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Technology Management - MSc

Technology has the capability to transform products and processes and, if managed effectively, can make a significant contribution to organisational performance, economic growth and social wellbeing. This MSc will provide you with the knowledge and skills critical to making the right decisions about technology strategy, innovation and management to really make a difference to your organisation and your own professional development. It is applicable to a wide range of sectors, including IT, manufacturing, healthcare, defence, financial services, local and national government services – and throughout your studies you’ll be encouraged to apply your learning to your own particular technology context. You’ll begin by focusing on the operational aspects of managing technological innovation and change, before moving to 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.

Entry requirements

To start Stage 1 of this qualification, you should normally hold a UK bachelors degree (or equivalent) or have management experience in a field relevant to technology management. If you do not hold a bachelors degree, irrespective of your management experience, you will need to study a module from the Postgraduate Certificate in Technology Management (C49) to demonstrate your ability to study successfully at postgraduate level.

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.

Duration

Minimum - 3 years.

Most students study this qualification over a period of three to six years, depending on how many 30-credit modules they study each year and whether or not they study the 30-credit or 60-credit final research module. The minimum time to complete is three years. There is no maximum time limit for completing this qualification but we cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available. Modules can count towards this MSc for a maximum of eight years after we have stopped presenting them.

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.

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.

Further enquiries

Tel: (01) 678 5399
Fax: (01) 678 5442
Email: ireland@open.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Suggested routes to the degree
You can take a number of different routes towards your qualification. The routes illustrated below are routes many students are using, or have already successfully followed.

Please bear in mind that other routes are available – see the full module list for all options.

Professional route
The module options available within this qualification mean that you could take a number of different routes towards your degree. The route illustrated below is a route that many students are using, or have already successfully followed. Please bear in mind that other routes may be available.

•Managing technological innovation (T848) - 30 credits
•Manufacture materials design (T805) - 30 credits

You can now claim the Certificate.
•Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889) - 30 credits

You can now claim the Diploma.
•Managing for sustainability (T867) - 30 credits
•The MSc professional project (T847) - 30 credits

You can now claim the Taught Masters.

If this route doesn't appeal to you, see the full module list for this qualification.

Research route
The module options available within this qualification mean that you could take a number of different routes towards your degree. The route illustrated below is a route that many students are using, or have already successfully followed. Please bear in mind that other routes may be available.

•Managing technological innovation (T848) - 30 credits
•Manufacture materials design (T805) - 30 credits

You can now claim the Certificate.
•Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889) - 30 credits

You can now claim the Diploma.
•Research project (T802) - 60 credits

You can now claim the Taught Masters.

If this route doesn't appeal to you, see the full module list for this qualification.

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

Stage 1
60 credits of compulsory modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits Next start
Managing technological innovation (T848) 30 01 May 2017
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849) 30 01 May 2017

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

Plus

60 credits from List A:

List A – optional modules

Credits Next start
Advanced routing – CCNP 1 (T824) 30 01 May 2017
Capacities for managing development (T878) 30 01 May 2017
Conflict and development (T879) 30 01 May 2017
Continuing professional development in education (U810) 30 06 May 2017
Data management (M816) 30 01 Nov 2017
Digital forensics (M812) 30 01 May 2017
Information security (M811) 30 01 Nov 2017
Managing for sustainability (T867) 30 01 May 2017
Managing systemic change:inquiry, action and interaction (TU812) 30 01 Nov 2017
Manufacture materials design (T805) 30 01 May 2017
Multilayer switching - CCNP3 (T826) 30 01 May 2017
Network security (T828) 30 01 Nov 2017
Optimising networks – CCNP4 (T827) 30 01 Nov 2017
Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889) 30 01 May 2017
Project management (M815) 30 01 May 2017
Software development (M813) 30 01 May 2017
Software engineering (M814) 30 01 Nov 2017
Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811) 30 01 May 2017

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules B821, B822, B823, B824, BZX821, BZX822, BZX823, BZX824, H807, M865, M873, M876, M877, M878, M879, M881, M882, M883, M885, M886, M887, M888, M889, M891, T822, T823, T825, T834, T835, T837, T839, T850, T851, T852, T853, T862, T881, T882, T883, T890.

Completion of Stage 1 will entitle you to claim the Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Management (E08).

Plus
Stage 2

This MSc offers a choice of routes after you have completed Stage 1; a research route or a more professionally-oriented route.

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

Research route

Compulsory module

Credits Next start
Research project (T802) 60 01 Oct 2017

Professional route

Compulsory module

Credits Next start

The MSc professional project (T847) 30 01 Nov 2017
or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued module T842

Plus 30 credits from List B:

List B – optional modules

Credits Next start
Problem-solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889) 30 01 May 2017
Project management (M815) 30 01 May 2017

Or, if you have already studied one of these modules as part of Stage 1, you may study a further 30 credits from any one of the modules in List A above. Alternatively, you may study two of the following 15-credit modules:
Entrepreneurship: experience and perspective (BB846) 15 06 May 2017
Leadership and management in intercultural contexts (BB848) 15 06 May 2017
Management beyond the mainstream (BB847) 15 06 May 2017
Marketing in the 21st century (BB844) 15 06 May 2017
Strategic human resource management (BB845) 15 06 May 2017
Sustainable creative management (BB842) 15 06 May 2017

or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules T837, T882, T883

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

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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 (Tech Mgmt) (Open) after your name. You will have the opportunity of being presented at a degree ceremony.

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