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Managing Change

Duration: 2 months
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Module
Suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Health Studies


This module equips students with the knowledge and tools required for critical examination of the ways in which change can be introduced, managed evaluated and reviewed.

The learning outcomes for the module are to enable the student to:

  • Evaluate tools used in the diagnosis of change
  • Critically appraise strategies and models for managing change
  • Evaluate the potential sources of resistance to change and strategies which can be used to successfully overcome them
  • Critically analyse models of organisational culture and implications for managing change
  • Apply a critical understanding of the nature of change and the change process
  • Demonstrate the critical application of change models and tools

Why Bradford?

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development. It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Entry requirements

The University welcomes applications from all potential students regardless of their previous academic experience; offers are made following detailed consideration of each individual application. Most important in the decision to offer a place is our assessment of a candidate’s potential to benefit from their studies and of their ability to succeed on this particular programme and your application will be based on a combination of your formal academic qualifications and other relevant experience.

Applications are welcome from candidates with non-standard qualifications. Those who lack academic qualifications but who have significant relevant experience will be considered. Please talk to us if you do not fit the standard pattern of entry qualifications.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The syllabus for the module includes:

  • Organisations and their changing environments; the nature of change and its impact on organisations; individuals and groups.
  • Organisational development; origins and phases to a planned approach.
  • Developments in change management; emerging challenges from planned to emergent change.
  • Organisational culture and its impact on change.
  • Diagnosis, models and theories of change; planning, implementing and evaluating successful and unsuccessful change.
  • Frameworks for change; approaches and choices.
  • Individuals and change; resistance, commitment and readiness, individual reactions to change, individual preferences, the role of the change agent, employee involvement and engagement.
  • Change and knowledge management.
  • Leading and managing change; the role of the leader and the manager in the change process.
  • Understanding the realities of change and its impact on people and organisations.

This module is a core module for:

MSc /Post Graduate Diploma Leadership Management and Change in Health and Social Care

MSc International Health Management (Bradford and Dubai)

Postgraduate Certificate Project and Change Management

The module is also an option for:

MSc /Post Graduate Diploma in Health & Social Care Management

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

A 4000 word applied assignment critically examines the application of change theory in practice.


Storyboard using a change model critically analysed & supported with theory (4000 word equivalent)

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

The module sits within programmes designed to meet the needs of existing (middle or senior) or aspiring managers in health or social care organisations, social enterprises and the voluntary or independent sector who wish to develop strategic management skills.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £1,500 (standard 30 credit module fee)


  • Home/EU: £1,545 (standard 30 credit module fee)

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a module at the Faculty of Health Studies please download our module application form below:

Return completed forms to the FoHS recruitment team via email.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.