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MSc in 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.

Masters degree

Course code
F36
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
180
How long it takes
Minimum – 3 years
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Study method
Distance learning
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Course cost
Postgraduate loan available
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Course details

Modules

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

Stage 1 (120 credits)

60 credits from:

Module Credits Next start
Managing technological innovation (T848)

This module explores the processes that underpin technological innovation an understanding of which is crucial whether you are a user or producer of technological innovation.

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30 01 Nov 2019
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849)

This module draws on a range of theoretical perspectives from both strategic and innovation management to produce a multi-layered, practical, approach to strategic management of technological innovation.

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30 01 Nov 2019
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules T840 and T846

60 credits from:

Module Credits Next start
Capacities for managing development (T878)

This module builds the competence and confidence to manage development, local and global, more effectively, and bring about greater social equality and justice. 

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30 01 Nov 2019
Conflict and development (T879)

Combining theoretical concepts with practical tools, this module explores the causes of conflict, the impact conflicts have on development, and actions that can help mitigate conflicts.

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30 01 Nov 2019
Continuing professional development in practice (U810)

This module allows you to evaluate and assess 150 hours prior learning and identify and progress appropriate development opportunities for future continuing professional development. 

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30 02 Nov 2019
Data management (M816)

Discover the data management principles, practices and technologies required to develop policies, procedures and systems that control, protect, deliver and enhance the value of an organisation’s data asset.

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30 01 Nov 2019
Digital forensics (M812)

M812 covers the history of forensics, both criminal and criminal digital law, digital investigation techniques for desktop and mobile devices as well as forensic readiness.

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30 01 May 2020
Entrepreneurship: experience and perspective (BB846)

This module looks at the challenges of creating and developing entrepreneurial ventures and helps you develop your own venture or engage with other entrepreneurial organisations.

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15 02 Nov 2019 FINAL
Information security (M811)

Explore the professional and technical skills necessary to understand, document, manage and implement strategic and operational aspects of your organisation's information security.

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30 01 Nov 2019
Leadership and management in intercultural contexts (BB848)

This module examines the conceptions of leadership and management in different cultures and the expectations these raise in different cultural settings.

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15 02 Nov 2019
Making environmental decisions (T891)

T891 ‘Making Environmental Decisions’ teaches you to use a systems framework to integrate environment with other considerations when making decisions in complex environmental management situations.

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30 01 Nov 2019
Making strategy with systems thinking in practice (TB871) NEW

TB871 builds capability for making strategy within your own chosen area of (professional) practice using ideas and tools from five traditions of systems thinking.

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30 01 May 2020
Management beyond the mainstream (BB847)

This module looks at some important limitations of mainstream management thinking and explores a variety of alternatives to it – some longstanding, some recently developed.

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15 02 Nov 2019 FINAL
Managing for sustainability (T867)

This module will increase your understanding of delivering and supporting sustainability management in your workplace or support your personal interest in this subject.

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30 01 Nov 2019
Managing systemic change:inquiry, action and interaction (TU812)

Enables postgraduate students to take a learning approach to managing change in complex and problematic situations, using systems ideas and their own and other perspectives.

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30 01 Nov 2019 FINAL
Manufacture materials design (T805)

Introducing materials processing from the perspective of a design engineer, this module explores how to make components, focusing on the interactions between manufacturing, materials and design.

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30 01 May 2020
Marketing in the 21st century (BB844)

This module explores the issues that emerge from marketing planning and uses current theories and examples to show how organisations deal with environmental challenges.

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15 02 Nov 2019
Multilayer switching - CCNP3 (T826)

T826 presents the opportunity to study the Cisco Professional course CCNP-SWITCH. You will deploy and manage highly available switching technologies for internetworks using Cisco equipment.

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30 01 May 2020 FINAL
Network security (T828)

T828 presents the opportunity to jointly study the Cisco CCNA Security and CCNA Cyber Security Operations. You will explore information systems security management and secure internetworked systems.

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30 01 Nov 2019
Optimising networks - CCNP4 (T827)

T827 presents the opportunity to study the Cisco Professional course CCNP-TSHOOT. You will resolve issues, based around complex routing and switching scenarios using remote labs.

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30 01 Nov 2019
Project management (M815)

Postgraduate module for aspiring project managers and practicing project managers who wish to develop their knowledge and skills of managing technological projects. APM accredited.

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30 01 May 2020
Software development (M813)

Gain the fundamental knowledge and understanding, and analysis and synthesis skills that you will need to develop software artefacts fit for a real-world organisational context.

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30 01 May 2020
Software engineering (M814)

Explore the advanced concepts and techniques used throughout the software life cycle, for the effective production and management of large, complex, and long-lived software systems.

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30 01 Nov 2019
Strategic human resource management (BB845)

This module explores the different aspects of human resource management and helps you understand and influence decisions regarding the management of human resources within organisations.

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15 02 Nov 2019 FINAL
Sustainable creative management (BB842)

This module explores creative, innovative and sustainable ways of developing and managing organisations and offers practical approaches for developing yourself, your team and your organisation.

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15 02 Nov 2019
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules B821, B822, B823, B824, 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 and TU811

Stage 2 (60 credits)

You’ll choose either:

  • a research route
  • a professional route

Research route

60 credits from:

Module Credits Next start
Research project (T802)

This research module enables you to gain an MSc by building on your existing postgraduate diploma. You’ll design your own research and submit a dissertation.

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60 01 Oct 2019

Professional route

60 credits from:

Title Credits Next start
The MSc professional project (T847)

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

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30 01 Nov 2019
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. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which the University might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us. This description was last updated on 20th March 2019.

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
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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.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations that are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website. 

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.

How long it takes

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

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.