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Technology and Operations Management

How to make the right operations decisions, having access to big data, enabled by the latest technology?

Current challenges of operations management relate to people striving to make the right decisions in complex environments while having easy access to large data repositories and being supported by the latest technologies. This programme will provide knowledge on how to master these decisions from a managerial perspective, having at the same time an understanding of the technology-related implications, opportunities, and limitations. Graduates will be introduced to data science, developing competences highly valued by today's and tomorrow's employers like data analysis, visualization, diagnostics, interpretation, and data-driven decision making.

Operations are a core aspect of any business. This programme offers insights from real operational processes and socio-technical systems in areas like logistics, manufacturing, services, energy, healthcare, and governance. Graduates learn to identify opportunities, analyse, and diagnose operations-related problems, but also to design, develop, and evaluate solutions.

Through the selection of elective courses, you can focus on the technology impact on operations in specific contexts, for example in energy, healthcare, or digitization and big data use. The programme further offers the opportunity to focus on either the Energy Focus area or the Digital Business Focus area.

You can also take the programme as a double degree master with Newcastle University (17 months).

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Technology and Operations Management
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
66277
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Economics and Business
EQUIS logoAACSB Accredited
Why study this programme in Groningen?

This Master's programme is unique in the Netherlands and in Europe. There is a strong emphasis on data analysis techniques and how to use data to inform managerial decision making and improvement. Students have the opportunity to choose from various core courses from related master programmes such as Supply Chain Management, Change Management, Business administration - Health, Economic Development and Globalization, and focus areas like Energy and Digital Business.

Programme

The compulsory courses within the programme are data analysis and programming, operations management and control, operations modelling and simulation, and asset management. Students need also to choose one from a group of three courses: behavioural operations management, technology-enabled innovation, or facility design and planning. The other two courses can also be selected as elective courses.

Besides, the mandatory course on research methods provides knowledge and skills in specific research methods used in the field of technology and operations management, such as the design science method and analytical quantitative methods. Next to these courses, students create their own profile with two elective courses. All courses in the master programme reflect a mix of lectures, practical cases, computer practicals, tutorials, guest lectures, company visits, and experiments with real-life data. In the master's thesis project, students produce an academic piece of work and explore the field of technology and operations management in depth.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Asset Management (5 EC)
Behavioural Operations Management (5 EC)

elective from a group of three

Data Analysis and Programming for Operations Management (5 EC)
Elective(s) MSc TOM (10 EC)
Facility Design and Planning (5 EC)

elective from a group of three

Master's thesis TOM (20 EC)
Operations Management and Control (5 EC)
Operations Modelling and Simulation (5 EC)
Research Methods for TOM (5 EC)
Technology Enabled Innovation (5 EC)

elective from a group of three

Programme options
DDM - Operations Management (Newcastle) (specialization)
Master Internship (specialization)

Opportunity for an internship between February and June. You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the first semester of your next study year.

More information about this option

Energy Focus Area (specialization)

Focus your MSc on Energy and open up extra career opportunities. There are two steps to the Energy Focus Area-

1) complete two of four chosen electives 2) write and round off an MSc thesis on an energy topic

More information about this option

Digital Business Focus Area (specialization)

Focus your MSc on Digital Business and gain specialised knowledge in the field. There are two steps to the Digital Business Focus Area:

1) complete two of eight chosen electives 2) write and round off an MSc thesis on a digital business topic

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Study abroad is compulsory when you choose the Double Degree Master.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Industrial Engineering.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies. For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc.

other admission requirements

Not meeting the pre-education requirements for direct entry? Please read more about our pre-Master programmes: https://www.rug.nl/feb/premaster.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Business EconomicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Econometrics and Operations ResearchAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Economics and Business EconomicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
International BusinessAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Industrial Engineering & ManagementAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Technologie ManagementAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Business AdministrationAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

GMAT/GRE; for specific scores and exemptions, please see https://www.rug.nl/feb/gmat-gre.

language test

IELTS Academic overall score 6.5 (Speaking 6, Writing 6.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 24); C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency (with minimum score 180); University of Groningen Language Centre Test (Speaking B2, Writing C1).

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Economics, Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Industrial Engineering, Technology Management.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies. For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc. If you have any questions concerning admission to this programme, please contact our Admissions Office: https://www.rug.nl/admissions.

other admission requirements

Not meeting the pre-education requirements for direct entry? Please read more about our pre-Master programmes: https://www.rug.nl/feb/premaster.

Registration procedure

Students have to apply via Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. After you apply for the programme of your choice, the Admissions Office will evaluate your educational background and assess your eligibility. Your application will be assessed on an individual basis. More information on how to apply.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 15000full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

You will be prepared for a career as an operations manager or data analyst in a production, distribution or service environment. You may also pursue a career as a consultant or project manager in the field of process improvement, innovation and technology of products and processes.

It is possible to work in the industry, the public sector, or in the health sector. Alternatively, you may opt for an academic career and start a career in research at a university (see also the Research Master programme). Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only 1 % of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

FEB Career Services
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, the programme together with the FEB Career Services empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career activities during your studies. For more information about your job prospects as a graduate, please check FEB Career Services.

Job examples

  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Logistics Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Project manager
  • Maintenance manager
  • Quality Engineer
  • Production Planner
  • Technology manager
  • Consultant in the field of innovation or technology
  • Research-oriented positions
Research

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and pre-professional development. This dual approach - research orientation and professional skills - is not contradictory; any career that a student may aspire requires an analytical mind and a scientifically critical attitude, along with the problem-solving capabilities necessary in business.

In collaboration with external partners, we conduct research projects on e.g smart industries, modelling port-related operations, maintenance, planning/scheduling/simulation, inventory and e-logistics and lean operations.

Research Institute related to the MSc programme: Operations Management & Operations Research

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Contact

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Study associations

EBF

The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/

TeMa

The Study Association for Technology Management, better known as TeMa, organizes activities especially for students of management studies with a technical approach.
Besides social activities, TeMa also organizes Inhousedays, an Inhousetour and an International Study Project.
https://www.temagroningen.nl
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Study support

Studying means working independently and planning your studies yourself. But successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert to discuss your study progress and personal circumstances that influence your studies. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.