SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

MSc and PhD study

MSc courses

Our students come from a range of backgrounds. SPRU MScs assume no previous experience in the social sciences and our first term modules are specifically focused on introducing students to the concepts and tools required to deal with the big questions.

They also provide a strong background for students pursuing PhDs at SPRU and elsewhere.

See our MSc courses on the postgraduate prospectus

PhD study

SPRU’s unique perspective on complex issues is exemplified by its doctoral graduates. With over 80 students from all over the world, doctoral students are at the heart of our activities and are integral to contributing to SPRU’s ever expanding areas of research.

At SPRU they find an inclusive and active academic community that embraces a broad range of research topics and methodological approaches. The multidisciplinary nature of SPRU’s research means that doctoral students have access to a tremendous range of expertise as well as contribute to it. They also form an active social community, organising social events and weekly drinks at the University’s bars. 

SPRU’s doctoral students come from a variety of disciplinary and professional backgrounds. Doctoral students who are already employed come to SPRU to further their training. 

See our PhD research subject areas on the postgraduate prospectus

Work experience opportunities for MSc students

There are potential opportunities for students to be placed in science, technology and innovation policy institutions, firms, governmental departments, not-for-profit and non-governmental organisations to conduct their research for their dissertation.

Contact us

For more information, please contact our Course Co-ordinators:

T +44 (0)1273 872717
E pgbmec@sussex.ac.uk

Open days and visiting

Career opportunities

SPRU graduates are valued for their analytical abilities and have been recruited by organisations all over the world, including:

Airbus • Amgen • The Asian Development Bank • Bocconi • The British Civil Service • The British Council • Environment Canada • ETH Zurich • European Commission • Harvard • Imperial • Industry Canada • The Interamerican Development Bank • The International Development Research Centre • KPMG • OECD • Ofcom • Pfizer • The RAND Group • The Rogosin Institute • The Royal Society • The United Nations • US Congress • US Foreign Service • and more

SPRU graduates have also become successful entrepreneurs and owners of companies, for example, Science-Metrix.