Technology Management MSc


The Technology Management Group of UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) and UCL Centre for Systems Engineering (UCLse) have pooled expertise to develop this exciting new programme, which aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a career in technology management or engineering management.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students learn about the challenges and opportunities of working with new and legacy technology, and are introduced to key concepts such as technology maturity, lifecycles, risk, reliability and resilience. Systems and strategic thinking is promoted throughout, and the importance of the enterprise context. The research elements aim to instil a deep knowledge of at least one area of technology management with industrial relevance.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The programme offers a blend of generic management teaching with technology-focused teaching and integrates aspects of systems engineering and project management; the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory has nearly fifty years’ experience of developing cutting-edge spacecraft technology and the programme content builds on research conducted by the Technology Management Group at MSSL in these areas.

The programme contains two compulsory modules relevant to leadership and entrepreneurship (Technology Strategy, and Business Environment). These modules will give students the knowledge and skills necessary to lead new technology-driven enterprises.

The curriculum has an international focus, with case studies from major technology companies around the world including Apple, Samsung and Lenovo. A number of industrial visits are anticipated and this ‘real world’ exposure to organisations will help contextualise the theory and techniques learnt.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core taught modules (60 credits), two optional taught modules (30 credits) and three research modules (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Business Environment
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Risk, Reliability, Resilience
  • Technology Strategy

Options

  • Students choose two from the following:
  • Defence Systems
  • Environmental Systems*
  • Project Management*
  • Rail Systems
  • Responsible Science and Innovation*
  • Spacecraft Systems
  • Systems Design
  • Systems, Society and Sustainability*
  • *These modules are delivered by other UCL departments (subject to availability)

Research Modules

Students undertake a structured research programme comprising:

  • Emerging Technology Review (group project, 15 credits)
  • Technology Management Project Concept (15 credits)
  • Technology Management Research Project (60 credits, including a 12,000-word dissertation)

Teaching and Learning

Teaching methods incorporate a mix of traditional lectures and case study-based teaching, and groupwork, in which students will be challenged to come up with novel ideas, lead groups to innovative solutions and manage complex tasks under tight time pressure. Assessment is through coursework, examinations, written reports and presentations, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Scholarships available for this department

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering or management. Candidates must also meet UCL’s English language proficiency requirements.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

The Technology Management MSc is ideal for motivated students who want to build on a good first degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subject and develop their management skills before embarking upon a career with an engineering or technology company.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Technology Management at graduate level
  • why you want to study Technology Management at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

UCLse has strong links with companies in the aerospace, communications, construction, energy, transport and defence sectors and our Industrial Advisory Board ensures relevance to industry.

Typical career destinations might include:

  • Graduate Systems Engineer (Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, GE, GDUK, SELEX, THALES, Ultra Electronics)
  • Technology/Business Consultant (Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PwC).

Employability

Drawing on our experience of providing short training courses for industry (such as the Project Manager training courses we run for the European Space Agency) we will integrate a large amount of skills development into our teaching, including skills in communication, negotiation, leadership and motivation, decision-making, and managing complex, time-constrained tasks, all of which will be beneficial for future careers.


Next steps

Contact

Ms Katrina Walker

T: +44 (0)20 7679 4909

Department

Space & Climate Physics

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