MSc Technology Policy & Management

Key facts

  • Start date: Sep 2020
  • Application deadline: Aug 2020
  • Study mode and duration: Full-time, one year

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  • drawing on the collective expertise of Strathclyde’s Business School, and our Faculties of Engineering, Science, and Humanities & Social Sciences, Technology Policy & Management is a new, truly multi-disciplinary masters degree
  • the only taught programme in Scotland, and one of only a few globally, that places a focus on policy formulation, analysis and communication in relation to the management of innovation and technology

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Why this course?

We work in a rapidly evolving and changing business environment with a landscape of both emerging and established technologies. Strathclyde’s MSc Technology Policy & Management (TPM) offers you the context and skills needed to formulate, analyse and communicate technology policy to successfully manage technology and innovation in its widest sense.

With innovation as the central thread running throughout your studies, TPM will equip you with a thorough theoretical grounding and practice-based understanding of technology policy and management. Simultaneously, you will develop considerable practical skills in the formation, analysis and communication of technology policy.

Technology Policy & Management is a cross-faculty programme drawing from the significant academic expertise of all four of the University's faculties (Strathclyde Business School, Engineering, Science, and Humanities & Social Sciences), allowing you to develop a truly multi-disciplinary perspective. This wide perspective will equip you well for boundary spanning careers in a variety of contexts relevant to technology policy and management.

University of Strathclyde is embedded in, and an integral part of, Glasgow City Innovation District (GCID).  GCID is home to global innovative companies and organisations who've located in Glasgow to nurture and accelerate growth, improve productivity, and access world-class research and technology from the University of Strathclyde. 

TPM has been uniquely designed to closely align with GCID offering you access to, and engagement with, the wide range of organisations in this rapidly growing business community.  This engagement will be realised in your studies via live case studies, projects and guest lectures from our partners - offering you a truly experiential year.

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What you’ll study

The course is mutli/inter-disciplinary and is primarily taught in intensive modular blocks enabling students to delve deeply into one overarching subject/theme at a time. This enables the building up of skills and knowledge in discrete units, thereby facilitating deep learning. It further provides students with greater flexibility and control over their own learning, aiding systematic and cumulative learning.

The course includes a cross-cutting interdisciplinary module called ‘Becoming an Effective Technology Analyst’, which will run across both terms. Students will work individually or in small groups on live case studies/consultancy projects provided by organisations based in the GCID. This will enable them to develop and apply the practical skills required of a technology analyst/practitioner across a range of themes linked to the course. In addition, students will develop transferable cognitive and meta-skills required to be effective technology and innovation practitioners that will improve their employability prospects. These include but are not not limited to critical thinking, creativity, being able to see multiple perspectives, individual and collective/collaborative leadership, resilience and so on.

Learning objectives

Overarching learning objectives include developing:

  • a systematic understanding of knowledge in areas associated with technology and innovation policy and broader management concepts
  • a critical awareness of contemporary and pervasive issues in technology policy, innovation management and strategic management in academic literature and professional practice
  • an understanding of and ability to evaluate and apply a comprehensive range of research techniques used in the areas of technology policy and management in order to create and interpret knowledge
  • the ability to critically evaluate academic and professional research publications, case studies and press releases on the development and use of technology policy and management
  • individual subject interests through original research undertaken on a relevant aspect of technology and innovation policy or management through a Master level Thesis
  • transferable employability and meta-skills including teamwork, leadership, communication, negotiation, conflict resolution and presentation


The programme will be be taught in the Business School and make use of the Executive Education suite of classrooms and breakout seminar rooms.

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Course content

All classes are mandatory. Students will complete a series of modules through block teaching over one year broken down as follows:

Systems thinking and Modelling (10 credits)

The objective of this module is to introduce participants to the theories and principles behind the discipline of Systems Thinking. Participants will study the methods, tools and techniques for modelling, analysing, improving and designing systems in a variety of organisations, including industrial, commercial and public sector.

Policy Analysis (10 credits)

Technology and more broadly science need to be funnelled into policymaking whilst technological innovations require a certain extent of social control for limiting unintended consequences. This class draws on the literature on science and policy to explore these two perspectives. Students will also learn how governments control technologies (and more broadly science) both in policymaking and in the market.

Regulation, concepts and practices (10 credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the concepts, theories, institutions, and processes of regulatory governance. Students will develop the analytical tools required to understand the interactions between actors and institutions that form contemporary governance systems. Students will also explore the transnational and international dimensions of regulatory governance and further learn how to analyse the development of regulatory solutions and their (unintended) consequences.

Systems Engineering Concepts (10 credits)

This module will enable participants to understand the principles and techniques of Systems Engineering.  Participants will learn how to apply systems engineering techniques in engineering contexts, taking into account a range of regulatory requirements as well as commercial and industrial constraints.

Big Data Fundamentals (10 credits)

This module will enable students to gain an understanding of the new challenges posed by the advent for big data, as they refer to its modelling, storage, and access. They will also gain an understanding of the key algorithms and techniques, which are embodied in data analytics solutions.

Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues for the Information Society (10 credits)

This module will enable students to develop a critical awareness of the legal, social, ethical and professional issues commensurate with the practice of Information Systems Engineering and modern data management.

Management of Innovation (10 credits)

The central focus of this course is innovation implementation rather than innovation formulation. Drawing on research insights from the fields of strategy, management control, innovation, technology and innovation and organisational behaviour, it aims to provide students with the concepts, frameworks, and tools to gain an “execution advantage” while innovating.

Communicating Policy (10 credits)

This class is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to communicate research to politicians. It examines how the policy process works across differing levels of government, how to approach (and not to) politicians and have impact.

Business Analysis (10 credits)

This module will provide students with the tools and techniques for the effective analysis and design of business information systems to enable them to understand and critically assess their respective advantages, disadvantages and applicability.

Exploring the International Business Environment (10 credits)

Exploring the International Business Environment aims to help students understand, and become comfortable with the inherent ambiguity and uncertainty in the contextual (or macro) environment where the irreducible uncertainties lie and which impacts all organisations but which they essentially have no control over. This is distinct from the stakeholder or internal environments of organisations over which they have varying degrees of control. The focus in the class is on the examination of an amalgam of contextual ‘driving forces’, the large-scale fundamental forces in the environment and their causal and inter-relatedness that bring about change in the patterns and trends that we identify as underpinning observable events in the world.

Strategic Analysis and Evaluation (10 credits)

This module aims to develop students’ ability to work as managers within complex, dynamic and systematically interwoven organisational environments by providing them with structured opportunities to explore and understand the major management and economic theories, alongside the language of strategy and strategic management.

Making Strategy (10 credits)

Making Strategy is designed to explore the issues in seeking to develop inside-out strategies. The class addresses the issues facing a group of strategy stakeholders, such as a management team, using their experience, wisdom, and expertise in exploring and making strategy.

Becoming an Effective Technology Analyst (20 credits)

The module will provide students with the opportunity to undertake a series of mini-projects and/or live case studies linked to the thematic content covered during the year with a view to enhancing the practice-based element of the course.

During the final semester, students are given the option to choose two routes of study for their final piece of assessment.

Dissertation (40 credits)

The MSc dissertation is assessed by means of an academic or practice-based project, which is prepared and submitted at the end of the third semester.

Learning & teaching

Teaching approaches will include a mixture of face-to-face interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops using a range of modern delivery methods including the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Individual and group-led learning approaches are incorporated throughout the programme and students will be exposed to experiential and reflective approaches to cater to different learning styles. Case-studies and mini consulting projects are a mainstay of the programme to help students acquire and apply practical skills (know-how) alongside the theoretical/conceptual understanding (know-why) of the topics studied.

Class materials are provided in hard copy and available via MyPlace for students to gain access to, in their own time.

The MSc dissertation is assessed by means of an academic or practice-based project, which is prepared and submitted at the end of the third semester.


A variety of assessment methods will be used across the programme to equip students for their future work environments. These will include written examinations, individual and group reports, oral presentations and moderated peer assessments. Both formative and summative approaches will be used in order to help students monitor their own learning and academic performance. 

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Scott Cunningham, Technology & Policy management programme leader
Students who takes this course can analyse the complex relationships between technology and society. This makes them greatly demanded in both social as well as technical roles, and well able to fulfil responsibilities in both the public as well as private sector.
Scott Cunningham
Programme Leader

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Upper second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in an Engineering or Science discipline including the physical or natural sciences and informatics.

Previous working experience will also be considered but will not compensate for academic performance.

Entry requirements may be widened to include other professional backgrounds and qualifications from social sciences or humanities given relevant mathematical or design-relevant course work.

English language requirements

Please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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