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.
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).
Optional modules - 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 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.
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.