PhD
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 both within organisations and between organisations and their suppliers and customers.

Key areas of interest include:

  • technology strategy
  • high-growth new ventures
  • infrastructure sectors
  • healthcare and bio-pharmaceuticals
  • the management of knowledge and intellectual property.

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 at bmec-pgr@sussex.ac.uk

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:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex

Faculty

Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

  • Faculty profiles

    Prof Katie Bailey
    Professor Of Management
    K.Bailey@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: callings, Change Management, employee engagement, gender and employment, HRM in the public sector, Human resource management, knowledge-intensive firms, meaningful work, strategic human resource management

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    Prof Constantin Blome
    Professor Of Operations Management
    C.Blome@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Manufacturing Procurement, Operations Management, Operations Strategy, Outsourcing, Procurement, Public Procurement, Risk management, Supply Chain Innovation, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability: Environmental

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    Dr Ingo Borchert
    Lecturer in Economics
    I.Borchert@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Brexit, Foreign direct investment, International Trade, Service sector integration, Trade in services, Trade liberalization, Trade policy

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    Dr Achilleas Boukis
    Lecturer In Marketing
    A.Boukis@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Consumer branding, Innovation Management, internal branding, Service Encounter, Services Marketing

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    Dr Roberto Camerani
    Research Fellow
    R.Camerani@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Des Doran
    Senior Lecturer in Operations & Supply Chain Management
    D.Doran@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Logistics, Operations Management, Production Management, Supply Chain Management

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    Dr Bruce Hearn
    Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance
    B.A.Hearn@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Corporate finance, corporate governance, Finance, Financial Management

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    Dr Michael Hopkins
    Senior Lecturer
    M.M.Hopkins@sussex.ac.uk

    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 Norifumi Kawai
    Senior Lecturer in International Business
    N.Kawai@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: corporate social responsibility, expatriate management, global strategy, managerial economics, strategic human resource management

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    Dr Marv Khammash
    Lecturer in Marketing
    M.Khammash@sussex.ac.uk

    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

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    Prof Gordon Mackerron
    Professor Of Science And Technology Policy
    Gordon.Mackerron@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Nuclear power

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    Dr Alberto Marzucchi
    Lecturer in Economics of Innovation
    A.Marzucchi@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Barriers to innovation, environmental innovation, Firm growth, Geography and Innovation, Industry dynamics, Innovation Policy, Open Innovation

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    Dr Monica Masucci
    Lecturer In Strategy and Entrepreneurship
    M.Masucci@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Strategy and entrepreneurship

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    Dr Piera Morlacchi
    Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Organisation Studies
    P.Morlacchi@sussex.ac.uk

    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

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    Prof Susan Newell
    Professor of Information Systems
    Sue.Newell@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Dimitra Petrakaki
    Reader in Information Systems
    D.Petrakaki@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Information Systems, Information technology and organisational change, Organisational theory, Science And Technology Studies, Sociology, sociology of health, sociology of technology

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    Dr Maria Restuccia
    Lecturer In Marketing
    M.Restuccia@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Marketing, Marketing Research, New Product Development, Policy, Arts Management & Creative Industries

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    Dr Carlos Sato
    Lecturer in Management
    C.E.Y.Sato@sussex.ac.uk

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

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    Dr Josh Siepel
    Lecturer in Management
    J.Siepel@sussex.ac.uk

    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 Chris Storey
    Professor of Marketing
    C.D.Storey@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Buyer-Seller Relationships, innovation, Marketing, New Product Development, Services Marketing

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    Prof David Storey
    Professor of Enterprise
    D.J.Storey@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Gamblers Ruin, SMEs; SME finance; SME public policy

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    Dr Puay Tang
    Senior Lecturer
    P.Tang@sussex.ac.uk

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

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    Dr Shqiponja Telhaj
    Senior Lecturer in Economics
    S.Telhaj@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Applied microeconomics, Economics of Education, Labour economics

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    Dr Shova Thapa Karki
    Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
    S.Thapa-Karki@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Biodiversity and Conservation, Conflict and resources, Green Management, Peri-urban sustainability, Social-ecological resilience, Sustainability: Environmental, Sustainable Entrepreneurship

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    Prof Joseph Tidd
    Professor of Science & Technology Policy Research
    J.Tidd@sussex.ac.uk

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

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    Mrs Dagmara Weckowska
    Lecturer In Business And Innovation
    D.M.Weckowska@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Information and Knowledge Management, Innovation Management, Organisational Change, Organisational Learning, UK science & innovation policy, University-industry links

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    Dr Mirela Xheneti
    Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Small Business
    M.Xheneti@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship in the Informal Economy, Institutional Entrepreneurship, Small Business Growth, Small Business Policy, Transition Economies

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    Dr Biao Yang
    Senior Lecturer in Operations Management
    Biao.Yang@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Inventory models, Operations Management, Production Management, Supply Chain Management

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Entry requirements

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.

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

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

Additional information for international students

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

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


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.

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.

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

Application deadline:

31 March 2017

Find out more about the Doctoral Scholarships in the School of Business, Management and Economics

Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (2017)

Four scholarships of £800 to reward talented musicians and encourage music performance whilst studying at Sussex.

Application deadline:

19 May 2017

Find out more about the Dr John Birch Music Scholarship

Part-time work

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.

Find out more about careers and employability

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.