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Fernstudium Technology & Innovation Management - international

Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule, Master of Science (M.Sc.)

As a Master of Science in Technology and Innovation Management, you are qualified to work in a technical position in an international organization and perform complex management and specialist tasks in the context of industry 4.0.

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Hochschule  Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule

Die Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule ist eine staatlich anerkannte Hochschule. 1997 nahm die Hochschule mit dem Diplom-Studiengang Informatik unter ihrem Gründungsnamen „Private FernFachhochschule Darmstadt“ den Betrieb auf. Heute ist die Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule in Deutschland die größte private Hochschule für Technik, spezialisiert auf technische Studiengänge, die Business Management, Führung und Kommunikation integrieren.

Studienort  Pfungstadt, Hessen
Fachrichtung  Technik & Informatik, IT-Management
Abschluss  Master of Science (M.Sc.), postgradual

Quality Management, Lean Six Sigma, Innovation Management, Innovation Strategies, Technology Management, R&D Management- Intercultural Communication & Management, Organizational Development, Collaborative Engineering, Technical Specialization (Energy Engineering, Materials Science, Software Technology)

ECTS  120 ECTS-Punkte werden erworben

ZFUDie staatliche Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht (ZFU) hat den Fernstudiengang Technology & Innovation Management - international unter der Nummer 159014 zugelassen.

Unterrichtssprache  Englisch
Praxissemester  Praxissemester vorgesehen
Dauer  4 Semester
Lernaufwand  20 Stunden wöchentlich
Immatrikulation  jederzeit
Kosten  3234 EUR pro Semester
Mehr Infos  http://www.wb-fernstudium.de


This course is suited to graduates of six-semester bachelor\'s courses (180 ECTS credit points) of economics, industrial engineering, and related subjects with at least one year of professional experience, sound knowledge of English.

If you wish to study at a German university, your highest qualification has to be recognized here in Germany. It is therefore necessary to ascertain whether this qualification is equivalent to a German qualification that entitles you to complete a master’s or other degree course at a German university. For our international master’s degree courses, we would look at your most recent bachelor’s degree. We will examine your documents during the enrollment process. We ask that you submit a résumé and an officially attested copy of your highest qualification alongside your registration form.

MSc in Technology and Innovation Management

With the informatization of traditional industries and the arrival of the Internet of things in factories the fourth industrial revolution starts – Industry 4.0. Smart factories emerge which are characterized by resource efficiency and ergonomics.

Businesses are looking for qualified candidates who have technological competence and knowledge in the area of technology and innovation management. In great demand are those who also have an analytical mind for research-oriented work in particular in an international context. The master’s course in Technology and Innovation Management prepares you for precisely this environment. This course is suited to graduates of economics, industrial engineering, and related subjects with at least one year of professional work experience. As a graduate of this master’s degree course, you will be well prepared for a broad range of positions and careers in the context of industry 4.0.

You will be introduced to the success factors of the technology-based engineering and learn how to apply this knowledge. Building on your fundamental knowledge of business and economic methodologies you will deepen and broaden your specialist knowledge in the areas of technology and innovation management as well as general management in an international and technical context. In addition, you will acquire advanced technical understanding in your chosen technology track. The research focus of the course is demonstrated by your work on a research proposal, the literature review and master’s thesis that build on this. You will develop the problem-solving skills that can be applied in all professional situations.

As a Master of Science in Technology and Innovation Management, you are qualified to work in a technical position in an international organization and perform complex management and specialist tasks in the context of industry 4.0.


Your Syllabus

Core Areas 54 credits

Technology and Innovation Management
Quality Management 6 credits
Lean Six Sigma 6 credits
Innovation Management 6 credits
Innovation Strategies 6 credits
Technology Management 6 credits
R&D Management 6 credits

General Management
International Management and Intercultural Communication 6 credits
Organizational Development 6 credits
Collaboration Engineering 6 credits

Technical Specialization – Engineering Technologies 24 credits

Technology Track 1 – Energy Engineering
Mathematics for Technology Managers 6 credits
Foundation: The Fundamentals of Energy Engineering 6 credits
Engineering 6 credits
Application: Components of Energy Engineering 6 credits
Electives (you select 1 module)

  • Energy Storage 6 credits
  • Renewable Energy Systems 6 credits

Technology Track 2 – Materials Science
Mathematics for Technology Managers 6 credits
Foundation: Introduction to Materials Science 6 credits
Application: Materials in Production 6 credits
Technology 6 credits
Electives (you select 1 module)

  • Non-Destructive Materials 6 credits
  • Lightweight Fibre Reinforced Plastics 6 credits

Technology Track 3 – Software Technology
Mathematics for Technology Managers 6 credits
Foundation: Distributed Information Systems 6 credits
Application: Software Architecture and Concepts 6 credits
Concepts 6 credits
Electives (you select 1 module)

  • E-Business Management 6 credits
  • IT-Security Management 6 credits

Research Focus and Thesis 42 credits

Business Research Methods 6 credits
Research Project Technology and Innovation Management 10 credits
Management 10 credits
Master\'s Thesis and Virtual Oral Examination 26 credits

Total 120 credits


Core Areas:

In the core areas of Technology and Innovation Management and General Management, the focus is on broadening and consolidating knowledge in international, technically oriented innovation management. You will learn to apply your problem-solving skills to new and unfamiliar situations and to make scientifically sound decisions. You will be able to communicate your conclusions, the underlying information, and your reasons to specialists and non-specialists on a scientific level.

Core Area 1
Technology and Innovation Management

Quality Management (6 credits)

Basics of quality management, tasks and organization of quality control, quality policy, product and process quality requirements, QM and integrated management systems, audits as management tools, quality and profitability, quality control, and the basics of modern QM techniques

Innovation Management (6 credits)

Basics of innovation management, strategic innovation management, organization, current approaches, government funding for innovation

Lean Six Sigma (6 credits)

Lean management, Six Sigma, Green Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma and innovation success

Innovation Strategies (6 credits)

Basics and aims of innovation strategies, innovation and corporate strategy, ideal innovation strategies, supporting methods, trend analysis, scenario techniques, innovation strategies and brand development, wording of innovation strategies

Technology Management (6 credits)

Technology and the basics of technology management, technology development in organizations, research institutes, and universities, technology diffusion and methods of technology management, technology strategies and transfer, social acceptance of new technologies

R&D Management(6 credits)

Significance and characteristics of R&D for national economies and businesses, R&D forms, tools and methods for R&D planning, organizational R&D integration, external R&D

Core Area 2
General Management

International Management and Intercultural Communication (6 credits)

Strategies and strategic dimensions, basic terminology and theories of intercultural communication, methods (training, coaching, mediation, etc.), language, meaning, and cultural pragmatics, cultural patterns, globalization: the collapse of culture, negotiating interculturally, the power variable

Organizational Development (6 credits)

Managerial behavior, managing organizations, process management, information management

Collaboration Engineering (6 credits)

Theoretical foundations of collaboration, collaboration technologies, social Web applications, Web 2.0 and social software, moderation and negotiating skills for collaboration, Harvard negotiation concept, developing collaborative work practices, collaboration process design.


Technical Specialization - Engineering Technologies

You select 1 technology track)

The master’s course in Technology and Innovation Management offers you the opportunity to specialize in a technical subject. You select your subject in the middle of the first semester at the latest. Depending on your professional situation, your personal development targets, and your general interests, you choose one of three technology tracks:

  • Energy Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Software Technology

The contents of the first three semesters of your chosen track build on each other. Starting with the mathematical foundations for technology managers, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the foundations and applications of your chosen specialist subject. In the third semester, you will choose between two advanced specialist modules in your technology track.

Your knowledge and understanding of the technological specialization enable you to define and interpret the characteristics, limits, terminologies, and expert opinions of your chosen specialist subject. Consequently, you will be able to acquire new knowledge and skills autonomously and evaluate these as a basis for practice-oriented research.

Technology Track 1: Energy Engineering

Energy engineering provides the know-how to solve important future issues. Rising global energy demands are faced with declining resources. Energy conversion methods, in particular those based on renewable energy, must be technically perfect and economically feasible. We have to use energy resources sustainably, convert, distribute and store energy, and at the same time protect the environment. The energy technology sector (energy conversion, transmission, and use) is of key importance in political and economic terms. The coordinated theoretical and practical content of this technology track provides you with a comprehensive overview of energy technology. It builds up interdisciplinary knowledge and skills for a successful career in technology management.

Mathematics for Technology Managers (6 credits)

Ordinary differential equations, series and integral transformations, partial differential equations, numerical analysis I

Foundation: The Fundamentals of Energy Engineering (6 credits)

Generation, transmission, and distribution of electric energy, definition of energy and efficiency, types of power plants and primary energy sources, operating modes of power plants, fundamentals of electric energy transmission and distribution, electrical and electromechanical machines and electricity generation, components of electrical supply networks, architecture of electrical supply networks

Application: Components of Energy Engineering (6 credits)

Engineering assessment of modes of operation, sizing of central components, and building of systems: thermal power plants, nuclear power plants, gas turbine power plants, cogeneration plants, engines for energy generation, fuel cells, block-type thermal power plants and combined heat and power schemes, hydropower, solar and wind power, bioenergy and geothermal energy, energy distribution and storage

Electives (you select 1 module)

Energy Storage (6 credits)

Air as an energy storage medium, hydrogen as an energy source and its storage, storage of gaseous hydrocarbons, storage of liquid and solid energy sources, thermal energy storage, flywheel energy storage and pumped-storage hydroelectricity, springs and flywheel energy storage, electrochemical energy storage, energy storage in capacitors, superconducting magnetic energy storage

Renewable Energy Systems (6 credits)

Basics of renewable energies, energy balance, solar radiation, concentrating and non-concentrating solar collectors, photovoltaics, wind power, hydropower, geothermal energy, biofuels, hydrogen production, fuel cells and methanation, profitability analysis, power systems of local energy producers

Technology Track 2: Materials Science

Materials science connects natural science with engineering science. This technological specialization will provide you with specialist knowledge in the field. You can select materials appropriate for specific requirements and assess their suitability, machinability, and behavior.

You will develop specialist knowledge in the area of composite materials and understand important analytic methods for materials, especially in the field of mechatronic surface analysis, enabling you to identify the right solutions in practice. In addition, you will acquire detailed knowledge of relevant nondestructive material testing methods and understand the principles of lightweight construction. Lightweight construction is particularly dependent on materials: you will learn about typical classes of fiber-reinforced plastics with regard to functions of matrix and fiber materials. Environmental aspects and profitability analysis also have to be considered when approaching lightweight construction. The coordinated theoretical and practical content of this technology track provides you with a comprehensive overview of materials science. It builds up interdisciplinary knowledge and skills for a successful career in technology management.

Mathematics for Technology Managers (6 credits)

Ordinary differential equations, series and integral transformations, partial differential equations, numerical analysis I

Foundation: Introduction to Materials Science (6 credits)

Definition of construction materials and functional materials, metallic materials, heat treatments, non-metallic materials, polymer materials, composites and special materials, surface engineering techniques, adhesive technology

Application: Materials in Production Technology (6 credits)

Significance, characteristics, and production methods of important materials in the area of mechatronics, composite materials (glass and carbon fiber composites) including specific uses as mechanical or electronic build or construction elements, component design with bonding, physical and materials design of joins in mechatronics, specialist analysis in materials science

Electives (you select 1 module)

Non-Destructive Materials Testing (6 credits)

Introduction to destructive and nondestructive materials testing processes, for example hardness testing, ultrasonic testing, eddy current testing, and magnetic particle inspection

Lightweight Fibre Reinforced Plastics (6 credits)

Lightweight construction concepts, fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP): classification, production, design considerations in the use of FRP, strength/operational stability, chemical and fire resistance, profitability analysis

Technology Track 3: Software Technology

Today, software-intensive and highly linked software systems penetrate almost all parts of our everyday lives, for example in the auto industry and medical technology. The social importance of software technology is increasing all the time. This technological specialization will provide you with an understanding of the functionality of network operating systems and the architecture of the Internet, so that you can manage the planning, development, and application of distributed information systems. You will understand typical e-business architectures and the approach required to develop an e-business strategy. You will have the skills required for planning and designing systems for e-business infrastructures. IT security is a topic of great importance and goes beyond the provision of software and hardware for virus protection. You will be able to manage current IT risks, define necessary organizational measures, and support their implementation in an advisory capacity. You will be able to devise an emergency plan and anchor a security policy in the organization. The coordinated theoretical and practical content of this technology track provides you with a comprehensive overview of software technology. It builds up interdisciplinary knowledge and skills for a successful career in technology management.

Mathematics for Technology Managers ( 6 credits)

Ordinary differential equations, series and integral transformations, partial differential equations, numerical analysis I

Foundation: Distributed Information Systems (6 credits)

Information and computer structure, representation of numbers, codes, and data types, operating systems, software development, introduction to programming languages and algorithms, architecture of distributed systems, processes and threads, inter-process communication and synchronization, basics of protocols (ISO/OSI), device addressing, addressing and routing in IP networks, application-to-application messages, reliable transmission, high availability, encryption and digital signatures, protocol layers: SSH and VPN, authentication/authorization (using Kerberos), networks with firewalls and proxies, attacks and how to avoid them.

Application: Software Architecture and Concepts (6 credits)

Theoretical introduction to software architecture, basics, definitions and terminology, framework, components, Web services, cloud computing, grid computing

Electives (you select 1 module)

E-Business Management (6 credits)

Basics of information technology, information exchange, Internet value chain, models and platforms, online marketing, e-shops, e-payment, mobile commerce, e-procurement, e-contracting, e-distribution, e-CRM, e-community

IT-Security Management (6 credits)

Significance of information security, risks and security, security organizations, methodical basics of management, defining security and recognizing and assessing risks, reporting, business continuity management, incident handling, computer forensics.


Research Focus and Thesis

The research focus of this course is designed in multiple stages over several semesters. Building on the methodical foundations that are laid by the Business Research Methods module in the second semester, you will carry out the Technology and Innovation Management research project in the third semester. With the support of a personal mentor, you will write a research proposal and carry out a literature review that will form the basis for the master’s thesis in the fourth semester. You will write your master’s thesis with the support of a technical expert (supervisor) and defend your thesis in a virtual oral examination.

After completing this research module, you will be able to acquire new knowledge and skills autonomously, and apply and discuss these competences in new and unfamiliar situations in a scientific manner. You will be able to carry out independent research-oriented projects in a largely autonomous manner.

Business Research Methods (6 credits)

This module supports students in understanding the research process. It provides a basic understanding of what research is and how it is carried out. It is particularly useful if students have not undertaken any postgraduate research before. Furthermore, it considers research methodology and literature review. It explains how to carry out a business-related literature review and then use it to develop a hypothesis or theory about a business issue. Additionally, the module concentrates on statistical techniques for data collection, analysis, and drawing conclusions.

Research Project Technology and Innovation Management (10 credits)

On completion of the module on Business Research Methods, students will discuss their research interests with a senior mentor, who will work with them in the preparation of a research proposal (4 cp). The mentor will be a senior academic with experience in mentoring MSc students. Once the research proposal has been approved by the mentor, students work under the direction of their mentor to conduct a literature review (6 cp) that supports their chosen area of research and underpinning methodology.

Master’s Thesis and Virtual Oral Examination (26 credits)

Upon completion of the literature review, students are assigned a supervisor whose expertise lies within their proposed area of research. This supervisor will help them carry out research and assist them in writing their thesis. The amount of contact time with the supervisor will vary depending on the stage of the course. Students are supported by our virtual campus Study Online, which makes it possible to communicate with the supervisor by exchanging messages and documents. A variety of other means of communication are encouraged and wide use is made of Web conferencing software for face-to-face conversations. The completed thesis is submitted formally to Wilhelm Büchner University and assessment takes the form of a review followed by an oral defense of the thesis. The examination will be conducted in person or by live video link.


Studying with Maximum Flexibility

Wilhelm Büchner University leads the way in terms of distance/online learning technology and organization. With us, you can complete an MSc in Technology and Innovation Management alongside work – and study in the comfort of your own home. You learn whenever and wherever you want, and you can start studying at any time. All over the world. We are dedicated to giving you the support you need. So you can reach your goals.

Distance and Online Learning

We offer you an innovative mix of distance learning methods that combines study booklets with online study aids such as downloads, videos, webinars, and group forums. As these are accessible from PCs, tablets, and smartphones, you benefit from maximum flexibility. Furthermore, tutors and student advisors are always on hand to provide you with reliable, personalized online support. At Wilhelm Büchner University, you determine your own study rhythm to fit your personal circumstances. We offer you reliable and personalized support throughout your studies and are easily reached whenever you need us.

Duration of Study

Four-semester course (two years)

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