Digital Transformation For Third Sector Leaders (PGT)


Digital Transformation for Third Sector Leaders

Duration: 10 weeks
Credits: 10 Academic Credits (UG)
Delivery: All course content is delivered on Moodle, our virtual learning platform. You will converse with the tutors and fellow students in online forums.
Timetable: Fully online and flexible, with no scheduled classes to attend.
Funding: You are eligible for a fully funded place on this course if you are Scottish-domiciled and/or work for an organisation based in Scotland.
College: College of Social Sciences
School: School of Social & Environmental Sustainability

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Elevate your leadership skills and unlock the full potential of digital transformation for your organisation's success with this Upskilling course. Designed for senior staff and leaders in third sector organisations, this course empowers learners to cultivate essential digital transformation leadership skills, enabling them to craft effective strategies for their organisations to seamlessly align with short- and long-term objectives and providing a fundamental understanding of how relevant technology platforms operate.

Why this course

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand key concepts related to digital technologies and their application in business and organisational transformation within the third sector;
  • Investigate the digital technology business landscape and conduct critical contextual analyses of potential transformational opportunities and challenges;
  • Develop and articulate a comprehensive digital transformation strategy and plan;
  • Establish connections within a network of peers and fellow learners who share similar interests;
  • Explain various concepts and technology models pertinent to digital transformation in the third sector;
  • Recognise and research the specific opportunities and challenges linked to digital transformation in the third sector.

Course structure

This course is designed to equip thrid sector leaders with valuable skills to drive effective digital transformation. It will cover the following topics:

Week 1: What is Technology?

Week 2: Hardware & Software

Week 3: Idea Development & Problem Solving

Week 4: Business Model Development

Week 5: Business Model Canvas: The First Step in Transformation

Week 6: Transformation Approaches & Strategies

Week 7: Leadership for Transformation & Sustainability

Week 8: Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship

Week 9: The Strategy Document

Week 10: Online Live Q&A Session



  • Digital Transformation Framework (optional) (100%)

Learners will produce a 2,000 word framework for a digital transformation project which sets out a strategy and plan for delivering transformational business and operational change. Strategies should articulate the economic, social and environmental benefits of digital transformation, and detail an associated action plan.

Learners who choose to submit this assessment will be awarded 10 Academic Credits towards a relevant Undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow.


Meet The Team

This course is designed and delivered by Professor Douglas ShandProfessor of Leadership and Enterprise at the School of Social and Environmental Sustainability. 

Douglas is an internationally recognised leader in delivering business benefit from emerging and disruptive technologies. His career has included senior leadership and executive roles at global blue-chip businesses such as Oracle and PwC and several technology start-ups. Douglas has won international awards for innovation and is an expert in the application of Agile methodologies in both software development and general business strategy. He provides strategy and M&A advice to Private Equity and Venture Capital investors. He mentors companies in the telecoms and emerging technology sectors.


Course alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all courses as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a course. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

This course is designed to equip learners with skills to progress into the following roles and industries:

  • Leadership Role in Third Sector
  • Local Government (Policy and Strategy)
  • National Government (Policy and Strategy)
  • Third and Public Sector Consultancy

Completion of this course grants potential for:

  • Further academic study
  • Promotion
  • Increased earning potential
  • New career path

Entry requirements

It is suggested that learners on this course are educated to at least SCQF Level 6 and have an IELTS equivalent of 6.5.

Learners will not be asked to prove their academic or professional history.