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MSc in Technology Management

The MSc offers you the choice of a 'research' route or a 'professional' route to this qualification. Both routes help you to develop essential skills for systematically and successfully addressing technology management issues in your own organisation and in a wider context. If you are interested in a more business-oriented qualification, you can take the The MSc professional project (T847) and complete your qualification with a module from a short list of relevant options. If you prefer a rigorous research route you can take Research project (T802), where the production of a dissertation will develop your academic research skills.

The effective management of technology is essential if all the potential benefits for individuals and organisations are to be realised. Technology has the capability to transform products and processes and can make a huge contribution to organisational performance and even to national well-being. Technology managers need to make complex decisions associated with identification and evaluation of technologies, developing new or improved products and processes and integrating technology with other business processes, and to manage change required by technology implementation. There is an increasing demand across public, private and not-for-profit sectors for people with the vision and the operational and strategic capability to plan, develop and manage technology effectively.

This MSc will provide you with the knowledge and skills critical to making the right decisions about technology acquisition, exploitation and implementation, and to really make a difference to your organisation, and your own professional development. The modules studied as part of your postgraduate certificate and diploma are designed to progressively develop your knowledge and skills. Certificate study focuses on the operational aspects of managing technological change and the diploma's emphasis is on the strategic management of technology. The MSc involves in depth investigation of a technology management topic or problem of your choice.

Throughout your studies you have opportunities to apply your learning to your own particular technology context and so add value to your career and your workplace while you are studying. The modules are designed to be relevant whatever your personal background and experience - the knowledge and skills taught can be applied to all types of technology and all economic sectors. If technology is a significant success factor in your organisation or role then technology management is relevant to you. Our students are drawn from a very wide range of backgrounds including IT, manufacturing, healthcare, defence, financial services, local and national government services.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career relevance and employability

The technology management programme develops analytical skills and provides practically relevant knowledge that will equip you well for a variety of management and leadership roles. The competent technology manager is a highly valued professional, capable of ensuring that the organisation reaps all the potential rewards from its investment in technology of whatever type. You will develop a range of job-related and transferable skills such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, and the ability to cope with rapid technological change. The capabilities in research and problem-solving developed can be exploited in all professional situations at all management levels. Employers are also impressed by the commitment and determination it takes to succeed with the OU while keeping up family and work commitments. These benefits, together with the opportunities to add value by applying your learning to the workplace as you study, make technology management programmes very attractive vehicles towards success in senior management roles.

There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU's Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Modules

For this 180-credit masters degree you require:

120 credits from the Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Management (E08)

And 60 credits from either the Research route or the Professional route below:

Research route

Postgraduate compulsory module Credits Next start
Research project (T802)

This research course enables you to gain an MSc by building on the postgraduate diploma that you already hold. You'll develop and submit a dissertation.

See full description.

60 Oct

Professional route

Postgraduate compulsory module Credits Next start
The MSc professional project (T847)

This highly intensive research based course enables you to design, conduct, analyse and report on a research project of your own choosing.

See full description.

30 Nov

or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued module T842

And 30 credits from the following optional modules:

Postgraduate optional modules Credits Next start
Business operations: delivering value (T883)

The course aims to equip managers with the skills to make the business processes in their organisation more effective in meeting the needs of stakeholders.

See full description.

30 May
Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889)

This course focuses on the practical application and deeper understanding of many of the methods and techniques associated with modern quality management and systems thinking.

See full description.

30 May
Supply chain innovation, strategy and management (T882)

Supply chains are reshaping contemporary business and affect everyone. This course looks at the complex challenge of managing them, including their effects, using interdisciplinary approaches.

See full description.

30 May FINAL

or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued module T837

OR if you have already counted one of these modules towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Management (E08), you may study 30 credits from other module(s) listed for the postgraduate diploma.

Educational aims

The Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc in Technology Management form a specialist career development programme. It is aimed at technical specialists or those with experience of technology management. This programme is also suitable for those with general management or administration experience where you have taken a particular interest in the technological dimensions of organisation and management.

The main emphasis of the programme is on masters-level study in the area of the management of technology. It focuses in particular on innovation, entrepreneurship, and the strategic management and utilisation of technology across a wide range of sectors, from public to private, services to manufacturing. While the academic level is clearly masters, there is a strong practical and professional orientation to the curriculum and therefore the programme is also likely to meet the continuing professional development (CPD) needs of many of those who undertake this programme of study.

Technology management graduates should be able to ground their new knowledge within the base of their professional experience. You will be encouraged to reflect on and learn from your prior experience, integrate this with your new knowledge and apply this to new situations. The programme provides you with significant opportunities to challenge preconceptions regarding the management and strategic use of technology, as well as many generic management ideas, and to remove subject and functional boundaries in order to evaluate and respond to complex situations holistically.

You should also develop strengths in analysing, synthesising and solving complex, unstructured organisational problems, especially where these have a technological dimension. In addition to being able to communicate your findings, you should develop the skills to implement agreed solutions effectively and efficiently. This, in turn, requires that you develop good interpersonal skills to enable you to interact effectively with a range of technical and non-technical personnel. The technology management programme, therefore, is directed both at the acquisition and critical understanding of a body of knowledge and at the acquisition of a range of personal capabilities.

Learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of the technology management programme you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • the general principles, terms and definitions used in the management of technology
  • decision making in the management of technology to address problems in a range of sectors
  • the techniques required to support your own research in the area of the management of technology
  • the impact of contextual forces on technology management within and between organisations including legal systems, ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change issues, international developments, corporate governance
  • the role of technology management in the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services, customer expectations, service and orientation
  • the role of technology management in the production and marketing of goods and/or services, the management of resources and operations
  • the role of finance and financial control in relation to technology management
  • the management and development of people within organisations to support technology management
  • the development of appropriate technology policies and strategies within a changing context to meet stakeholder interests
  • a range of contemporary and pervasive issues regarding technology and the management of technology, which may change over time. Illustrative examples would include innovation, creativity and enterprise, ecommerce, knowledge management, sustainability, business ethics, values and norms, globalisation.

Cognitive skills

On completion of the technology management programme you will be able to:

  • apply knowledge of the established techniques in the management of technology in an original manner
  • evaluate critically the current research and advanced scholarship in the management of technology
  • review, select and apply methodologies for problem solving, and the improvement and evaluation of technology projects
  • develop a research programme using an explicit and appropriate methodology in a chosen field of technology management.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of the technology management programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • competence in the use of the skills required for analysing, communicating and problem solving complex and unpredictable situations where the management of technology is a central issue
  • a professional approach to the role of technology manager as an individual and in a team environment
  • the ability to conduct research into business and management issues.

Key skills

On completion of the technology management programme you will be able to:

  • develop the ability to advance your own knowledge and understanding through independent learning and reflection on practice and experience
  • communicate clearly knowledge, ideas and conclusions about the management of technology using appropriate media for both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • act autonomously in planning, implementing and reflecting, at a professional level, on the development and use of technology to address organisational problems
  • make effective use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • utilise two-way communication: listening to, negotiating with and persuading or influencing others; oral and written communication, using a range of media, including the preparation of business reports.

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