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:

  • Demonstrate enhanced managerial leadership with an R&D-oriented perspective; and
  • Influence and transform R&D organizations to be productive, dynamic, cost-effective, environmentally adaptive, socially relevant, and development-oriented.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized higher education institution.

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 Code Course Title Course Description Number 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, Processes, and Relations in R&D System 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] 3 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
Course Code Course Title Number of Units
DEVC 208* Communication, Social Marketing and Social Mobilization 3 units
ENRM 211* Environmental Planning and Management 3 units
PM 227* Human Resources Development 3 units
PM 230* Financial Management in Government 3 units
PM 241* Public Policy and Program Administration 3 units
ASEAN 281* ASEAN Science and Technology 3 units

*These courses are for inclusion (cross listing) in the list of electives for DR&DM students.

Program of Study

Students are expected to take the courses in the following sequence:

Year Semester 1 Number of Units Semester 2 Number of Units
1 R&DM201 3 units R&DM220 3 units
R&DM211 3 units R&DM221 3 units
2 R&DM231 3 units R&DM252 3 units
R&DM251 3 units Elective 3 units

* Revised as part of the DR&DM Program Revision approved by the UPOU University Council on 5 February 2020 and by the UP President on 1 February 2021

**Students admitted prior to AY 2020-2021 should follow the old DR&DM curriculum.

Old DRDM Curriculum

For students admitted prior to AY 2020-2021, they are expected to take the courses in the following sequence:

Year Semester 1 Number of Units Semester 2 Number of Units
1 R&DM201 3 units R&DM220 6 units
R&DM211 3 units
2 R&DM231 3 units R&DM252 3 units
R&DM251 3 units RDM 221 3 units

*Request for taking the 3-unit R&DM 220 and an elective to replace the 6 unit R&DM 220 has to be submitted through channels to the Dean’s office.

For admission related details, please visit UPOU website.

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