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Diploma in Research & Development Management

Program Description

The Diploma in Research and Development (R&D) Management is a post-baccalaureate program primarily directed toward managerial leadership development. It prepares students to be professional managers of organizations/systems engaged in R&D and technology development and utilization. The DR&DM is designed to enhance knowledge and skills in planning R&D programs, developing and promoting technologies for utilization, and managing human and organizational relations in R&D systems.

Program Goals

The program aims to enable students to:

  1. Formulate and implement R&D strategies and programs;
  2. Apply new perspectives on R&D and on technology development, evaluation, promotion, and commercialization;
  3. Conceptualize and implement commercialization and technology utilization schemes; and
  4. Apply newly acquired skills in managing human and organizational relations in R&D systems.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science degree, research experience and/or a supervisory position.

Admission Policies

Applicants can be admitted to the program through any of the following status:

  • Regular admission: This means that the applicant has satisfied all of the requirements of the program.
  • Probationary admission: This applies to an applicant who did not satisfy the academic requirements for admission to the program. The students can be re-classified as a regular student of the program after satisfying the set GWA for the required number of units/courses.
  • Provisional admission: This refers to an applicant who met the minimum requirements but failed to submit all of the documents required for admission to the program.

Mode of Instruction

All subjects are offered online. The content (lessons) will be delivered via print, video, websites, or an online resource. Your teacher, called Faculty-in-Charge (FIC), will not do live lectures in the virtual classroom (called Myportal). You will be required to read modules, articles, and other online references. In some subjects, you will be asked to view some online videos.

One common learning activity is the online discussion forum. Students are also required to submit assignments, which could come in a variety of formats and types. In some subjects, you may also be asked to do some collaborative activities.

At the end of the semester, it is also customary for students to sit for a proctored final examination.


The Diploma in R&D Management consists of 24 units of course work, which may be completed in four semesters.

Course CodeCourse TitleCourse DescriptionNumber of Units
R&DM201 Concepts and Principles of R&D Management Unique characteristics of research and development management; imperatives of success in research; research organization/system, structure and organization of researches and their management implications; behavioral problems encountered in research management. 3 units
R&DM211 Support System for R&D Importance of the research support system; components and functions of research support systems; management system for the research support system. 3 units
R&DM220 Organizational Structures, Relations, and Processes in R&D Systems Human and organizational relations, processes and behavior, including implications and applications of organization theory to the practice of research and development management; organizational designs in appropriate research environments; institution building concepts and principles as they are applied to research organizations [Prerequisite: R&DM 201] 6 units
R&DM221 Problem-Solving and Decision-Making in R&D Management Qualitative and quantitative approaches and tools for systematic problem solving and decision-making [Prerequisite: R&DM 201] 3 units
R&DM231 R&D Project Planning and Control Concepts and principles in program/project planning; application of tools and techniques in program/project planning and control in the research setting [Prerequisite: R&DM 201] 3 units
R&DM251 Technology Evaluation Perspectives and frameworks in technology evaluation ; mechanisms in institutionalizing technology evaluation systems [Prerequisites: R&DM 201 or COI] 3 units
R&DM252 Technology Commercialization and Utilization Interdependence of R&D and technology promotion functions in different R&D organizations; technology promotion and commercialization strategies, mechanisms, and techniques; factors in facilitating technology utilization [Prerequisites: R&DM 251 or COI] 3 units

Program of Study

YearFirst SemesterSecond Semester



2 R&DM231


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