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Technology Management

This MSc will provide you with the knowledge and skills critical to making the right decisions about technology strategy, innovation and management to make a real difference to your organisation. You'll begin by focusing on the operational aspects of managing technological innovation and change. You'll then explore a range of capabilities that are key to the strategic development and management of technological innovation. Your studies will conclude with an in-depth investigation of a technology management 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.

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

•Knowledge and understanding
•Cognitive skills
•Practical and professional skills
•Key skills

Credit transfer

If you've successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.

On completion

On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded an MSc in Technology Management entitling you to use the letters MSc TM (Open) after your name. You will have the opportunity of being presented at a degree ceremony.

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.


Minimum - 3 years.

The minimum time to complete is 3 years. The maximum time to complete is 8 years.

Number of credits

180 credits

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Tel: (01) 678 5399
Fax: (01) 678 5442

Subjects taught


To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

Stage 1 (120 credits)

60 credits from:

Module Credits
Managing technological innovation (T848) 30
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849) 30

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules T840 and T846

60 credits from:

Module Credits
Capacities for managing development (T878) 30
Conflict and development (T879) 30
Continuing professional development in practice (U810) 30 Creating and sustaining value (B872) 30
Data management (M816) 30
Digital forensics (M812) 30
Entrepreneurship in context (BB851)
Information security (M811) 30
Leadership and management in intercultural contexts (BB848) 15
Leadership and management of public services (BB852) 15
Making environmental decisions (T891) 30
Making strategy with systems thinking in practice (TB871) 30 Managing change with systems thinking in practice (TB872) 30 Managing for sustainability (T867) 30
Managing in a changing world (B870) 30
Manufacture materials design (T805) 30
Marketing in the 21st century (BB844) 15
Multilayer switching - CCNP3 (T826) 30
Network security (T828) 30
Optimising networks - CCNP4 (T827) 30
Project management (M815) 30
Software development (M813) 30
Software engineering (M814) 30
Sustainable creative management (BB842) 15

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

Stage 2 (60 credits)

You'll choose either:
•a research route
•a professional route

Research route

60 credits from:

Module Credits
Research project (T802) 60

Professional route 60 credits from:

Title Credits
The MSc professional project (T847) 30

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).

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time.

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