4 years full time, 6 years part time
Starts in September 2017
Science and Technology Policy Studies
From science and technology capability building in developing countries, to policy and regulation in energy and high technology industries, to rethinking sustainable development – our current research projects fall under three main headings:
- Governance and Sustainability
- Innovation in Firms and Industries
- National and International Science and Technology Systems.
At SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, you’ll work with internationally recognised experts employing an issue-focused interdisciplinary approach to innovation and industrial policy.
Full-time and part-time study
You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us.
PhD or MPhil?
You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.
- An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
- A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.
If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.
Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.
- Faculty profiles
Dr Allam Ahmed
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
Dr Saurabh Arora
Senior Lecturer in Technology and Innovation for Development
Dr Robert Byrne
Research interests: climate policy, Developing Countries, Development studies, energy policy, Innovation for sustainability, Low carbon development, Renewables, Socio-technical transitions, Strategic niche management
Prof Joanna Chataway
Professor of Science and Technology Policy
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
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
Dr Rumy Hasan
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’)
Dr Michael Hopkins
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
Dr Florian Kern
Research interests: Climate change, Energy, Innovation policy issues, Political economy, Politics, Science and technology policy, Sustainability transitions
Prof Gordon Mackerron
Professor Of Science And Technology Policy
Research interests: Nuclear power
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
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
Dr Alberto Marzucchi
Lecturer in Economics of Innovation
Research interests: Barriers to innovation, environmental innovation, Firm growth, Geography and Innovation, Industry dynamics, Innovation Policy, Open Innovation
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
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
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
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
Mr Parimal Patel
Research interests: Innovation policy issues
Dr Matias Ramirez
Senior Lecturer in Management
Research interests: Land Use
Dr James Revill
Research interests: biological weapons, Biological weapons convention, Biosecurity, Bioterrorism, chemical terrorism, chemical weapons, disarmament, IEDs, Improvised Explosive Devices, International Organization, International security
Dr Karoline Rogge
Lecturer In Energy Policy And Sustainability
Research interests: climate policy, consistency, credibility, decarbonization, eco-innovation, ecological economics, energy transition, Environmental economics, eu emission trading system, Innovation studies, policy mix, Renewables, sustainability, Sustainability transitions
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
Dr Carlos Sato
Lecturer in Management
Research interests: Major Projects Studies, Project Management, Technological Change, Technology and Innovation Management
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
Prof Johan Schot
Director of SPRU
Research interests: Hidden Innovation, History of Science/Medicine/Technology, Strategic management, Sustainability transitions
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
Prof Adrian Smith
Professor of Technology and Society
Research interests: Grassroots innovation, Innovation studies, Politics of technology, STS, Sustainable development, Technology and society
Prof Steven Sorrell
Professor of Energy Policy
Research interests: Energy and climate policy, Energy Efficiency, rebound effects, resource depletion
Prof Benjamin Sovacool
Professor of Energy Policy
Research interests: Climate change adaptation, Climate change mitigation, energy justice, energy policy, energy security, Energy Supply, Sustainability: Environmental
Prof Ed Steinmueller
Professor of Information & Communication Technology Policy
Research interests: Economics
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
Dr Puay Tang
Research interests: academic entrepreneurship, evaluation of publicly funded investments, research impact assessment, University-industry links
Prof Joseph Tidd
Professor of Science & Technology Policy Research
Research interests: Industrial Innovation, Innovation Management, New Product Development
Normally a Masters degree in a field related to science and technology policy, or several years of equivalent professional experience.
Note that it is only possible to begin this degree in September.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.
English language support
Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.
Additional information for international students
We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.
Visas and immigration
Scholarships and fees
How can I fund my course?
Postgraduate Masters Loan
MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.
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.
Commonwealth Scholarship (2017)
Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.
29 March 2017
Doctoral Scholarships in the School of Business, Management and Economics (2017)
PGR scholarships for UK/EU and overseas applicants. Max three years. Successful students will receive a full fee waiver & yearly stipend of £8.500
31 March 2017
Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (2017)
Four scholarships of £800 to reward talented musicians and encourage music performance whilst studying at Sussex.
19 May 2017
We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.
How much does it cost?
Fees for self-funding students
Home: £4,195 per year
EU: £4,195 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year
Overseas: £15,100 per year
Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.