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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 (available from September 2019).

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 programme is unique in the Netherlands and in Europe. In the USA a few programmes teach operations management in direct relation to technology. 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 Globali

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)

as of September 2019

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, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/nl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

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), see http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

grade list

A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation.

language test

TOEFL internet based (IBT): 90, IELTS Academic: 6.5; for specific scores, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

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, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing6.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 June 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 June 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-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.

Employability
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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  • 
						Testimonial of Ewout Verweij

    Understand the language of the work floor

    – Ewout Verweij
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    Graduates of the programme understand the language of the work floor and during your studies you learn how to make the theoretical issues concrete. You're trained to search for solutions to problems and to improve processes.

    During the Master's phase you're thrown into the deep end almost immediately, and you're expected to try to resolve business issues together with your fellow students. After I graduate I'd really like to work in the business world. Graduates understand the language of the work floor and during your studies you learn how to make the theoretical issues concrete. You're trained to search for solutions to problems and to improve processes. I'd really like to use this knowledge within a production company or in consultancy. During my degree I did miss attention to the social side of business life. I gained that experience by being a member of the EBF committees for the Bèta Business Days, for European Study Research and for the day organisation of the Business Congress. I've also travelled a lot and I'm a member of a student society. I think that it's very important for students to develop themselves as individuals alongside their studies.

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						Testimonial of Martin Rouby

    I particularly liked the international orientation and the support provided by the University.

    – Martin Rouby
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    "After two years of work experience, I decided to continue my studies at the University of Groningen by doing the MSc in TOM, following the advice of a friend who had graduated from the programme. I have always been interested in overseeing, designing and controlling the production process and redesigning business operations. This Master's was therefore an opportunity for me to enhance my knowledge in this area of management and to achieve my career goals. I particularly liked the international orientation and the support provided by the University. Indeed, despite the difficulties of restarting my studies, I found the lecturers and other staff very attentive to the needs of students and always available to give their support. I would advise prospective Master's students to stick with it, not be discouraged by the workload and never forget they are not alone. They can always find helpful support from other students or the lecturer."

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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.