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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.

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
• Knowledge and understanding
• Cognitive skills
• Practical and professional skills
• Key skills

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.

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

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.

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
Email: ireland@open.ac.uk

Subjects taught

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:
Stage 1 (120 credits)
60 credits from the following two compulsory modules:
Title
Managing technological innovation (T848)
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849)

or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules T840 and T846
Plus 60 credits from the following option modules:
Title
Advanced routing - CCNP 1 (T824)
Capacities for managing development (T878)
Conflict and development (T879)
Continuing professional development in practice (U810)
Data management (M816)
Digital forensics (M812)
Entrepreneurship: experience and perspective (BB846)
Information security (M811)
Leadership and management in intercultural contexts (BB848)
Management beyond the mainstream (BB847)
Managing for sustainability (T867)
Managing systemic change:inquiry, action and interaction (TU812)
Manufacture materials design (T805)
Marketing in the 21st century (BB844)
Multilayer switching - CCNP3 (T826)
Network security (T828)
Optimising networks - CCNP4 (T827)
Project management (M815)
Software development (M813)
Software engineering (M814)
Strategic human resource management (BB845)
Sustainable creative management (BB842)
Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811)

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, T889 and T890
Completion of Stage 1 will entitle you to claim the Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Management (E08).

Stage 2 (60 credits)
You've a choice of routes after Stage 1: a research route or a professional route.
Research route
Title
Research project (T802)

Professional route
Title
The MSc professional project (T847)

or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued module T842
Plus an additional 30 credits from the list of Stage 1 option modules.

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).

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

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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.

Recognition in your country
If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Read recognition in my country.

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