Learn how to lead organisations through change.

Aggressive competition, shorter product life cycles and more demanding customers contribute to today’s rapidly changing business landscape.

On our online Managing Change course, you’ll learn how successful businesses adapt to change, and thrive.

  • Examine change from an organisational perspective.
  • Evaluate how you, personally, respond to change.
  • Learn how change can create opportunities for growth, adaptation and creativity.

Access this focused part of our MBA on an online course you can fit around full-time work.

Build credits towards an MBA

This online course is part of:

Provided you meet the degree entry requirements, you may be able to use the credits you earn on this course towards this MBA.

What you’ll study

On this online short course, you’ll study the context and dynamics of change.

You’ll also:

  • explore the differing interpretations of change, and reactions to it
  • learn why and how there may be resistance to change
  • develop practical actions you can apply to facilitate and lead change.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain the main theoretical perspectives on organisational change and their implications for managing change.
  • Apply a range of approaches, models and tools for analysing, planning, and implementing change.
  • Improve organisational and individual effectiveness.
  • Analyse the roles of managers and change agents in managing change.
  • Recognise the importance of leading change and why transformation efforts often fail.
  • Describe the nature of resistance to change and approaches to overcoming it.
  • Communicate the need to institutionalise successful change.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Managing Change is an eight-week short course, delivered 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of our MBA (Global), this course is taught at Masters level.

Your teaching

Course materials are carefully planned and structured. You’ll have unlimited access to our custom-built study platform, designed for ease of use and communication. Also available as an app, you can study on computer, smartphone and tablet 24/7.

Guidance and support is one-to-one and unlimited. Your tutor will respond to any questions and provide feedback on your coursework within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos
  • projects
  • online tutorials
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from experienced academics and researchers from the University of Aberdeen’s Business School.


This course is assessed entirely online via:

  • a project in implementing change (60% of your final grade)
  • a reflective review in the form of a 1,000-word essay (40% of your final grade).

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards an MBA

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. Provided you meet the degree entry requirements, you may be able to use these credits towards our:

Online MBA (Global)

  • The only 100% online MBA from an ancient UK university.
  • Tailored to your career and research goals.
  • Develops key skills in leadership, innovation, change management, strategy development, sales and marketing.

Build your learning

We have a range of online business and leadership courses you can use to build your skills, earn university credits, and gain postgraduate qualifications.


Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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