Technology and Innovation Management (2015 entry)

MSc, 1 year full time/2 years part time

Subject overview

  • Our courses are taught by world-renowned faculty with a strong background in relevant areas of research. 
  • Our range of courses builds on Sussex’s strong foundation of interdisciplinary study, encompassing corporate risk management, entrepreneurship, international finance, and international and innovation management. 
  • Our teaching is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to compete effectively in the fast-paced world of work. We tailor our taught courses to meet current and future employer demands, and will continue to adapt to the changing employment market. 
  • Our courses offer a choice between practice- and research-oriented study opportunities. They have been developed drawing on the expertise and input of experienced practitioners from industry and professional bodies. These experts complement our own expertise in research and help to enrich your learning experience. 

Global perspective

55th in the world for international outlook

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014

Academic quality

14th in the UK
43rd in Europe
111th in the world

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015

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    advertised in the last 18 months
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    in campus buildings and facilities

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    are home to Sussex graduates

  • 956 academic staff
    1,214 professional services staff

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    over 30 sports clubs

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    research income

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    < 30 minutes to Gatwick Airport
    < 60 minutes to central London
    < 90 minutes to Heathrow Airport

Programme outline

You are based in SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, which is the longest-established and largest academic body studying science, technology and innovation in the world, ranked second only to Harvard in terms of research impact on innovation studies (Research Policy, 2012). 

Our MSc in Technology and Innovation Management enables students to develop a systematic and critical understanding of how scientific development and technological innovation influence economic growth and development, as well as broader transformations in societies.

Students will engage with the key concepts, theories, issues and debates to develop an analytical understanding of the causes and consequences of scientific and technical change.

Most management training is aimed at maintaining stability for the organisation and focuses less on the effective management of innovation. Our MSc is fundamentally different, equipping you with the knowledge and skills needed to lead and manage innovation and operational and strategic levels. These are qualities essential to the continued success of rapidly growing and highly innovative firms such as Apple and Google. However, benefiting from innovative ideas is not easy or automatic and this MSc provides an integrative approach that combines the management of the market, technological and organisational change to create value from innovation.

Through a range of seminars, lectures, and, frequently, employer-based projects, the course focuses on the processes of scientific advance and technical innovation and their dependence on the decisions and actions of organisations and individuals. Students will be able to understand and apply a range of basic quantitative and qualitative social science research skills and practical tools needed for the application of technology and innovation management. Our approach is critical and interdisciplinary, drawing upon ideas from business, management and economics, political sciences, innovation studies and science and technology policy. Based in a world renowned centre, with its strong links to employers, this subject provides pathways into a range of careers.


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, multiple-choice tests, essays, group reports and an individual research dissertation. You are required to complete coursework exercises and an assessment for the Statistical Research Methods module.

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2015 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: you take Managing Innovation • Science, Technology and Innovations: Markets, Firms and Policies. 

Spring term: you take Introduction to Statistical Research Methods • Perspectives, Methods and Skills for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies • Technology Management Project. You also choose two options from Energy and Development • Energy Policy and Sustainability • Entrepreneurship • Governing Energy Transitions • Information and Communication Technologies Policy and Strategy • Innovation for Sustainability • Managing Complex Projects, Products and Systems • Managing Intellectual Property • Managing Knowledge • Technology and Human Development. Not all options may be offered in the year. Additional options may be available. 

Additionally, attendance on the Introduction to Statistical Research Methods module is compulsory.

Spring and summer terms: you undertake a group technology management project that assesses the sources and outcomes of a specific technology or innovation. You also attend the Research Design, Planning and Management workshop and carry out supervised work on your individual research dissertation.

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Design, Creativity and Innovation

15 credits
Autumn teaching, year 1

This module will introduce students to 'design thinking as driver of innovation, i.e. a set of problem-solving tools and problem-finding frameworks that lead to innovation and strategic leadership. Visual thinking, conceptual block-busting, user-Centered design, and user-driven innovation are not just tools for designers but can be harnessed by people to transform their organizations and society. It will teach you concepts and methodologies for incorporating innovation into your everyday practices.

Dissertation (Technology and Innovation Management)

30 credits
Summer teaching, year 1

You research and to write up a specific topic from the field of innovation management theory and practice. You will critically survey and identify relevant theories and models and then to employ them to assess some aspect of innovation management and to make recommendations. If you are a sponsored candidate, you may wish to examine a particular problem/area for your own organisation

Energy Policy and Sustainability

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

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. 

This module will enable you to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the key concepts, theories, issues, challenges and debates within climate change and energy policy, together with the dominant analytical approaches to this topic. 
  • apply a range of economic concepts to analyse and explain specific energy or climate policy problems, to identify and evaluate relevant policy options and to critique proposed solutions. 
  • be able to communicate ideas, analyses and results clearly and succinctly in a manner that is appropriate to a range of audiences (e.g. academic, policy and business 
  • demonstrate the understanding and intellectual skills identified above through presentations, participation in group activities and clear and concise written work. 

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 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. 

Governing and Using Technology for Development

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

Many technologies are controversial. They not only mean different things to different actors, but also distribute the benefits and costs associated with them unevenly in societies. For example, 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 and as a serious threat to food security by others. These multi-sided disagreements and disputes raise significant questions about two central aims of much contemporary international development i.e., environmental sustainability and poverty reduction. Can the (re)development and use of controversial technologies, new and old, be governed by state and non-state actors toward greater environmental sustainability and inclusiveness? If yes, how? This module will provide students with critical theoretical tools and empirical insights into the processes of governance and use of controversial technologies in different parts of the global south.

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.

Infrastructure and Innovation

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

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. The production and operation of infrastructure presents significant policy and managerial challenges as it is typically organisationally complex and requires a variety of public and private organisations to work together to plan, design, build and operate it. While the physical and information infrastructure of modern societies is very diverse, infrastructure sectors, such as transport, communications, energy, water and waste, and oil and gas, as well as the physical assets of modern societies (such as schools, hospitals, sports facilities, etc.), all share common problems, creating the possibility of learning across sectors. By adopting a business model focus, this course enables such cross sector learning. This cross sector learning is important because the production and operation of infrastructure has historically presented a range of public policy challenges, due to the high fixed costs, inherent monopoly problems and significant demand for infrastructure services found across many sectors and settings. To address these problems, a range of different governance-structures and regulation models have been employed, from public ownership to the heavy regulation of private monopolies. The public policy importance of infrastructure systems has increased due to the increased concern about their major contributions towards CO2 emissions, with the greening of infrastructure systems, particularly energy systems, now recognised as an essential part of modern climate change policy. These heavy regulatory burdens create novel public policy and innovation management problems that have been explored in a variety of SPRU research projects that the course will draw on. This course explores 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 the generation and operation of modern infrastructure. The course is focused on providing 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

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

The creative economy has been a significant driver of growth in recent years, because of the role of the cultural and creative industries. Students will learn the key aspects underpinning the creative economy and its main drivers, and develop a deep understanding of how innovation takes place in the creative industries. Students will also learn how these innovations are commercialised. By linking theory with real-world practices, students will discover how firms and other organizations 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 students with a holistic understanding of the nature of risk and the role of risk management in modern organizations, with an emphasis on its role in projects and innovation. Building on this, students will develop an understanding of key processes involved in developing a risk management plan and techniques used to identify, assess and manage risk. This course addresses the various aspects involved in the management of risk in mainly project and operational business environments, although broader issues of technological risk are addressed as well. Topics addressed include external and internal factors (relative to the project, firm and industry sector) that contribute to the emergence and escalation of risks; the processes required to manage those risks; the involvement of stakeholder, the tools and methods applied to identify assess and control risks, the management of project risks associated with innovation and technology, and the interface between technological risks and their management within society more broadly.

Management, Innovation and Organisational Performance

15 credits
Autumn teaching, year 1

This module aims to help you develop a critical awareness and deep understanding of the principles and practices associated with management and performance excellence, and provides insight into the drive for continuous improvement of products, services and processes for enhanced competitive positioning from effective innovation management.

The module includes a focus on strategies for sustainable improvement in performance of operating systems, ethical practice, organisational mindset, and planning and control mechanisms employed to effectively manage and monitor socio-economic performance for sustainable business operations.

By critically assessing the application of a range of tools, techniques and frameworks within a variety of best practice organisations across a number of industry sectors, at both national and international level, you will examine 'value' from a range of stakeholder perspectives.

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 Innovation

15 credits
Autumn teaching, year 1

This module equips you with the knowledge to understand, and the skills to manage, innovation at operational and strategic levels. The management of innovation is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-functional, so we aim here to provide you with an integrative approach to the management of innovation. Specifically, we aim to integrate the management of market, technological and organisational change to improve the competitiveness of firms and effectiveness of other organisations. You will explore the argument that the process of innovation management is essentially generic, although organisation, technological and market specific factors will constrain choices and actions.

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.

Multivariate Analysis

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

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.

New Product Development Strategy

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

This course teaches you that without continuously developing new and improved products organisations will be left behind by the market. You will see why product development is a risky business and why many new products fail as well as discussing the main issues faced by firms at each stage of the development processe.

Through lecturers, case studies and the use of practical exercise you will gain an understanding of effective innovation strategies, the tools and techniques firms employ to develop into new products and tactics to take them to market. Whilst not guaranteeing success, this course will help you minimise the chances of failure in your future product development activities.

This course covers both the analytical and practical management aspects of the product/service design process. The course aims to relate the theoretical basis of the management of innovation with the practical application of design thinking in industry and commerce.

It will be heavily centred on the service sector.

Indicative content:

  • Product planning
  • The produce design process
  • Screening
  • Concept development & testing
  • Portfolio management
  • Managing NPD
  • Testing & market research
  • Commercialisation strategies 
  • Success factors for new products
  • Measuring innovation performance

New Venture Creation and Simulation

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

This module gives you a comprehensive understanding of the entrepreneurial process and the development of new ventures, with equal attention paid to both business and public/non-for-profit sectors. Entrepreneurship is viewed as a process that provides sustainable economic, social and institutional change. Conceptual foundations are matched with practical training, to enable you to formulate and explore entrepreneurial ideas and opportunities.

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

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

This module provides a systematic guide to how to plan and successfully complete a research project within the constraints of time available for either writing a research paper or writing a dissertation. The module covers the key processes that a researcher must develop – the cultivation and understanding of different perspectives on the subject matters of study, a knowledge of the methods which may be used to inform and validate (or invalidate) these perspectives, and the acquisition of the skills needed to execute these methods and to present the results in a coherent and persuasive manner.

On completing the module you should have clear ideas about (and be able to execute) the full research process, including: identifying those features of topics which make them interesting for research; identifying relevant theory and frameworks for examining a topic; framing answerable research questions; designing research that is capable of providing robust and defensible answers to those questions; selecting relevant methods for implementing a research design; combining the elements of a research plan in a research proposal; and writing a forceful and persuasive research paper or dissertation 

This module will enable you to:

  • understand the basic principles of research design and strategy, including an understanding of how to formulate researchable problems and an appreciation of alternative approaches to research. 
  • apply a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and tools including mixed methods approaches. 
  • manage, conduct and disseminate research in a way that is consistent with both professional practice and principles of research ethics. 

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. 

Strategic Management - Business Mgmnt Course

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

This module aims to give you a strong grasp of the issues, tools and theoretical perspectives underlying the practice of strategy and its links with management. Using a combination of theory, practice and cases you will learn how to apply principles of strategy to companies.

The module begins by covering key skills and tools for strategic analysis. These include tools for analysing a firm's macroenvironment and competitive environment, as well as an organisation's own resources and capabilities. It then provides an in-depth summary of the strategy process as it is used by managers, and then discusses the range of theoretical perspectives that inform our understanding of this process.

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Entry requirements

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent professional qualification

Overseas entrance requirements

Overseas qualifications

If your country is not listed below, please contact the University at E

The following table is given as a general guide for our taught postgraduate degrees requiring a first- or upper-second class undergraduate honours degree. If you have any questions, contact the University at E

CountryOverseas qualification
Australia Bachelor (Honours) degree with second-class upper division
Brazil Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 8
Canada Bachelor degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+)
China Bachelor degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university
Cyprus Bachelor degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5
France Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13
Germany Bachelor degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better
Ghana Bachelor degree from a public university with second-class upper division
Greece Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7
Hong Kong Bachelor (Honours) degree with second-class upper division
India Bachelor degree from a leading institution with overall mark of at least 60% or equivalent
Iran Bachelor degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15
Italy Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105
Japan Bachelor degree from a leading university with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent
Malaysia Bachelor degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or B+
Mexico Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8
Nigeria Bachelor degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0
Pakistan Four-year bachelor degree, normally with a GPA of at least 3.3
Russia Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4
South Africa Bachelor (Honours) degree or Bachelor degree in Technology with an overall mark of at least 70%
Saudi Arabia Bachelor degree with an overall mark of at least 70% or CGPA 3.5/5.0 or equivalent
South Korea Bachelor degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or equivalent
Spain Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4
Taiwan Bachelor degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university
Thailand Bachelor degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent
Turkey Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university
United Arab Emirates Bachelor degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent
USA Bachelor degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university
Vietnam Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or equivalent

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications, contact the University at E

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

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Additional entry information

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Fees and funding


Fees for studying on courses available on a part-time basis will be charged at 50 per cent of the full-time fees listed below.

Home UK/EU students: £7,300 per year1
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £7,300 per year2
Overseas students: £15,350 per year3

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Faculty interests

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 Rocio Alvarez Tinoco
Research Fellow

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Mr Yusuf Dirie
Associate Tutor

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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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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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Mr Royston Morgan
Teaching Fellow in Operations Management

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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 Matias Ramirez
Senior Lecturer in Management

Research interests: Land Use

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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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Dr Josh Siepel
Lecturer in Management

Research interests: Design Innovation, Economics, 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 Ed Steinmueller
Professor of Information & Communication Technology Policy

Research interests: Economics

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Dr Puay Tang
Senior Lecturer

Research interests: Software patents

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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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Students will graduate with a range of transferable skills directly relevant to a range of occupations.

Our graduates have gone into careers in business, management consultancy, business and technology analysis, government, international organisations and think tanks, as well as academia. Others have set up their own businesses or joined new ventures as entrepreneurs. 

American Express Technologies have sponsored a number of students on the MSc TIM, and our students have worked with a range of employers on their dissertation projects including Arthur D. Little, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, BT, Pfizer and Proctor & Gamble.

Quotes from employers who have supported projects

“I was impressed by the student group’s ability to deal with both the practical issues that could effect future exploitation of Rolls Royce technology, and the abstract challenges of the various business models and evaluation techniques that they applied…the project demonstrates that considerable ‘intellectual horsepower’ can be accessed effectively through the relationship with SPRU”, Head of Technology Control, Rolls Royce plc

“We were impressed by the drive and enthusiasm of the students and the professional nature in which the project was approached.  The work performed was most comprehensive and thorough and presented within a series of frameworks which allowed the reader to distil clear messages.”  AgustaWestland Engineering

Felipe's career perspective

Felipe Jara

‘I came to study at the University of Sussex because the professors at my undergraduate university really recommended it. My expectations were very high, but totally fulfilled once I arrived.

‘My MSc in Technology and Innovation Management at SPRU, Science Policy Research Unit, allowed me to make contact with cutting-edge researchers and practitioners in a vibrant community focused around the issues of innovation. My degree opened up lots of opportunities for me. After completing my studies, I had the good fortune to work in a number of very interesting projects and places: within social technological innovation for schools; as an innovation manager practitioner in one of the biggest copper companies in the world; and now at a large technology transfer institution.

‘Sussex has definitely had a big impact on my career, and on my life.’

Felipe Jara
Director of Innovation Management Projects and Consulting,
Fundación Chile

Richa's student perspective

Richa Misra

‘I can without any doubt state that studying at the University of Sussex has been one of the most profound experiences of my life. Be it the international environment or the comprehensive list of options to chose from to pursue academic interests, I believe every programme at this University has its own unique offering.

‘I had a fantastic time studying on my MSc in Technology and Innovation Management. The classroom environment was friendly, and learning was kept interesting by means of various activities and exercises. The faculty members are also very inspiring and readily available to offer help.

‘There are also great opportunities available to students. One of these was Enter-priZe 2010, a student ideas competition, which I participated in and won the first prize. More than the sense of achievement that this experience instilled in me, it was the exposure it provided me with, the opportunities it opened, and the knowledge I gathered while I was preparing for the competition. ‘Overall, I am really satisfied at having had such memorable experiences during my stay here, which I am sure to cherish all my life.’

Richa Misra
MSc in Technology and Innovation Management

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