Taught course

Technology Management

University of Portsmouth · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Why take this course?

This course will enable you to develop an understanding of technology management techniques so you have the capability to accept broader and more responsible roles (both technical and managerial) within a continually changing environment. It also aims to engender an understanding of the management role in the investigation, implementation and operation of manufacturing and service systems, and will provide you with a broad appreciation of material resource utilisation and recovery, with consideration of effective planning procedures for minimum waste.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Apply your skills to real-life practical problems as part of the department’s partnership scheme with local and global organisations
  • Use our fully equipped multi-platform suites and computer labs to enhance your learning experience
  • Carry out your final project in a workplace environment or relate your topic to a current issue in industry

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). It will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Module Details

This course provides a broad understanding of management techniques and modern technology in a fully integrated framework. Alongside a selection of key compulsory topics, you’ll also undertake a substantial project.

Here are the units you will study:

  • Operations and Quality Management: A strategic approach is used with modern inventory and supply chain management and logistics tools and techniques. Management strategies are developed for quality, including quality systems and quality control.
  • Information Technology and Management: The design and analysis of information systems is dealt with in the context of business as a whole, including network design requirements. Emphasis is made on web publishing and modern forms of management communication.
  • Strategies for Resource Husbandry and Recovery: The effective use of resources to minimise environmental impact is the major theme of this unit. The total product life cycle, including disposal, is considered in a management context that includes an analysis of economic viability, potential life extension and recovery processes.
  • Supply Chain Management: Supply chain management involves the coordination of production, inventory, location and transportation, among participants in a supply chain. This unit considers the principles and tools of supply chain management, with an emphasis on lean six sigma methods.
  • Strategic Management: This unit is designed to introduce principles of organisational structure, project management and change management. Teaching will address how to synthesise strategies from a range of approaches to achieving goals, utilising analytical techniques for project management and managing change, addressing external and internal pressures and constraints.
  • Integrated Manufacturing Systems: Systems concepts and techniques are developed in logistics and manufacturing areas with a strong emphasis on simulation techniques and practical case study analysis.
  • Individual Project: A strong feature of the course is the individual project, which comprises a third of the course. You will be encouraged to undertake projects where possible in industrial companies. However, we can use our extensive resources and staff skills to also undertake them within the University.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions in conjunction with implementing your individual project, which can often be linked with industry. In addition, you will need to spend significant time in our state-of-the-art laboratories and the library as well as in private study directed by lecturers.

Assessment is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework assignments
  • A laboratory report
  • A dissertation

Student Destinations

Management specialists must learn to understand the technology context in which decisions are made, whilst engineers increasingly need a range of management skills. The 'communication gap' between engineers and managers must be closed if they are to work effectively together as team members with a common goal.

On graduating from this course, you can expect to find employment in a wide range of engineering and management-based careers such as production management, manufacturing, project management, design, research and development.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12/16 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566