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Systems Thinking in Practice (C72) PGCert

Systems Thinking in Practice (C72) PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Artificial Intelligence (Ai) Ecology

Course type


Course Summary

This course may change the way you think about the situations you face. You will learn to think more holistically, understanding the roles other people play, taking account of the interconnectedness of all the components making up the problem situation and working more collaboratively. You will find out how to relate the ideas of key systems thinkers to your own practice. The discipline of systems thinking gives you the tools to challenge your approach to complex situations; to assess how all the different components within a situation are related; to consider the roles other people play; to recognise that each person brings with them their own perspective on a situation and to work with those multiple perspectives.

It deepens your understanding of the nature of complex and messy problem situations and how they can be tackled; helps you develop new ways of thinking about and approaching situations that cross multiple discipline and skill boundaries and provides skills to think more holistically and work more collaboratively to avoid systemic failures. This certificate is the first stage of a study programme that progresses to a postgraduate diploma and finally a master?s degree. You can step off at any point, or study the whole programme. It aims to: introduce systems concepts and theories that can be used to make sense of complex situations; define the distinctive nature of systems practice; enable you to use a range of systems ideas in your own practice; equip you with the skills to design and carry out systemic inquiries to improve situations; demonstrate the importance of ethics, social learning and critical thinking in systems practice; show how multiple stakeholder perspectives can be taken into account in systems practice and enable you to contextualise your own traditions and practice among those of others.

The knowledge and skills developed through this postgraduate certificate course will provide benefits in a wide variety of economic sectors to you as well as to your employers or other organisations. Applications exist in any organisation where complex processes exist and where a change is required, including, for example, health services, environmental and development management, manufacturing and IT. Managers at all levels will find the ability to approach complex problems from a systems perspective to be a useful addition to their management and leadership skills portfolio. If you are self-employed you may also find the knowledge developed enables you to take a more objective and innovative view of the systems you have already created and how to change these for the future.

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 1 year | APR

Study mode

Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date



In this module, you will improve your management skills by exploring different approaches to engaging with complex situations and by developing your understanding of how cognitive processing shapes practice. The situations that you choose to work with in the module to develop your practice with systems tools can either derive from your existing, or aspiring, professional capacity or simply be of general interest to you. Although most of the work for this module can be done either online or offline, part of the module is presented exclusively online.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fees are paid per unit.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Not known

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should normally hold a UK bachelors degree, or equivalent.