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MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice

  • This MSc has the development of skills in holistic thinking, and appreciation of multiple perspectives at its core.

    These skills are relevant to many different domains: e.g. health, business, local government, environment, development, engineering, organisation change and IT management.

    You’ll gain insights into the range of ways in which other people think about particular situations and how to apply a wide range of concepts, tools and techniques developed by systems thinkers. You’ll also learn to appreciate and develop your own ways of thinking in practice, becoming aware of how you can act to bring about improvements in messy situations.

    Key features of the course

    • Offers you the choice of a research route or a professional route.
    • Both routes develop essential skills for addressing systems thinking issues systematically in your own context, and extend your knowledge of recent research and research methods.
    • Concludes with either a substantial piece of independent study on a topic of professional interest to you, or a more academic in-depth research project.


    Information on the modules can be found here.

    Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

    The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

    • Knowledge and understanding
    • Cognitive skills
    • Practical and professional skills
    • Key skills

    Credit transfer

    If you have already completed some successful study at postgraduate level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this Open University qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible as it may affect your choice of OU modules. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete your qualification with us.

    On completion

    On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded an MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice entitling you to use the letters MSc Sys Prac (Open) after your name. You will have the opportunity of being presented at a degree ceremony.

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