SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

Overview of Masters Courses

With students from all over the world, our postgraduate courses provide aspiring professionals with the knowledge and skills to analyse and guide policy, as well as to manage scientific change and technological innovation within public-sector organisations, non-governmental organisations and companies.

energy2Energy Policy

This course provides broad-based, interdisciplinary social science training for future energy policy professionals working in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. The MSc focuses on the role of technological innovation and explores the opportunities, challenges and constraints in creating sustainable and low-carbon energy systems throughout the worldOur approach is interdisciplinary, practical and applied. The course is unique in combining ideas from economics, innovation studies and policy studies, providing you with the skills to analyse policy problems and to propose and evaluate viable policy solutions.

The course is led by the Sussex Energy Group (SEG), one of the largest independent social science energy policy research groups in the world. You will be taught by experts on climate change mitigation and the adaption of energy policy including:

Professor Steven SorrellRebound 

Dr Rob ByrnePolicy approaches to facilitate Low-carbon technology transfer

Dr Florian KernSustainability transitions 

eoiSustainable Development

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills to translate theories of innovation into effective development policies and practices to achieve inclusive growth in the Global South. 

The United Nations' post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals propose to end poverty and hunger while achieving sustainable production and consumption. The World Bank and other influential international agencies increasingly talk about sustainable development in terms of ‘Inclusive Green Growth’. Yet the different aspects of economic growth, greening and inclusiveness, may be at odds with each other. Therefore, strategies to address these challenges are fast becoming a 21st century imperative.

The course, convened by Professor Maria Savona, will help students to translate theories of social and technological innovation into effective development policies and practices to achieve genuinely sustainable development. The QS University World Rankings have ranked the University of Sussex number one in the top 100 universities in the world for development studies.

STPScience and Technology Policy

This course provides a solid foundation in the language, logic and tools of policy analysis, enabling you to investigate specific science and technology policy challenges across public policy, industrial innovation and strategy and to evaluate and recommend policy solutions. The course will equip you to tackle tomorrow’s most important social and environmental challenges.

Our Science and Technology Policy MSc is the world’s oldest and most comprehensive introduction to this important field. You will be taught by key figures in the field including;

Dr Rob ByrnePolicy approaches to facilitate Low-carbon technology transfer

Professor Erik Millstone - author of The Atlas of Food, which won Memorial Fund’s Best Food Book Award in 2004.

Watch a short video from course convenor Professor Joanna Chataway to find out more:

TIM2Strategic Innovation Management

Successful innovation management can create significant value, both economic and social, but is neither easy nor automatic. This course equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to lead and manage innovation at both operational and strategic levels. You develop an integrative approach that combines the management of the market, technological and organisational changes – and learn how to create value from innovation.

The course is convened and taught by Professor Joe Tidd. He has written eight books and more than sixty papers on the management of technology and innovation, including the award winning Managing Innovation the best–selling text for MBA, MSc and advanced undergraduate courses on management of technology, innovation management and entrepreneurship. Globally recognised, this book has been translated into several languages.

Watch a short video from course convenor Professor Joe Tidd to find out more:

For a more detailed introduction to the course, please view Joe Tidd's videos.

 TIMProject Management

As a student on this course you will develop a compelling set of critical skills to help you manage projects in today’s dynamic business and economic environment. The course provides you with a comprehensive understanding of core competencies including how to manage complex projects, risk and innovation. In addition, we have introduced exciting new modules in advanced project management good practices and leadership. Skills in these areas are highly valued by employers and many of our graduates have found immediate employment in large international corporations, not-for-profit organisations and management consultancies. You will graduate with solid analytical skills and the critical thinking essential for leadership roles. 

Students will be taught by leading academics and experienced senior project managers from the private sector, who bring cutting-edge research and practice into their lectures, including Dr. Carlos Sato (expert on Project Management) and Dr. Allam Ahmed (expert on Management, Marketing and Leadership). This course is ideal for lucrative careers in consultancy and project management.

Watch a short video from key tutor of the course David Pontin to find out more: