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Systems Thinking in Practice (E28) PGDip

Systems Thinking in Practice (E28) PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Artificial Intelligence (Ai) Ecology

Course type


Course Summary

This diploma course 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. 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. It 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 and provides the opportunity to top up to our MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice in just one more year.

It aims to introduce systems methodologies, concepts and theories, and apply them in the context of a domain of interest chosen by you e.g. alleviating environmental problems, building sustainable communities, designing and building information systems, the management and provision of local authority services, developing effective governance, etc; define the distinctive nature of systems practice, and relate it to your domain of interest; guide you in your application of systems techniques to ?real-world? situations; equip you with the skills to design and carry out systemic inquiries and to engage with others to improve situations in your chosen domains; demonstrate the importance of ethics, social learning and critical thinking in systems practice and enable you to contextualise your own traditions and practice among those of others, drawing on your chosen domains.

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.

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 2 years | APR

Study mode

Distance without attendance


2 years

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. You will develop your understanding of complex situations using robust tools from the traditions of systems practice to think strategically about change and uncertainty. 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.