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Technology and Operations Management

Study technology and operations management in Groningen and use big data to make the right decisions.

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. Data analytics is the foundation for making those decisions in the programme, and you will develop competencies highly valued by today's and tomorrow's employers like data analysis, visualization, diagnostics, interpretation, and data-driven decision-making, using programming languages such as Python.

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. You will 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 impact of technology 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's 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
AACSB AccreditedEQUIS logo
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • This Master's programme is unique in the Netherlands and in Europe. There is a strong emphasis on programming in Python, 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, Business Administration (particularly the profiles Health, Change Management and Strategic Innovation Management), Economic Development and Globalization, and focus areas like Energy and Digital Business.
  • The programme has been internationally accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS, ensuring a high-quality education, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide.
Programme

The compulsory courses within the programme are data analysis and programming for operations management, operations management and control, operations modelling and simulation, and asset management. You also need to choose at least one of the courses: technology-enabled innovation, facility design and planning, sustainable energy supply, smart industry operations and inventory management.

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 design science and analytical quantitative research. Next to these courses, you can create your own profile with elective courses. All courses in the master's 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, you will write an academic piece of work and explore the field of technology and operations management in depth.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Asset Management (5 EC)
Data Analysis and Programming for Operations Management (5 EC)
Elective(s) group A (5 EC)

Facility Design and Planning, Smart Industry Operations, Sustainable Energy Supply, Technology-enabled Innovation, Inventory Management. Selection of one of these courses is compulsory, the remaining courses can be selected as an elective.‚Äč

Elective(s) MSc TOM (10 EC)

Please see the Ocasys course catalogue.

Master's thesis (20 EC)
Operations Management and Control (5 EC)
Operations Modelling and Simulation (5 EC)
Research Methods (5 EC)
Programme options
Double Degree Master Operations Management (Newcastle) (specialization)

How should organisations design and manage their operations in the context of globalisation? How to meet customer needs during the entire life cycle of products and services?

How do you use programming and data analytics to support managerial decision-making in technology management, operations management and supply chain management?The 90 EC programme (in Groningen and at Newcastle University Business School, UK) enables you to gain advanced knowledge and understanding of how to improve business performance and organise competitive advantages in technology-intensive industries. You study operations management in different business environments and cultural contexts.Students get the opportunity to study at two highly respected universities while experiencing two well-renowned European cities. You learn how to analyse operations functions in a network economy, understand various institutional environments and develop a sharp eye for operations management within multinational enterprises.You take the 1st semester in Newcastle, the 2nd semester in Groningen and write your thesis in the 3rd semester. You will graduate with two degrees: an MSc in Technology and Operations Management from Groningen and an MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management from Newcastle.

More information about this option

Master Internship (specialization)

Opportunity to gain work experience by doing an internship in the second semester of your study.

You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the third semester.

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

Transfer options

Transferring from...

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Universities of applied sciences

Via a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

You can follow the standard Pre-Master's programme. Read more: https://www.rug.nl/feb/premaster

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Econometrics and Operations ResearchUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Economics and Business EconomicsUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
International BusinessUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Business AdministrationUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Industrial Engineering & ManagementUniversity of GroningenNo additional 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.

Registration procedure

Students with a Dutch diploma can apply directly to Studielink. More information on the steps to apply .

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
EU/EEA students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

A GMAT/GRE test is required from all candidates who obtained their bachelor's degree from a university in a non-EU/EEA country. For specific scores and exemptions, please see https://www.rug.nl/feb/gmat-gre.

  • Both GMAT and GRE are now being offered by mba.com and ETS as an online option to take from home worldwide. Please check their websites for more information.
language test

IELTS Academic overall score 6.5 (Speaking 6, Writing 6.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 24); Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (overall score 176, Speaking 169, Writing 176).

  • ETS is offering the TOEFL tests as an online option to take from home worldwide. Please check their website for more 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 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.

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 students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
EU/EEA students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
non-EU/EEA students15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2022-2023€ 2209full-time
non-EU/EEA2022-2023€ 16201full-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.

Our graduates work in the industry, the public sector, or 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). As a graduate, your degree will be highly valued in the labour market. The Faculty of Economics and Business is internationally accredited and belongs to the 1% of business schools around the world accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB.

FEB Career Services
When you become a student at the faculty, we want to support you in developing your career and strengthening your employability skills. You can count on a dedicated on-campus Career Services team offering you a wide range of courses, workshops, events and career-related support during your studies. Everything you need to enter the labour market.

Job examples

  • Supply chain analyst
  • Logistics engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Project manager for product/process innovations
  • Maintenance manager
  • Quality engineer
  • Production planner
  • Technology manager
  • Data analyst
  • 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 to 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, for instance, smart industries, port-related operations, maintenance, planning/scheduling/simulation, inventory and e-logistics and lean operations, in a variety of sectors (manufacturing, energy, healthcare, logistics, service industries, among others).

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

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I have courses where you actually work on designing and programming

I visited the Master’s Day of the faculty and after the presentations, I was certain that I wanted to do this programme. I find the MSc TOM study very practical and mathematical.

For the majority of the courses, I actually work on designing and programming, which I really enjoy. The Master is challenging as it requires a lot of self-responsibility to keep up with all the courses. I have never had experience with programming before but I tried to keep up with the work every week, have a lot of contact with my fellow students and ask for help from the lecturers. Like this, I managed to pass the course without any problems in the end. Overall the programme has shown me that I am particularly interested in working in the operational and technological area in the future.

Groningen is a cosy student city, I have been studying for 6 years now and I still do not want to leave.I like that it’s very easy to make friends in Groningen. (Luuk Platvoet, Dutch | MSc Technology and Operations Management)


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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

TeMa is the study association specialised in the masters Supply Chain Management and Technology and Operations Management. TeMa organizes social, study and career activities, like monthly socials, the TeMa Conference and the Inhousetour.
https://www.temagroningen.nl/home
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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.