Systems Thinking in Practice

Open University in Ireland

Systems Thinking in Practice

This MSc has the development of holistic thinking skills and appreciation of multiple perspectives at its core. You’ll gain insights into how other people think about situations and learn to apply concepts, tools and techniques developed by systems thinkers. The research project extends your ways of thinking and acting in practice to improve complex situations. Systems thinking skills are relevant in many areas, such as business, engineering, environment, development, health, IT management, and organisational change.

Key features
• 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

The first two-thirds of this MSc is the same as our Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Thinking in Practice (E28). The first third is the same as our Postgraduate Certificate in Systems Thinking in Practice (C72).

Subjects taught

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits.
For module details please see "Course Web Page".

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.
However, some option modules do have entry requirements. We’ll ask you to prove you meet them when you register for any of these modules:
• Financial markets and the financing of organisations (B815)
• Managing in a changing world (B870)
• Creating and sustaining value (B872)
• Principles of social and psychological inquiry (DD801)
• Advance your independent learning (YXM830)

Although this qualification has no entry requirements, we recommend you have:
• A UK honours degree (or equivalent).
• Minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores of:
o Reading: 5.5
o Writing: 5.5
o Speaking: 5.5
o Listening: 5.5
o Overall: 6.0.


180 credits


Minimum - 3 years

Enrolment dates

See Course Web Page link for next start date.

Post Course Info

Career relevance
Those with both professional interests and responsibilities in managing complex situations will find this masters qualification useful to them in their work. It will also provide the opportunity for those wanting to progress to demonstrate their potential to develop new skills. The flexibility of the choice of module allows you to tailor the content to your needs and can be applicable in a wide range of sectors; including health, education, environment, international development, community engagement, manufacturing, IT and science. The study of systems thinking and practice provides knowledge and understanding that is equally applicable in the public and private sectors. 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 they have already created and how to change these for the future.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Flexible

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