online over the two-year programme. You will be supported throughout by our experienced faculty team who will run summative and formative feedback sessions with individuals and groups.

Where are the residential programmes held?

All residential programmes are held at our purpose-built, training venue in West Sussex, just one hour from London by train and close to major air, road and rail transport links.  Set in 40 acres of grounds, our training rooms are spacious with natural daylight and access to outside space.  From the warm welcome when you arrive, the delicious food that keeps you going to finishing the day in the gym or pool, walking in the grounds or enjoying a glass of wine in our bar – our staff and venue let you concentrate o

What tutor support will I receive?

You will have direct interaction with tutors; at the beginning of each module and in addition, you will be able to decide in your DLGs when to invite a tutor/mentor for a mentor-led session up to 6 times over the duration of 2 years.

How much time will it take?

Most of your time on our qualification programmes will be spent working independently and, as a guide, you should be prepared to study for at least 12 hours per week, in addition to programme modules and dialogic learning groups

How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place at the end of each module and is in the form of a prespentation or written piece, which is assessed using the marking criteria outlined in the handbook. There are no formal exams with this qualification.

I am self-funding, are there any payment options?

We are able to provide payment plans for participants who are self-funding. Please contact us to find out more.

Not sure if this is the right postgraduate diploma for you?

We would be happy to discuss this programme in more detail and answer your questions by meeting you online or via email/telephone when it’s convenient for you.  Send us an email and we’ll do the rest.