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Strategic Technology Management MSc

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    1 year full time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £7,470
    Placement: £500

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £14,000
    Placement: £500

  • Location:

    Waterside

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UK/EU Students enquiries

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International Students enquiries

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Overview


This course is currently suspending applications. The next expected cohort will be September 2021. Please email pgstudy@northampton.ac.uk to register your interest.

Our MSc Strategic Technology Management considers the evolving computationally efficient techniques as an approach that can assist decision makers to make more strategic and informed choices. The programme will develop your critical thinking skills about strategic approaches to technology management. The programme offers you the opportunity to examine emerging technologies, strategic theories and practices in assessing Information Systems, Logistical Systems, and critical issues in Project Management within context.

Updated 24/11/2020

Highlights


  • Industry Placement Option available.
  • Opportunity to examine emerging concepts such as Digital Twins and Internet of Things,
  • Wide perspective to technology management by strategically assessing contexts such as information systems, logistical systems and project management.
  • Unique by title in the UK.
  • Participative and interactive activities designed to consolidate and develop your understanding.

Course Content


  • The modules within the programme are outlined and briefly introduced below:

    Risk and Resilience in Holistic Value Chain Management:

    The purpose of this module is to provide future business managers with an introduction to risk and resilience. You will understand the workings of holistic supply chains and the required managerial decisions and how these intercede with risk mitigation strategies and resilience planning.

    Critical Issues in Project Management:

    Managing projects can be rewarding. Managing projects in a business and corporate environment involves a range of techniques often commissioned and delivered ‘fast to market’, frequently in a competitive and global context.

    Quality and IT Management:

    The purpose of this module is to critically review the IT Service Lifecycle from a quality perspective and consider quality processes, approaches, governance and standards.

    Strategic Management of IS:

    The purpose of this module is to provide you with the capability to co-ordinate and carry out activities and processes relevant for the creation of IS strategies with a view to provide superior performance. These strategies are then justified against several competing alternatives.

    Strategic Issues in Logistics:

    The module outlines strategic issues concerning the logistics and supply chain industry generally and you will develop a thorough understanding of the resulting implications. Real case scenarios are investigated with a view to identify the impact of such issues and to highlight related strategic decisions as the response.

    Digital Twins and Internet of Things:

    Digital Twin technologies are revolutionary phenomena for developing an exact digital or cyber replica of a physical asset or a system. Within this module, you will have the opportunity to investigate Digital Twin (DT) as an emerging technology, Internet of Things (IoT) as an enabler and other related theories and practices.

    Business Research Project:

    This is the masters project/dissertation module. The module will provide a supportive environment for you to develop your academic and individual research capabilities.  You will develop skills in completing a general investigative research project. The field led workshops will expand the specific discipline.

      • Module code: BSOM040
        Status: Compulsory
        The module examines strategic issues in the logistics & supply chain industry enabling students to develop a thorough understanding of the implications related to such strategic issues. Real case scenarios are investigated with a view to identify the impact of such issues and to highlight related strategic decisions as potential resolving responses.
      • Module code: BSOM052
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to critically review the IT Service Lifecycle from a quality perspective and consider quality processes approaches governance and standards. The module also provides a holistic discussion of the quality management frameworks within the context.
      • Module code: BSOM058
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with the capability to co-ordinate and carry out activities and processes relevant for the creation of IS strategies with a view to provide superior business performance. These strategies are then justified against several competing alternatives.
      • Module code: BSOM072
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide future business managers with an introduction to risk and resilience. It also enables the students to understand the workings of holistic supply chains and the required managerial decisions and how these intercede with risk mitigation strategies and resilience planning.
      • Module code: BSOM074
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of the module to provide a critical discussion and reflection of the contemporary and emerging issues in project management. Moreover the students will have the opportunity to evaluate related theories and techniques in project management.
      • Module code: BSOM077
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to offer the opportunity to the learners to develop skills in completing an investigative research project. The students will use their project management skills their specialist skills gained in other modules and they will work towards successfully completing the capstone project of their masters degree.
      • Module code: BSOM078
        Status: Compulsory
        Digital Twin technologies are revolutionary phenomena for developing an exact digital or cyber replica of a physical asset or a system. Within this module the learners will have the opportunity to investigate Digital Twin (DT) as an emerging technology Internet of Things (IoT) as an enabler and other related theories and practices.
  • The industry placement enables you to develop your skills and knowledge in a real-world work environment, whilst completing an applied research project. This will give you an advantage over the competition for jobs and scholarships after you graduate and could be a good starting point for setting up your own consultancy business.

    Your placement will need to be appropriate to your level of study and you should also be paid for this work. We will support you in finding and securing a suitable placement opportunity, however it must be noted that placements are highly competitive and there is no guarantee of a placement offer being made by an employer.

    If you are unable or unwilling to progress with an industry placement, for whatever reason, you will have the option to transfer onto our Dissertation and Research Methods module in order to gain the required credits to complete your programme of study.

  • What is the schedule for this course?

    Full Time Study:
    If you choose to study full-time, the course duration will be one year, split into three semesters. In the first semester you will study Strategic Management of Information Systems, Critical Issues in Project Management, and Risk and Resilience in Holistic Value Chain Management. In the second semester you will study Strategic Issues in Logistics, Quality and IT Management, and Digital Twins and the Internet of Things. At this stage you will also begin your dissertation, which you will complete in the third semester. You will undertake this as self-study (with online support) and you will be allocated a supervisor who will guide and support you through this process. Meetings with your supervisor are not compulsory but are strongly recommended.

    Part Time Study:
    If you choose to study part-time, the course duration will be two years. In the first year, you will study four modules. In the second year, you will study two modules plus the dissertation.

    How will I be assessed?

    The assessment methods used within the programme varies per module. The main assessment methods used within the programme are Assignment (Report, Critical reflection/Journal, etc.), Essay, Presentation (Oral or Poster). However, in some modules you may take tests, exams or do a hands-on activity. You will submit a dissertation as part of the Business Research Project Module.

    • To be eligible for the award of MSc Strategic Technology Management, you must successfully complete 120 credit modules and the 60-credit Dissertation.
    • To be eligible for the award of PG Dip Strategic Technology Management, you must successfully complete 120 credit modules.
    • To be eligible for the award of PG Cert Strategic Technology Management, you must complete the following three 20-credit modules: Strategic Issues in Logistics, Strategic Management of Information Systems, and Critical Issues in Project Management.
  • If you hold a recognised first or second class honours degree (or equivalent) you will be eligible to apply for this course. If you have relevant work experience and related professional qualifications you will also be considered on an individual basis.

    This course will be useful if you are a professional employed in business and/or technology sectors and wish to progress in your job by gaining a more specialist qualification. If you have a degree in Business, Management, Information Systems, Technology and/or Engineering related courses, you will be considered for entry to the programme. The course may also be very attractive to many international applicants.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Home: £7,470
    • International: £14,000
    • Year 2 Placement Fee: £500 * (for placements starting in September 2022 or January 2023)

    *The placement fee amount will only be charged to you after you secure a placement and are enrolled on the work based project in year 2 of your course. You will not be charged this fee if you do not secure a work placement.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Home/EU: £7,425
    • International: £13,750
    • Year 2 Placement Fee: £500 * (for placements starting in September 2021 or January 2022)

    *The placement fee amount will only be charged to you after you secure a placement and are enrolled on the work based project in year 2 of your course. You will not be charged this fee if you do not secure a work placement.

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2020/21 you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

  • Whether you are an international, home or EU students, we offer a generous tuition fee discounts for postgraduate study.

    Our International Scholarships page has details of the International Graduate Scholarship offering up to 50% for alumni of the University and the International Scholarship offering up to 30% for new students.

    The Graduate Discount Scheme page has information about the 20% discount for Home and EU graduates.

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Careers and Employability


This course is suitable for recent graduates of Business, Management, Information Systems, Technology and/or Engineering related degrees. It is also appropriate for professionals employed in business and/or technology sector who wish to progress in their current roles. Potential job titles once graduated will include (and not limited to) Business Analyst, Asset and Configuration Manager, Business Design Analyst, Supply Chain Analyst, Supplier Manager, Project Manager, and Consultant in a related context.