4 years full time, 6 years part time
Starts in September 2017
Technology and Innovation Management
At SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, our research focuses on the direction, degree and impact of technological change. We aim to understand the varied pathways through which it may develop and how that can be strategically managed.
We work on enhancing innovation in all types of organisations, and across all sectors. This involves developing and delivering tools to improve the management of innovation within organisations and between organisations and their suppliers and customers.
Areas of study
Key areas of interest include:
- technology strategy
- high-growth new ventures
- infrastructure sectors
- healthcare and bio-pharmaceuticals
- the management of knowledge and intellectual property.
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.
How to apply
If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:
- browse scholarships and funded projects in this subject area
- find a potential supervisor and propose your own research project.
Full-time and part-time study
Choose to work on your research full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. For details about part-time study, contact us at email@example.com
Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.
- Faculty profiles
Prof Katie Bailey
Professor Of Management
Research interests: Change Management, employee engagement, gender and employment, HRM in the public sector, Human resource management, knowledge-intensive firms, meaningful work, strategic human resource management
Prof Constantin Blome
Professor Of Operations Management
Research interests: Manufacturing Procurement, Operations Management, Operations Strategy, Outsourcing, Procurement, Public Procurement, Risk management, Supply Chain Innovation, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability: Environmental
Dr Ingo Borchert
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Research interests: Brexit, Foreign direct investment, International Trade, Service sector integration, Trade in services, Trade liberalization, Trade policy
Dr Achilleas Boukis
Lecturer In Marketing
Research interests: Consumer branding, Innovation Management, internal branding, Service Encounter, Services Marketing
Dr Des Doran
Senior Lecturer in Operations & Supply Chain Management
Research interests: Logistics, Operations Management, Production Management, Supply Chain Management
Dr Bruce Hearn
Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance
Research interests: Corporate finance, corporate governance, Finance, Financial Management
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 Norifumi Kawai
Senior Lecturer in International Business
Research interests: corporate social responsibility, expatriate management, global strategy, managerial economics, strategic human resource management
Dr Marv Khammash
Lecturer in Marketing
Research interests: consumer activism, Consumer behaviour, Consumer health, Consumer studies, digital identities, Digital Marketing, digital media, ethical consumption, Forecast Models, ICT and Digital Technologies, Internet of things, Marketing, Marketing Research, Mobile Apps, online identity, Peer to Peer Computing, Pharmaceutical marketing, Piracy, Psychosocial methods, Social networking, technology foresight
Prof Gordon Mackerron
Professor Of Science And Technology Policy
Research interests: Nuclear power
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
Dr Monica Masucci
Lecturer In Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Research interests: Strategy and entrepreneurship
Dr Piera Morlacchi
Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Organisation Studies
Research interests: Artificial Intelligence, Complex adaptive systems and networks, Design Creativity and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, ethnography, Health Entrepreneurship, health technologies, nonprofit organization (NPO), organization studies, public policy, Science And Technology Studies, Social Innovation and Sustainability, Sociology of Work and Organization
Dr Dimitra Petrakaki
Reader in Information Systems
Research interests: Information Systems, Information technology and organisational change, Organisational theory, Science And Technology Studies, Sociology, sociology of health, sociology of technology
Dr Maria Restuccia
Lecturer In Marketing
Research interests: Marketing, Marketing Research, New Product Development, Policy, Arts Management & Creative Industries
Dr Carlos Sato
Lecturer in Management
Research interests: Major Projects Studies, Project Management, Technological Change, Technology and Innovation Management
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
Prof Chris Storey
Professor of Marketing
Research interests: Buyer-Seller Relationships, innovation, Marketing, New Product Development, Services Marketing
Prof David Storey
Professor of Enterprise
Research interests: Gamblers Ruin, SMEs; SME finance; SME public policy
Dr Puay Tang
Research interests: academic entrepreneurship, evaluation of publicly funded investments, research impact assessment, University-industry links
Dr Shqiponja Telhaj
Reader in Economics
Research interests: Applied microeconomics, Economics of Education, Labour economics
Dr Shova Thapa Karki
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
Research interests: Biodiversity and Conservation, Conflict and resources, Green Management, Peri-urban sustainability, Social-ecological resilience, Sustainability: Environmental, Sustainable Entrepreneurship
Prof Joseph Tidd
Professor of Science & Technology Policy Research
Research interests: Industrial Innovation, Innovation Management, New Product Development
Dr Dagmara Weckowska
Lecturer In Business And Innovation
Research interests: Information and Knowledge Management, Innovation Management, Organisational Change, Organisational Learning, UK science & innovation policy, University-industry links
Dr Mirela Xheneti
Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Small Business
Research interests: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship in the Informal Economy, Institutional Entrepreneurship, Small Business Growth, Small Business Policy, Transition Economies
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.
Opening up Big Pharma R&D: understanding the obstacles to greater openness and collaboration between pharmaceutical industry scientists and those outside these organisations- PhD Scholarship (2017)
Fully-funded PhD position available to start in September 2017
4 August 2017
Find out more about the Opening up Big Pharma R&D: understanding the obstacles to greater openness and collaboration between pharmaceutical industry scientists and those outside these organisations- PhD Scholarship
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.