This multidisciplinary course has been specifically developed to meet the needs of the changing face of businesses and workplaces. Technologies of various sorts are being adopted in almost all sectors, as the use of technology and engineering principles has increasingly become an inseparable element of today’s business plans. The American Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) categorises Technology Management as a subject area and notes that it is comprised of studies related to “production and operations management, project management, computer applications, quality control, safety and health issues, statistics, and general management principles”. Moreover, the emerging computationally efficient techniques can assist businesses to manage adoption and incorporation of technologies in a more strategic approach.
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Our MSc in Strategic Technology Management is the first programme in the UK which considers the evolving computationally efficient techniques as an approach that can assist decision-makers to make more strategic and informed choices. This course will develop your critical thinking skill in the context of strategic approaches to technology management and offers the opportunity to examine emerging concepts such as Digital Twins and Internet of Things as part of your study.
Strategic Issues in Logistics
In this module you will focus on the strategic issues that the Logistics and Supply chain industry needs to address going forward, including the pressures and challenges facing Industry managers from a multitude of sources. Using real situations and case studies, you will develop an understanding of the implications of these issues to enable you to prepare strategies and plans for responding to them.
Quality and IT Management
The challenge for IT Service professionals and IT departments is to work in partnership with the business to co-ordinate and deliver high quality IT systems in an ethical and professional manner. This module introduces you to the basic concepts of IT Service Lifecycle from a quality perspective, working from the history of quality and its management through to modern day quality processes, approaches, governance and standards. You will consider different models of IT service provision and resource management and their impact on the business, its customers and other stakeholders. You will explore the cost of quality and the impact this has on security and risk issues.
Strategic Management of Information Systems
This module reflects the changing emphasis within the competitive business environment by investigating the role of Information Systems/Information Technology in the effective management of corporate and managerial strategies. You will consider models and tools used in strategic management and planning, and how to align current and future Information Systems/Information Technology needs with the business objectives. You will develop an appreciation of the role of quality in the development of business and Information Systems strategies and an awareness of the importance of de facto standards and best practice in IT Service Management (eg ITIL® and other standards and frameworks).
Risk and Resilience in Holistic Value Chain Management
This module introduces you to risk and resilience in a business context, providing the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to operate effectively beyond the bounds of your own organisation. You will gain an understanding of the workings of holistic supply chains in an era of increasing outsourcing, off-shoring, re-shoring and in-sourcing of manufacturing and service provision. You will develop an insight into the co-ordination and management decisions required and how these intercede with risk mitigation strategies and resilience planning.
Critical Issues in project Management
This module will explore the role of the individual in managing projects and will interlink with the explicit management and control of projects which will be discussed on this course. You will learn to identify a range of critical perspectives enabling you to better understand, from a high level, the multifaceted landscape of the project environment and your role in it.
Digital twins and Internet of Things
In this module you will have the opportunity to investigate Digital Twin (DT) as an emerging technology and how the Internet of Things and relevant key concepts would benefit asset management.
Course modules (18/19)
Strategic Issues in Logistics (20 credits)
- Module code: BSOM040
- Core module Y
Quality and IT Management (20 credits)
- Module code: BSOM052
- Core module Y
Strategic Management of Information Systems (20 credits)
- Module code: BSOM058
- Core module Y
Critical Issues in Project Management (20 credits)
- Module code: BSOM074
- Core module Y
Risk and Resilience in Holistic Value Chain Management (20 credits)
- Module code: STRM072
- Core module Y
Digital Twins and Internet of Things (20 credits)
- Module code: TBC
- Core module Y
Dissertation (60 credits)
- Module code: BSOM077
- Core module Y
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.
Methods of Learning
The teaching style on this course enables you to take responsibility for your own learning and skills development within a supportive environment. You will be introduced to much of the core content through activities that can be undertaken in your own time, off campus. These will usually be facilitated through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment – an online portal where you will be able to participate in learning activities, online discussions, reading and reflection. During on-campus sessions, the emphasis will be on participative and interactive activities designed to consolidate and develop your understanding through debate, discussion, role-play and participation in events such as guest speakers and a mock employment tribunal.
This course is likely to attract a diverse student group, providing a rich basis for sharing different experiences and thinking on organisational and human issues. Peer networking is encouraged so you can maximise your learning from the different student experiences that are shared throughout the course.
The MSc Strategic Technology Management is available to study full-time or part-time, with start dates in January and September.
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.
The Strategic Management course uses a carefully balanced combination of in-course assignments designed to enrich your learning. These include business projects, reflective activities, group work presentation and examinations. The 15,000-20,000 word Dissertation is a major component of this course and allows you to demonstrate a range of knowledge, skills and insight in your chosen topic area.
There are a number of different career opportunities that you can consider on completion of the MSc Strategic Technology Management, such as:
- Strategic Solutions Management
- IT Strategy and Planning Management
- further study
How to apply
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.
If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
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.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£795 per 20 credits|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
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Scholarships available to international students
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