Unique among our peers, SPRU attracts students from all over the world. We offer an array of exciting taught and research degrees. Each has a distinct specialised focus, but all are linked by a common interdisciplinary perspective on science, technology and innovation, related to the concerns of public and private institutions.
SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research is ranked 1st science and policy think tank in the UK and 6th in the world (University of Pennsylvania: Global Go To Think Tanks Report 2011). Our research is disseminated to a broad audience concerned with science, technology and innovation issues. Our graduates work in numerous public, private, multi-sector and non-profit agencies and organisations worldwide.
The interdisciplinary perspective of our teaching arises from the varying professional backgrounds and research interests which students and faculty bring to the institution. These include:
- theoretical and policy issues in the fields of science, technology and innovation
- the economics of technical change
- science and technology studies
- technology transfer and development
- organisation studies
- environmental and energy policy.
In addition to integrating diverse practical and academic interests, the SPRU environment benefits from the many different cultural backgrounds and varieties of professional experience present among our postgraduate students and our faculty. These characteristics stimulate challenging investigations of topical issues and robust scholarship.
It's not all about work, however: the inviting atmosphere in SPRU ensures that academic rigour is balanced by ample doses of conviviality, with the city of Brighton & Hove providing the ideal backdrop for recreation with colleagues.