Doctorate in Organisational Change

The Doctorate in Organisational Change is a Professional Doctorate aimed at those who wish to work beyond the confines of conventional leadership as they develop radical new ways of contributing to the wider environment in which our organisations operate. Not only will participants develop their thought leadership as they offer unique contributions to the field of knowledge, they will also pursue innovative new practices and ways of working in organisations and institutions.

At a glance

  • Up to 5 years

  • Hybrid study

Programme Overview

Our Doctorate in Organisational Change combines a fundamentally pragmatic approach, rooted in the experiences of professional practice, with a programme of the highest academic standards.

You will develop the disciplines and skills of reflective writing, through practical assignments as you progress your inquiry. The development of the final thesis is an opportunity for an extended practical inquiry with the support of your supervisor and cohort peers.


Phase 1

Engaging in Inquiry

Spring 2024

    Phase 2

    Developing Inquiries and Presenting Experience

    Summer 2024 - December 2025

      Phase 3

      Testing Propositions and Formulating Practical Implications

      January 2025 - October 2026

        • Course content and dates subject to change

        Action Inquiry

        Action inquiry forms the bedrock of the Doctorate programme. Action research is the process of learning by doing. It puts YOU at the centre of your research. In this short clip, James Traeger answers the question "What is action research?"

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        James Traeger - Action Inquiry

        Our Faculty Supervisors

        Our faculty supervisors have decades of experience in organisational development, and through their own research and inquiry have made a profound impact in leadership development. They are published authors, Ted Talk speakers and prolific researchers.

        Experts in action research, your supervisors will be by your side as you develop your own inquiry.

        Kerrie Fleming

        Programme Director

        B.Comm, MBS, PhD

        Steve Marshall

        BA (Hons), MBA, MSc, DProf

        Megan Reitz

        MA (Cantab), MSc, MRes, PhD

        Geoff Mead

        BA, DipPG (Gestalt), MBA, PhD

        Kate McArdle

        BSc, PhD

        Margaret Gearty

        B.A.I, MSc, MSc, PhD

        James Traeger

        BA (hons), PG Dip (Psych), PhD

        Amy Bradley

        BA (Hons) , MBA, PhD

        Katherine Semler

        Katherine Semler

        BA (Hons) , MA, PhD

        Nick Wilding

        Nick Wilding

        PhD, MSc, BA (Hons)

        Josie Gregory

        Josie Gregory

        PhD, BA, DipHumPsy

        Richard Hale

        Richard Hale

        BA (hons) MA DMgt FCIPD

        Fees & admissions

        How to apply

        The application process will require the candidate to:

        • Attend Open Day to meet faculty and other prospective participants

        • Complete an Acceptance Paper

        • Interview with faculty to discuss your application

        Entry requirements

        • A masters degree, or equivalent academic award

        • Minimum of five years' experience in an organisational change, management or leadership role

        • Proficiency in English

        Application Deadline

        Open Applications

        The number of places is limited to 20.

        Acceptance papers are reviewed as they are received and places are allocated accordingly.

        Once the cohort is full, successful applications will be added to a waiting list.

        Program fees

        Application Fee450 GBP
        Doctorate Fee55,000 GBP

        Next Intakes

        Start DatesApplication Deadline
        January 202430th September 2023
        • All fees are excluding VAT

        Contact Us

        Request a call back from our admissions officer, Caroline Monfort. Or you can contact her directly on +44 (0)1442 902204

        Application Portal

        To apply for any of our qualification programmes, you will need to create an account in our application portal, Full Fabric. Log in and start your application.

        Upcoming Events

        We host webinars, special interest groups and conferences throughout the year. These are fantastic opportunities for networking and professional development.