Technology Management

Open University in Ireland

Technology Management

MSc in Technology Management
This MSc provides the knowledge and skills to make decisions about technology strategy, innovation and management, to make a real difference to your organisation. You'll focus on the operational aspects of managing technological innovation and change. Explore a range of capabilities key to the strategic development and management of technological innovation. Conclude with an in-depth investigation of a topic or problem of your choice.

Key features of the course
• Choose between a research route or a professional route.
• Both routes offer a rigorous approach to solving complex real world problems.
• Develops essential skills for systematically and successfully addressing technology management issues in your own organisation and wider contexts.
• Provides an excellent platform for further research studies.

Subjects taught

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:
Stage 1 (120 credits)
60 credits from:
• Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849) 30
Next start: 01 May 2022
• Technology innovation management (TB801) 30
Next start: 01 May 2022

60 credits from:
• Advanced networking (CCNP Enterprise) (T829) 60
Next start: 01 Nov 2022
• Advance your independent learning (YXM830) 30
Next start: 01 Oct 2022
• Contemporary issues in organisations (BB853) 15
Next start: 05 Nov 2022
• Continuing professional development in practice (U810) 30
Next start: 01 May 2022
• Creating and sustaining value (B872) 30
Next start: 07 May 2022
• Data management (M816) 30
Next start: 01 Nov 2022
• Digital forensics (M812) 30
Next start: 01 May 2022
• Entrepreneurship in context (BB851) 15
Next start: 05 Nov 2022
• Information security (M811) 30
Next start: 01 Nov 2022
• Leadership and management of public services (BB852) 15
Next start: 07 May 2022
• Making environmental decisions (T891) 30
Next start: 01 Nov 2022
• Making strategy with systems thinking in practice (TB871) 30
Next start: 01 May 2022
• Managing change with systems thinking in practice (TB872) 30
Next start: 01 Nov 2022
• Managing for sustainability (T867) 30
Next start: 01 May 2022 FINAL
• Managing in a changing world (B870) 30
Next start: 07 May 2022
• Manufacture materials design (T805) 30
Next start: 01 May 2022
• Network security (T828) 30
Next start: 01 Nov 2022
• Project management (M815) 30
Next start: 01 May 2022
• Software development (M813) 30
Next start: 01 May 2022
• Software engineering (M814) 30
Next start: 01 Nov 2022
• Sustainable creative management (BB842) 15
Next start: 07 May 2022

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules B716, BXFT716, B821, B822, B823, B824, BB844, BB845, BB846, BB847, BB848, BZX821, BZX822, BZX823, BZX824, H807, M865, M873, M876, M877, M879, M881, M882, M883, M885, M886, M887, M888, M889, M891, T822, T823, T824, T825, T826, T827, T834, T835, T837, T839, T850, T851, T852, T853, T862, T878, T879, T881, T882, T883, T889, T890, TM893, TU811, TU812 and TU872.

Stage 2 (60 credits)
You'll choose either:
• a research route
• a professional route

Research route
60 credits from:
• Research project (T802) 60
Next start: 01 Oct 2022

Professional route
60 credits from:
• The MSc professional project (T847) 30
Next start: 01 Nov 2022

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

Plus another 30 credits from the Stage 1 modules 30

The University's unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means you must include at least 60 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that we've previously awarded to you. Note, in particular, that you can count the credit from the following modules each towards only a single qualification: Research project (T802) and The MSc professional project (T847).

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.

However, we do recommend that you have:
• a UK bachelors degree (or an equivalent qualification), and/or
• management experience in a field relevant to technology management.

If you don't have a bachelors degree, irrespective of your management experience, we recommend you first study the module Managing technological innovation (T848) on its own.

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.

Our badged open course, Succeeding in postgraduate study, will introduce you to the nature of masters-level study. It offers essential preparation for pursuing your learning at this level – and is free.


180 credits


Minimum - 3 years.

How long it takes
The minimum time to complete is 3 years. The maximum time to complete is 8 years.

Post Course Info

Career relevance
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 and technological innovation effectively. This qualification is designed to develop managers who can 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 technological innovation and implementation. It will help you develop the analytical skills and practically relevant knowledge that will equip you to succeed in 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.

Careers and Employability Services have more information on how OU study can improve your employability.

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    MSc (Tech Mgmt) (Open)

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

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