1 year full time, 2 years part time
Starts September 2017

Science and Technology Policy

Gain a solid foundation in the language, logic and tools of policy formulation and analysis.

You'll investigate specific science and technology issues arising across public policy, industrial innovation and strategy, and learn to recommend policy solutions. The relationship between evidence and policy is multifaceted. This MSc offers frameworks to understand its complex dynamics and to contribute effectively to policy development.

These skills, together with the high-level connections and global networks enjoyed by SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, will equip you for careers in a range of public-, private- and charitable-sector organisations working to tackle society’s most important economic, social and environmental challenges.

This Masters is recognised by the ESRC-funded South East Network for Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership as a pathway to doctoral study.

My Masters at SPRU gave me the ABC of science policy – the edge to stand out in an increasingly competitive job market.”Rapela Zaman
Director of International Affairs
The Royal Society, UK

Key facts

  • SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit is placed 1st in the UK and 7th in the world among science and technology think tanks (Global Go To Think Tank Index Report 2016).
  • Benefit from our extensive links with business and policy organisations and prepare to tackle the challenges of tomorrow and set the agenda in science and technology policy.
  • Join generations of graduates who are now policy-makers occupying senior roles in governments, businesses and NGOs worldwide.

How will I study?

You’ll study through a combination of core modules and options.

Modules are assessed in a variety of ways such as analysis assignments, project presentations and extended essays. You also work on a supervised 20,000-word dissertation.

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to study this course full time or part time. Find the modules for the full-time course below. 

For details about the part-time course structure, contact us at

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Making Science and Technology

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

    • Policy Making and Policy Analysis

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      In this module, you are introduced to the nature and operation of the policy process in contemporary economies. And you develop a systematic approach to policy analysis.

      As part of the module, you are introduced to the major concepts and theories relevant to understanding the policy process, together with a systematic method of thinking about the formulation, adoption, implementation, and evaluation of public policies.

      You develop the skills required to define and critically analyse policy issues and problems, articulate decision-making criteria and propose and evaluate alternative policy solutions.

      You apply these ideas to specific topics in:

      • science
      • innovation
      • energy
      • development
      • security policy.
    • Science, Technology and Innovations: Markets, Firms and Policies

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of this module is to introduce you to an ongoing tradition of research on innovation and the various analytical concepts and theories that are used in current academic, management and policy debates. It will explore the processes underlying knowledge accumulation and innovative activity within the global economy and review the historical and contemporary emergence of current innovation systems in both developed and developing country contexts. This includes analysis of the science system, technology, the management of innovation, the theory of the firm, the basis for public policy, environmental analysis, and innovation systems approaches.

      The module has a key focus on developing understanding that contributes towards practical analysis of innovation policy and management problems, and therefore provides a range of analytical frameworks for understanding and exploring the nature of public policy and its influence on the operations of business firms and other organisations. These frameworks include orthodox economics, evolutionary economics, science and technology studies and history.

      The module aims to develop you understanding of the economic perspective on issues of science and technology management and policy and helps you develop skills in using economic measures and indicators that inform business and public policy. 

      By the end of this module you will be able to:

      • distinguish several different schools of thought in economics by identifying their underlying assumptions and methods of reasoning 
      • explain the role of innovation from the perspectives of firm and individual choice and relate innovation to productivity, long-term economic growth, and competitiveness. 
      • identify sources of market dysfunction or failure including monopoly power, co-ordination failure, and principal-agent problems and understand the interventions or rule-setting that may prove useful in remedying these problems 
      • explain the consequences of globalisation for the international division of labour and the possible effects that this might have on localisation of economic activities 
      • demonstrate knowledge of technology and innovation system concepts and an understanding of their application in different technological, spatial, national and international contexts. 
      • demonstrate the analytical skills required to identify the interactions among key actors in technology and innovation systems, and to identify the main interactions running through these systems to link public policy and the innovative activities of business firms and other organisations. 
      • demonstrate the practical skills to clearly and concisely write an account of selected aspects of the innovation systems described above. 
    • Dissertation (Science and Technology Policy)

      60 credits
      Summer Teaching, Year 1

      You will research and to write up a specific topic from the field of Science and Technology Policy. The aim is to enable you to critically survey and identify relevant theories and evidence and then to employ them to assess some aspect of science and technology policy and to explore the relevant implications.


    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

    • Sustainable Development: Perspectives, Policies and Practices

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      1. To provide an understanding of different social scientific perspectives on sustainable development (SD), including those forwarded by orthodox economists and large development agencies following the publication of 'Limits to Growth' and the Brundtland Report. Competing conceptualizations of SD proposed by non-economists, grassroots organizations and environmental movements will also be introduced. And the extent to which these different conceptualizations encompass environmental and socio-economic dimensions of SD will be discussed.

      2. To introduce students to policies and strategies of sustainable development, promoted by development agencies in different regions of the global south. Students will develop insights into the historical emergence of policy instruments and strategies such as the clean development mechanism, international biodiversity conservation agreements, decentralization (eg participatory and community management of natural resources), and other local/regional SD initiatives. Students will be able to appreciate the links of these policies and strategies to orthodox economic and other perspectives on SD, providing them with a foundation on which to build comprehensive analyses of international sustainable development policies and strategies.

      3. To provide an understanding, through theoretical concepts and case studies, of the practice of SD in international development projects and programs. Viewing SD projects as encounters between diverse actors and knowledges, students will learn how alliances may be forged and/or conflicts may arise between different actors as sustainable development policy instruments and strategies are put into actual practice. Insights will be provided into ways in which the practices in SD projects may end up deviating from policies and plans. Students will learn about specificities of SD practices in different economic sectors such as food, energy and (radioactive and electronic) waste management. This will lead to an identification of some of the major local and global challenges faced in achieving sustainable development, with an emphasis on developing economies.

      This module:

      • provides an understanding of the science-technology-governance systems perspective on sustainable development in a way that complements what is learnt from other modules during the Autumn term. Competing conceptions of sustainable development, and means of achieving measures of the relative sustainability of policy options, are introduced. This is followed by a series of contemporary case studies to examine the systems that contribute towards addressing major challenges in sustainable development and the interactions between them
      • introduces students to the major orthodox economic perspectives on sustainability, with a particular emphasis on the economic analysis of environmental issues. It gives students a grounding in these perspectives, gives them the rudiments of critiques of them from within the economics tradition and enables them to situate economic perspectives within the range of other disciplinary approaches to the subject.
    • Energy and Development

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module will examine the substantive energy policy challenges faced by developing countries, including increasing energy access, reducing energy poverty and improving energy security. Integrating orthodox perspectives on energy policy with insights from innovation studies and socio-technical approaches, the course will explore the implications for development of notions such as lock-in, path dependency and leapfrogging. Building on this conceptual framework, the course will critically engage with academic and policy debates on topics such as low carbon development, technology transfer and carbon markets; all of which are intended to play roles in helping developing countries achieve development objectives while establishing sustainable energy systems. 

      This module will enable you to:

      • critically engage with contemporary academic and policy debates on energy policy and development 
      • demonstrate a systematic understanding of the tensions and complementarities between energy policy and sustainable development in a developing-country context 
      • analyse the roles of technology and innovation in energy for development 
      • demonstrate a critical awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of orthodox and alternative approaches to energy policy in developing countries. 
    • Governing and Using Technology for Development

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In this module you gain critical theoretical tools and empirical insights into the processes of governance and use of controversial technologies in the global south.

      Many technologies are controversial – they mean different things to different people, and can distribute their benefits and costs unevenly. An automobile may be a reliable mean of transport for some, but a polluting and dangerous device for others. Expensive, genetically modified seeds may increase yields and profits for some farmers but produce indebtedness for many others and considered as agri-biodiversity and health hazards by activists. Biofuels may be viewed as an effective way to reduce emissions by some – but as a serious threat to food security by others.

      This module considers the questions raised by these disagreements and disputes. You cover significant questions about two central aims of much contemporary international development – environmental sustainability and poverty reduction. We ask can the (re)development and use of controversial technologies be governed by state/non-state actors towards greater environmental sustainability and inclusiveness? And if yes, how?

    • Governing Energy Transitions

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This modul will introduce you to a systems perspective on long-term, socio-technical change in the field of energy in order to explore the co-evolution of technologies with political, institutional, economic and social factors. The module will illustrate this conceptual perspective with historical case studies from the energy sector and explore the implications for governing transitions to a low carbon energy system in the developed world. You will analyse and reflect on current policy approaches to governing low carbon transitions. Substantive issues to be covered include: the historic transition from horse-drawn carriages to auto-mobility, low carbon innovation policy in the UK, the Energy Transition approach in the Netherlands, the politics of governing transitions and the role interests play, bottom-up approaches to changing energy systems such as the Transition Towns movement, the role of household practices as well as strategies of incumbent energy companies to respond to pressures for change towards a low carbon energy system. 

      This module will enable you to:

      • demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the definition and applicability of key innovation studies concepts to studying socio-technical change in energy systems, such as carbon lock-in, path dependency, co-evolution of technology with political, institutional, economic and social factors 
      • apply the conceptual understanding and empirical knowledge gained from the course to the analysis of a variety of energy systems in developed countries (including electricity generation, heat production and mobility) 
      • critically discuss and evaluate different policy approaches to governing low carbon transitions. 
    • Information and Communication Technology Policy and Strategy

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module provides you with an overview of the strategic management and policy issues raised by the production and use of advanced information and communication technologies and services. Perspectives are drawn from economics, management and organisation theory, as well as political science and sociology. The focus is on the evolution of a complex technical system in the wider contexts of emerging user requirements in the public and private sectors. Much of the course is centred around the implications of the internet, particularly in terms of media conversion, regulation, productivity and employment, intellectual property rights and electronic commerce.

    • Innovation for Sustainability

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will explore the role innovation can play in sustainable development in industrialised and developing countries, including (but not limited to) its importance in mitigating and adapting to climate change. A number of key ideas will be used to provide a framework for learning. These include past and current theory on sustainability, growth and competitiveness (with specific reference to the role of technology), understanding and influencing directions of innovation, and the governance of socio-technical transitions. Specific topics will be explored within each key idea. Examples include: social and technical innovations in energy and resource use efficiency; economic and other policy instruments to promote such innovations; barriers to the diffusion of sustainable innovations; the role of innovative green niches in systems transformations; and the challenges of international co-ordination. These will be illustrated with reference to real world cases in the manufacturing, housing, agriculture and energy sectors. 

      This module will enable you to:

      • articulate and utilise a working knowledge of issues concerning innovations and sustainability and to evaluate critically the main theoretical perspectives on innovation and the environment; 
      • apply concepts from innovation theory in analysing a range of contemporary environmental policy problems; 
      • research the innovation dimensions of a contemporary environmental problem using a mix of academic and policy literature, and 
      • demonstrate the understanding and intellectual skills identified above by means of clear and concise written work. 
    • Innovation in the Creative Economy

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      You will learn the key aspects underpinning the creative economy—a significant driver of growth in recent years— and develop an understanding of how innovation takes place in the creative industries. You will also learn how these innovations are commercialised. By linking theory with real-world practices, you'll discover how firms and other organisations leverage creativity, innovation and technology in order to create value, and how this value is captured and marketed.

    • Introduction to Statistical Research Methods

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module aims to provide you with a basic understanding of descriptive statistics and statistical inference as they are used in the social sciences and to develop an adequate level of skill in the use of a leading statistical software package (SPSS) so that the you will be able to perform statistical analysis relevant for reaching social science research conclusions. This is done through extensive `hands-on practice. The coverage of descriptive statistics includes methods that can also be used for exploratory qualitative analysis.

      The module is organised in lectures and tutorials. The lectures provide an introduction to the theoretical and practical elements of each topic and offer an opportunity for discussion of, extensions to, and clarification of each topic. The tutorials in the computer room will introduce you to the use of the statistical software package SPSS. 

      This module will enable you to:

      • gain a critical awareness of the definition and proper use of descriptive statistical analysis. 
      • understand the definition and appropriate use of basic statistical inference. 
      • define and evaluate the use of descriptive and inferential statistical analysis to social sciences theories 
      • propose hypotheses and test them using the tools of descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. 
    • Management of Risk

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Risk surrounds us, and risk management is crucial to organisations. This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the nature of risk and the role of risk management in modern organisations. From this, you develop an understanding of key processes involved in developing a risk management plan and techniques used to identify, assess and manage risk.

      We address the various aspects involved in the management of risk in project and operational business environments. Broader issues of technological risk are also addressed. Topics covered include the:

      • external and internal factors that contribute to the emergence and escalation of risks
      • processes required to manage those risk
      • involvement of stakeholder
      • tools and methods applied to identify assess and control risks
      • management of project risks associated with innovation and technology
      • interface between technological risks and their management within society.
    • Managing Complex Projects, Products and Systems

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      During this module you will address three central issues:

      Organisational capabilities: how organisational forms and capabilities in project management, systems integration and software engineering are essential in the design and production of CoPS. Special emphasis is given to project management capabilities.

      Models of innovation: how industrial structures, product life cycles and innovation management in CoPS differ from the conventional model of innovation often based on the mass production of consumer goods.

      Firm strategy: how firms are changing their strategic positions, building new service capabilities and creating customer-centric organisations to provide bundles of products and services as integrated solutions to their customer's needs.

    • Managing Intellectual Property

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Protecting intellectual assets has become a key success factor for organisations in the knowledge-based economy. This module provides you with the knowledge and tools for managing intellectual property (IP), and how best to deploy and appropriate these to create value from the perspective of both private and public-sector organisations. More specifically, you will gain an understanding of IP strategies and approaches in multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as universities and research institutes. You will learn about patents and copyrights as instruments to protect IP as well as develop an understanding of less formal, alternative approaches.

    • Managing Knowledge

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module outlines the key institutional and organisational forms underpinning the emerging knowledge economy, looking closely at the pivotal role that knowledge workers play in the creation, application and diffusion of knowledge within and between firms.

      You will consider new approaches to managing learning processes in the firm, including recent developments such as knowledge management and novel organisational structures. You will explore the role of labour mobility through different types of knowledge worker communities and networks. You will also consider the role of open-source innovation and knowledge transfer within and across epistemic communities, the role of new human resource management approaches, and network mapping techniques. You will go on to consider how certain skills are coming to play a critical role in the knowledge economy, such as knowledge brokering and gate-keeping. Finally, you will explore how labour market institutions that impact on careers shape different approaches to knowledge generation, and be introduced to key concepts associated with knowledge transfer, including social capital, knowledge exploration and exploitation, and the role of key actors in knowledge transfer.

    • Network Analysis and Infographics

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      We are surrounded by networks, from online social networks to ecosystems and inter-organisational collborations. Analysing these networks is crucial to understanding their role in the socio-economic-technical environment, and to explaining physical and social phenomena. 

      We introduce you to qualitative and quantitative techniques for collection of network data and analysis of networks. You'll also learn the basic principles of generating network data-based infographics, which are capable of conveying rich and complex information with relatively simple images. Dedicated seminars will introduce you to the main software packages used to perform network analysis and to generate infographics. These include R-statistics (and the “igraph” package), Pajek, and Gephi.

      For the module, you will be asked to form groups of 3-4 people to collect data on a given phenomenon of interest. You will analyse these using network analysis, and generate an ‘infographic poster’.

    • Science, Technology and Contemporary Security Challenges

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) Masters courses at the University of Sussex

Entry requirements

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above in social or natural sciences, the humanities or engineering. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?


Home: £7,700 per year

EU: £7,700 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £7,700 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship

Postgraduate Economics Scholarship for African students. (2017)

The scholarship is for a student from a sub-Saharan African country studying for either the Development Economics MSc or the Economics MSc

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the Postgraduate Economics Scholarship for African students.

SPRU 50th Anniversary Scholarship (2017)

Five £10,000 scholarships for outstanding applicants who have accepted a place on one of SPRU’s five MSc courses.

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the SPRU 50th Anniversary Scholarship

St. Kovachev Scholarship for International Marketing MSc (2017)

The scholarship is for a UK/EU student studying for the International Marketing MSc.

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the St. Kovachev Scholarship for International Marketing MSc

St. Kovachev Scholarship in Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc (2017)

The scholarship is for a UK/EU student studying for the Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the St. Kovachev Scholarship in Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex MBA Scholarship (2017)

The Sussex MBA Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to UK, EU and international applicants who have been offered a place on The Sussex MBA.

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Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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The Hornsey Scholarship (2017)

A £10,000 award for an outstanding student on the MSc in International Accounting and Corporate Governance.

Application deadline:

31 July 2017

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Meet the people teaching and supervising on your course.

  • Faculty profiles

    Dr Allam Ahmed
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: Africa, Change Management Strategy, ICT in Education, Information and Knowledge Management, Innovation for sustainability, Innovation Management, International business, International Development, Knowledge generation - Co-Creation, Knowledge Management (Design), Marketing, Media and international development, Middle Eastern and African Studies, Science and technology policy, Strategic management, sudan, Sustainable development, Technology

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    Dr Saurabh Arora
    Senior Lecturer in Technology and Innovation for Development

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    Dr Robert Byrne

    Research interests: climate policy, Developing Countries, Development studies, energy policy, Innovation for sustainability, Low carbon development, Renewables, Socio-technical transitions, Strategic niche management

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    Dr Rose Cairns
    Research Fellow

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    Dr Tommaso Ciarli
    Senior Research Fellow

    Research interests: complex adaptive systems, Conflict and violence, Development Economics, ecological economics, Economics of innovation, Entrepreneurship, Globalisation of production/agriculture, Scientometrics, Structural change and economic growth, Technological Change

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    Dr Rachael Durrant
    Research Assistant

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    Dr Adrian Ely
    Senior Lecturer in SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

    Research interests: Agro-ecological agriculture, biotechnology, Chinese science & innovation policy, Food Security, Innovation for sustainability, Research and innovation governance

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    Dr Rumy Hasan
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: Critique of multiculturalism and multifaithism, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Political economy of Russia, The conflict in the Middle East and its impact on the West (including ‘dual identities’)

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    Dr Sabine Hielscher
    Research Fellow

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    Dr Michael Hopkins
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: biotechnology, diagnostics, Financing Innovation, Healthcare, Hidden Innovation, Innovation Systems, Intellectual Property, Managing Change, pharmaceuticals, Regulation of Technology, Science and technology policy, Science And Technology Studies, Scientometrics, Technology Strategy

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    Dr Florian Kern
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: Climate change, Energy, Innovation policy issues, Political economy, Politics, Science and technology policy, Sustainability transitions

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    Prof Fiona Marshall
    Professor of Environment & Development

    Research interests: Ecosystem Services, Environment And Health, Food safety, Food Security, Innovation for sustainability, interdisciplinary research, International Development, Natural Resource Management, Peri-urban sustainability, Plant responses to environment, Science and technology policy, Urbanisation

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    Prof Ben Martin
    Professor of Science & Technology Policy Studies

    Research interests: benefits of publicly funded research, creativity and research, evolution of universities, innnovation studies, research assessment, research collaboration, research impact assessment, research integrity, science policy, technology foresight, University-industry links

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    Prof Mariana Mazzucato

    Research interests: Economic Policy, Economics of innovation, Finance and innovation, Firm growth, Growth Policy, History of Economic Thought, Industrial organisation, Innovation Policy

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    Dr Caitriona McLeish
    Senior Research Fellow

    Research interests: arms control, biological weapons, Biosecurity, CBRN terrorism, chemical weapons, disarmament, dual use, International Law, International security, international treaties and governance regimes, proliferation, WMD

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    Prof Erik Millstone
    Professor in Science & Technology Policy

    Research interests: Food Safety Policy, Obesity prevention policy, Science and Policy-Making, Science and technology policy, Sustainable agriculutral development

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    Prof Paul Nightingale
    Professor Of Strategy

    Research interests: Biosecurity, Biotechnology - Synbio, Change Management Strategy, Data Mining, Economic And Social History, Financial regulation, Industrial Innovation, Innovation policy issues, Security studies, Strategy and entrepreneurship, War and the military-industrial complex

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    Mr Parimal Patel
    Research Fellow

    Research interests: Innovation policy issues

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    Dr Ismael Rafols
    Associate Faculty

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    Dr Matias Ramirez
    Senior Lecturer in Management

    Research interests: Land Use

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    Dr James Revill
    Research Fellow

    Research interests: biological weapons, Biological weapons convention, Biosecurity, Bioterrorism, chemical terrorism, chemical weapons, disarmament, IEDs, Improvised Explosive Devices, International Organization, International security

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    Dr Karoline Rogge
    Lecturer In Energy Policy And Sustainability

    Research interests: climate policy, consistency, credibility, decarbonization, eco-innovation, ecological economics, energy transition, Environmental economics, eu emission trading system, Innovation studies, policy mix, Renewables, sustainability, Sustainability transitions

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    Dr Daniele Rotolo
    Lecturer in Science Technology and Innovation Policy

    Research interests: Academic productivity, Bibliometrics, Emerging technologies, Funding complementarity, Funding data, Network Analysis, Network dynamics, patent analysis, Science and technology policy, Scientometrics, social network analysis

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    Dr Carlos Sato
    Lecturer in Management

    Research interests: Major Projects Studies, Project Management, Technological Change, Technology and Innovation Management

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    Prof Maria Savona
    Professor of Innovation and Evolutionary Economics

    Research interests: Applied Economics, Barriers to innovation, Economics of innovation, Regional and urban economic development, Structural change and economic growth, Structural dynamics, Theory and measurement of innovation in services

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    Prof Johan Schot
    Director of SPRU

    Research interests: Hidden Innovation, History of Science/Medicine/Technology, Strategic management, Sustainability transitions

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    Dr Josh Siepel
    Senior Lecturer in Management

    Research interests: Design Innovation, Economics, Economics of Awards, Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship policy, Financing Innovation, Firm growth, Innovation Creativity and Design, Innovation policy issues, skills and employment, Small Business Policy, SMEs; SME finance; SME public policy

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    Prof Adrian Smith
    Professor of Technology and Society

    Research interests: Grassroots innovation, Innovation studies, Politics of technology, STS, Sustainable development, Technology and society

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    Prof Steven Sorrell
    Professor of Energy Policy

    Research interests: Energy and climate policy, Energy Efficiency, rebound effects, resource depletion

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    Prof Ed Steinmueller
    Professor of Information & Communication Technology Policy

    Research interests: Economics

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    Prof Andrew Stirling
    Professor of Science & Technology Policy

    Research interests: diversity analysis, ecological economics, energy policy, innovation democracy, multicriteria mapping, participatory appraisal, precaution, risk, Science And Technology Studies, science policy, Sustainability transitions, technology assessment, uncertainty

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    Dr Puay Tang
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: academic entrepreneurship, evaluation of publicly funded investments, research impact assessment, University-industry links

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    Prof Joseph Tidd
    Professor of Science & Technology Policy Research

    Research interests: Industrial Innovation, Innovation Management, New Product Development

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    Prof Jim Watson
    Professor of Energy Policy

    Research interests: Energy and climate policy, Innovation Policy

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Students are challenged by a range of teaching styles and methods. They learn from academic staff, practitioners who deliver guest lectures and each other.”Professor Joanna Chataway
Professor of Science Technology and Policy


Graduate destinations

95% of students from the Science Policy Research Unit were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our students have gone on to jobs including:

  • strategic development analyst, Hewlett Packard
  • research policy advisor, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • policy consultant, Technopolis Ltd.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)


Your future career

Our graduates have gained employment in governments, and a wide range of businesses and NGOs all over the world, often in ministries for:

  • science, technology and innovation policy
  • international development
  • health research and innovation policy
  • industrial, trade and education policy
  • environment and sustainability policy.

Employers of our graduates include a very wide range of diverse organisations and include the following:

  • UK’s Government Office for Science; Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Environment Agency; Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Pfizer, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
  • European Commission
  • European Environment Agency
  • Royal Society of London
  • Council of Canadian Academies
  • Chinese Academy of Engineering
  • South African Department of Science and Technology
  • Colombian Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation.

This course is also an ideal grounding for further study at PhD level and a career in academia.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

The year on the MSc was formative and my professional life since has been strongly shaped by the insights, friends and connections I gained at SPRU.”Dr Rob Doubleday
Executive Director
University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy

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