Systems Thinking in Practice

Open University in Scotland


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.

On completion of Stage 1 students can exit with a Post Graduate Certificate in Systems Thinking in Practice.

On completion of Stage 2 students can exit with a Post Graduate Diploma in Systems Thinking in Practice.

Entry Requirements

To start Stage 1 of this degree, you should normally hold a UK bachelors degree, or equivalent. It may be possible to demonstrate your ability to study at postgraduate level by successfully completing a module and linking your studies to the programme at a later date.

Computer and internet access required.

Progression Routes

On successful completion of 180 points’ worth of required courses you will be awarded an MSc in Systems Practice entitling you to use the letters MSc SysPrac (Open) after your name.

Start Date

Various start dates


Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

3 years (minimum)




Computing and IT

SCQF Level


Career Area

Computing and ICT

Career Sectors

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