Level 6 Professional Diploma in Technology Management

This professional postgraduate diploma course represents the second qualification level in the technology management programme. The diploma builds on the operational focus of the professional postgraduate certificate by providing you with concepts and tools to support the effective strategic management of technology. The compulsory modules in the diploma link the fields of strategic management and technology strategy. There is also the opportunity to extend your technology management studies by choosing optional modules relevant to your particular interests. The qualification provides an analytical view of strategic issues in technology management, and will equip you for senior technology management roles.

The effective management of technology is essential if all the potential benefits for individuals and organisations are to be realised. Technology has the capability to transform products and processes and can make a huge contribution to organisational performance and even to national well-being. Technology managers need to make complex decisions associated with identification and evaluation of technologies, developing new or improved products and processes and integrating technology with other business processes, and to manage change required by technology implementation. There is an increasing demand across public, private and not-for-profit sectors for people with the vision and the operational and strategic capability to plan, develop and manage technology effectively.

The suite of qualifications offered, professional postgraduate certificate and diploma, and the MSc are designed to progressively develop your knowledge and skills. Certificate study focuses on the operational aspects of managing technological change; the diploma’s emphasis is the strategic management of technology. The MSc modules involve in depth investigation of a technology management topic or problem of your choice. The qualifications will provide you with the knowledge and skills critical to making the right decisions about technology acquisition, exploitation and implementation, and to really make a difference to your organisation, and your own professional development. The optional modules in this qualification allow you to choose topics of personal or professional interest that can extend or form a wider context for your technology management studies. Fields such as computing and ICT, business and management, development management and environmental management as well as technology management are typically represented.

Throughout your studies you have opportunities to apply your learning to your own particular technology context and so you can add value to your career and your workplace while you are studying. The modules are designed to be relevant whatever your personal background and experience – the knowledge and skills taught can be applied to all types of technology and all economic sectors. If technology is a significant success factor in your organisation or role then technology management is relevant to you. Our students are drawn from a very wide range of backgrounds including IT, manufacturing, healthcare, defence, financial services, local and national government services.

Planning your studies

You should normally hold a UK bachelors degree, or equivalent. If you do not hold a bachelors degree then you may be permitted to link modules to this qualification once you have demonstrated the ability to study at professional postgraduate level by successfully completing one of the modules.


Modules will count towards this diploma for a maximum of eight years after we have stopped presenting them.

Because of the demands that study of the programme will make on you we recommend that you take no more than 60 credits at a time. We cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available.


You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 40 credits from UKAP modules that have not been counted in any other UKAP qualification that has previously been awarded to you.


Career relevance and employability


The technology management programme develops analytical skills and provides practically relevant knowledge that will equip you well for a variety of management and leadership roles. The competent technology manager is a highly valued professional, capable of ensuring that the organisation reaps all the potential rewards from its investment in technology of whatever type. You will develop a range of job-related and transferable skills such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, and the ability to cope with rapid technological change. The capabilities in research and problem-solving developed can be exploited in all professional situations at all management levels. Employers are also impressed by the commitment and determination it takes to succeed with the UKAP while keeping up family and work commitments. These benefits, together with the opportunities to add value by applying your learning to the workplace as you study, make technology management programmes very attractive vehicles towards success in senior management roles.



For this 120-credit professional postgraduate diploma you require:

 60 credits from the following compulsory modules:

 Professional postgraduate compulsory modules


Managing technological innovation (UK4232)

This course explores the processes that underpin technological innovation an understanding of which is crucial whether you are a user or producer of technological innovation.


Technology strategy (T5646)

This course concerns technology strategy in public or private sector organisations. It considers the challenges of technology, introducing different perspectives on the strategy formation process.


Professional postgraduate compulsory modules


Professional postgraduate optional modules


Advanced routing - CCNP 1 (UK0224)

This course provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to deploy and manage internal and external routing protocols for large scale inter-networks using Cisco equipment.


Analysis and design of enterprise systems: an object-oriented approach (M34885)

This introduction to the object-oriented approach to software, its principles, benefits, techniques and practical applications, gives you practical skills in applying object-oriented analysis and design.


Business operations: delivering value (B230093)

The course aims to equip managers with the skills to make the business processes in their organisation more effective in meeting the needs of stakeholders.


Continuing professional development in practice (UA9310)

Audit and assess the impact that your continuing professional development (CPD) activity has had on your work, and evaluate ways of sharing your learning.


Databases in enterprise systems (M0888)

Describes how relational databases can be used to maintain persistent data in software systems


Digital forensics (M0812) 

This course will help you understand how to conduct investigations to correctly gather, analyse and present digital evidence to both business and legal audiences


Forensic engineering (FE439)

This course analyses the problems arising from product failure. caused by inadequate materials, poor manufacturing or bad design – and offers guidance on good product design.


Information security (M96811)

Explore the professional and technical skills necessary to understand, document, manage and implement strategic and operational aspects of your organisation's information security.


Managing for sustainability (MT3867)

This course will increase your understanding of delivering and supporting sustainability management in your workplace or support your personal interest in this subject.


Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (MU09812)

Develop your understanding of systemic inquiry, systemic action research and social learning in order to extend your skills of project, programme and change management.


Managing the software enterprise (M882)

Explore the acquisition, management and development of complex software systems for organisations, from procurement and maintenance to managing resources, change, quality and risk.


Manufacture materials design (T5881)

This course approaches manufacturing processes, selection of materials and design of components as facets of the same task: making something that serves its purpose efficiently.


Multilayer switching - CCNP 3 (T826)

This course will give you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to deploy reliable, scalable and secure multilayer-switched campus LANs using Cisco equipment.


Project management (M865)

This project management course is particularly applicable to technological fields, exploring project initiation, risk, estimating and contracts, planning, human factors, project execution and standard methods.




Project management (M95815)

In this online course you’ll explore the whole life cycle of projects, from initiation, through to planning, scheduling, execution, handover and review.




Relational database systems (M876)

Get to grips with database technology: principles, benefits, techniques and practical applications. Learn about relational concepts and SQL – and produce your own simple relational database.


Software development (M2813) NEW

This course gives you the fundamental knowledge, understanding, analysis and synthesis that you need to develop fit-for-purpose software in an organisational context.


Software requirements for business systems (M883)

Investigate requirements engineering – a disciplined approach to eliciting, analysing, communicating and agreeing requirements as the essential first step in the development of software.


Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811)

Improve your management skills by exploring different approaches to engaging with complex situations and by developing your understanding of how cognitive processing shapes practice.


Web systems integration (UK8417)

Explore technologies vital for the development of internet-based applications in the context of systems integration – a new development paradigm revolutionising software production.


Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

·         Knowledge and understanding

·         Cognitive skills

·         Practical and professional skills

·         Key skills



Credit for previous study elsewhere

If you have already completed some successful study at professional postgraduate level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this UKAP qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible as it may affect your choice of UKAP modules. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer UKAP modules to complete your qualification with us.


On completion

On successful completion of the required modules, you can be awarded a Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Management entitling you to use the letters PPGD (Tech Mgmt) (UKAP) after your name. 





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