Science and Technology Policy MSc

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

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.

Why choose this course?

  • 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.

Pathway to doctoral study

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

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 6.0-7.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 2.5/4.0 (Grade C+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class lower division or GPA 2.7/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 4.5-5.0/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 65%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad’ and a GPA of 3.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 15/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention assez bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 12.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.7 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 50-65% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 2.8/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 14.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 101.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 3.75 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 2,67.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 13/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division or CGPA of at least 3.0/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of C.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 55%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 12/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 2.8 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.0/5.0 or 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division or CAP 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 2.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with lower second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 4.5/6 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 7.0/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at pgbmec@sussex.ac.uk

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.

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Challenge

Develop novel science, technology and innovation policy ideas. Compete for a prize for the idea with the most transformative potential. Our Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Challenge helps you develop skills in:

  • presenting
  • communication
  • critical thinking.

You can work on your own or in a small team. At the end of the year, you'll pitch your idea to a panel of industry experts and a live audience.

The Challenge is optional. It's designed to enrich your academic studies and give you the opportunity to apply knowledge gained from the course. It'll also allow you to explore essay and dissertation topics.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

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.

Options

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

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

Our experts

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
Dr Allam Ahmed

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 Robert Byrne

Dr Robert Byrne

Lecturer

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 Tommaso Ciarli

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 Adrian Ely

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

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 Michael Hopkins

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prof Erik Millstone

Emeritus Professor

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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Dr James Revill

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

Dr Karoline Rogge

Senior Lecturer in Sustainability Innova

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prof Steven Sorrell

Professor of Energy Policy

Research interests

Energy and climate policy, Energy Efficiency, rebound effects, resource depletion

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Prof Andrew Stirling

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

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

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

Prof Jim Watson

Professor of Energy Policy

Research interests

Energy and climate policy, Innovation Policy

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Course enquiries

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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£10,600 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£10,600 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

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

If you’re studying part time over two years, you’ll be charged 50% of the equivalent 2018 full-time fee in each year of study. The fee in your second year – if you continue your studies without a break – will be subject to a 2.5% increase (subject to rounding).

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

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.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

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

Careers

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.

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.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

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

Making Science and Technology

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module is an introduction to social studies of science and technology.

You explore how techno-scientific developments such as gene editing and climate geoengineering are political issues, embroiled not only in controversies among scientists and engineers but also subject to wider public debates. Participants in these debates include civil society organisations and social movements, which may oppose or promote specific technologies and ways of knowing.

You look at how socioeconomic interests (including those of different user groups) and political forces such as public protests and government regulations attempt to influence the making of science and technology in (R&D) laboratories and test sites, alongside the norms and routines of scientists and engineers themselves. 

You explore the debates on how sciences and technologies intervene in wider social and material reality. Scientists (including those doing the social sciences) and engineers not only provide policy advice but also play a role in running corporations and work with civil society organizations. And in doing so, their facts and artefacts intertwined with cultural values and market forces shape how people relate to each other and to the natural world. 

You study:

  • social construction of scientific knowledge and of technology
  • actor-network theory, sciences as practices
  • co-production of science and society
  • risk, uncertainty and ambiguity.

Policy Making and Policy Analysis

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

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, Institutions and Power

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

You explore how since the Second World War, key assumptions underpinning science and technology policy have been widely discussed, challenged and reframed.

The challenges relate to many aspects of policy including:

  • the funding of science
  • regulation of science
  • evaluation of science
  • technology and innovation (STI)
  • provision of technology and scientific advice.

Critiques of linear models of funding science and interaction between evidence producers and policymakers and decision-makers have led to fundamental change in the way STI policy and related interventions are understood. In a variety of ways these new understandings have led to change in the way science funding and policy is devised and implemented. Analytical and policy shifts are both related to and have impacts on power relationships and structures.

In this module you explore the shifts in analytical perspectives and policy frameworks and interrogate STI’s growing complexity and develop understandings of current approaches to STI policy in historical and geographical context.

Science, Technology and Innovations: Markets, Firms and Policies

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

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. 

Perspectives, Methods and Skills for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This course initially provides you with an overview of the intellectual terrain covered by science and technology policy studies, with illustrations of some of the methodologies utilised in SPRU's work.

The course then provides you with an introduction to, and basic training in, a range of some of those methods of inquiry and analysis, both qualitative and quantitative, which should enable you not just to recognise others use of those methods, but also to understand how and when those methods can be applied.

Dissertation (Science and Technology Policy)

  • 60 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

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.

Sustainable Development: Perspectives, Policies and Practices

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

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 credits

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. 

Energy Policy and Sustainability

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module is intended to introduce you to the main concepts, theories, issues, challenges and debates within energy and climate policy, together with some of the analytical techniques used to explore this multifaceted subject.

Primary emphasis will be given to economic concepts and techniques, but the module will take a critical approach to orthodox economic theory and will incorporate ideas from behavioural economics, ecological economics and innovation studies.

The primary focus of the module is the opportunities, challenges and constraints associated with making the transition to a low carbon energy system. But this challenge cannot be understood without exploring the other dimensions of energy policy, such as energy security and market structure and regulation, together with the synergies and tensions between different policy objectives. 

Key themes of the module include the physical characteristics of fossil and renewable energy resources, the process of transition and change in energy systems and the rationales for and limits to public policy intervention.

Substantive issues to be covered include:

  • the relationship between
  • energy and economic growth
  • market and government failures in the energy sector
  • energy market liberalisation and the regulation of network industries
  • carbon pricing
  • the innovation and diffusion of energy technologies
  • resource depletion
  • the transition to renewable technologies and competing perspectives on energy security.

Much of the discussion and examples will relate to OECD countries, but issues relevant to developing countries will be introduced where appropriate and explored in more detail in the seminars. Relevant analytical techniques such as energy-economic modelling will be introduced but not examined in any detail. 

Governing and Using Technology for Development

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

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 credits

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. 

Infrastructure, Innovation and Sustainability

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Infrastructure-systems provide the foundation for a large proportion of modern economic activity. Such systems enable people, resources, energy and information to move around the world. But the production and operation of infrastructure presents significant policy and managerial challenges – it is typically organisationally complex and requires a variety of public and private organisations to work together to plan, design, build and operate it.

We explore innovation in infrastructure from a variety of public, private and civil society perspectives to produce an integrated understanding of how innovation takes place and which tools and techniques can be used to understand and improve modern infrastructure.

The module is focused on providing you with the skills and knowledge required for careers in strategically important infrastructure industries and projects involving clients, architects, engineers, contractors, government agencies, users and other stakeholders. The skills, knowledge and business-model focus of the course, together with the emphasis on learning across sectors, will generate transferable skills that will be valuable to students interested in the management and regulation of large complex organisations in a wide range of settings.

Innovation for Sustainability

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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.

Network Analysis and Infographics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

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’.

Quantitative Methods for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This course provides training and guidance in applied statistics for postgraduate students of various backgrounds who already have some acquaintance with elementary statistics.

The course has two main components. The first provides you with basic training in the use and application of methods in your own research. This will cover multivariate analysis, including analysis of variance, factor analysis, discriminant analysis, principal components, and cluster analysis. The second is designed to strengthen your ability to interpret and assess statistical work undertaken by others in applications reported in the academic publications likely to be encountered while undertaking a SPRU course.

Science, Technology and Contemporary Security Challenges

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Using an interdisciplinary approach that draws from international relations, political science and science and technology studies, you look at the relationship between science and technology and contemporary security.

Drawing from a series of case studies, including ‘cyberweapons’ and drones, you critically explore how developments in technology have influenced the way in which security is practised, wars are fought and terrorism undertaken; but also, how contestable perceptions of security have socially shaped certain technological options (and ignored other possibilities).

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