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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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Tuition fees (2017/18)

UK/EU:
£11,420 (FT)
Overseas:
£27,540 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree information

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.

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

  • Technology Strategy
  • Systems Thinking and Engineering Management
  • The Business Environment
  • Risk, Reliability, Resilience

Optional modules

Students choose two of the following:

  • Project Management*
  • Delivering Complex Projects
  • Systems Design
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Space Systems
  • Rail Systems
  • Defence and Security Systems

*This module is 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 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 information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Technology Management MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme blends general principles of management 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.

Department: Space & Climate Physics

Student / staff numbers › 66 staff including 42 postdocs › 52 taught students › 49 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Space & Climate Physics
75% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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