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Systems Thinking in Practice

The Open University UK

24 months
7780 GBP/year
7780 GBP/year
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This Systems Thinking in Practice course from The Open University UK develops your ability to approach and tackle complex, messy problem situations, providing practical tools that will help bring new perspectives and approaches to problem solving. It may well change how you think about a task and situation.

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In this Systems Thinking in Practice course from The Open University UK  you will consider the roles other people play, reflect on your own and others’ practice and assess how the different components within a situation are related. You will develop the skills to think more holistically and to work more collaboratively with others, in order to move towards effective solutions and avoid systemic failures.

Key features of the course

  • Encourages fresh ways of thinking about and approaching complex tasks and situations.
  • Develops the tools and skills needed to tackle problem situation holistically, effectively and ethically.
  • The opportunity to top up to our MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice in just one more year.

Career relevance

The knowledge, skills and understanding developed through this postgraduate diploma can be applied in many different situations. They are particularly relevant to managing and innovation in areas of practice that range from business and consultancy to health and social care, environment and development to engineering, technology and information systems. The flexibility in choice of modules allows managers and other professionals from a range of industries covering the private and public sectors to choose complementary modules that will enable them to tailor their learning. Relevance can be found in most organisations where an understanding of complex situations is required. 

This qualification can be useful for those who wish to demonstrate their capacity to manage more complex situations and problems or by those already working in systems and processes who may need to update their skills. If you are self-employed you may also find the knowledge developed by studying this combination of modules provides the opportunity to take a more objective and innovative view of the systems you have already created and how to change these for the future.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules:

  • Making strategy with systems thinking in practice 
  • Managing change with systems thinking in practice 
  • Advance your independent learning 
  • Contemporary issues in organisations
  • Continuing professional development in practice
  • Creating and sustaining value
  • Data management 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • To start this programme, you should normally hold a UK bachelors degree, or equivalent. It may be possible to demonstrate your ability to study at postgraduate level by successfully completing a module and linking your studies to the programme at a later date.
  • Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7780 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7780 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    7780 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7780 GBP per year during 24 months.


  • The total cost you pay for your qualification is dependent on the modules you choose to study. With us, you pay for your modules as you study them, rather than the whole qualification up front.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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