Masters Leading Social Change

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MA Leading Social Change

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Please note dates for the September 2021 intake will be updated soon. 

“Leadership is becoming increasingly complex with a growing need to deal confidently with volatility, uncertainty, chaos and ambiguity” (Ghate et al 2013).

The Masters Leading Social Change aims to equip leaders in health, social care, criminal justice, third sector, clergy/faith leaders, community development, and education sectors to lead social change in an age of heightening complexity and disruption.

Increasingly, leaders in the field of social change are finding that traditional approaches are not sufficient for integration and collaboration between services and sectors to meet social need in a highly connected world.

The generators of need are now complex and interrelated. No one organisation can either meet need or solve social problems. Leaders are finding themselves in a new world of peer-based collaboration and interdependency.

Taster Sessions

We will be hosting three virtual taster sessions to give anyone who is interested in joining a better insight into the course content. The taster sessions will run as follows:

The first session will be on 25th March, 3:30pm - 5:30pm and on Module One: Advanced Systemic Principles. We will consider what we mean by “social change”, and explore core theoretical issues such as power, the social construction of identity and meaning, drawing on a range of theoretical ideas from sociology, social psychology, anthropology and philosophy.

The second session will be on 29th April 3:30pm - 5:30pm and on Module Two: Advanced Systemic Practice and will consider how to establish practical authority for change through collaborative inquiry, critical analysis and reflexivity.

The third and final Session on 27th May 3:30pm - 5:30pm will cover Module Three: Social Research Methods and will provide an overview of the research methods that will be used in Year 2 to shape and execute your own research work leading to your dissertation for the MA award.

If you would like more information or would like to express your interest in the course and be added to your database please email


This innovative degree offers both face-to-face and blended learning experiences. It is delivered using a mixture of workshops, online seminars, group discussions with other students, a learning circle co-consulting group, learning journey visits and immersions.

Learning takes place through reflective practice and inquiry, both in terms of the lived experience in the learning environment and application to the community or workplace. The highly participative nature of the workshops and groups enables students to experience collaborative leadership and peer learning, exchanging ideas and experiences with the group, and immediately applying new approaches and methodologies to practice. Students are exposed to examples of innovation and have the opportunity to expand their network of like-minded communities and people committed to social change. 

The learning experience is enriched with a Social Change Grand Challenge unique to the student’s system/ community, which is agreed prior to commencement on the Masters Programme. This is a complex social change issue the student is leading locally, that forms the focus for application of knowledge and skills.


Leaders of Health and Social Care, community leaders who come to the Masters with a local social change programme which forms the application work.