Industrial and Innovation Policy (984N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module responds to an explicit and increasing demand from students to be trained on aims, rationale and tools of industrial and innovation policy. Industrial development and competitiveness are greatly affected by policy actions implemented at various levels, from the local to the international one.

The module content covers the different theoretical grounding and rationale of industrial policy; the design, implementation, and assessment of industrial and innovation policy interventions, in the context of social, economic and environmental pressures.

You will learn the rationale, aims, direction and limitations of government interventions; how to create incentives of innovation in relevant firms, sectors and regions; how to tackle sectoral and spatial polarisation of productivity, employment and skills; what are the innovation and industrial policy actions available in context of global trade; how to tackle the fundamental trade-off between growth, competitiveness and environmental sustainability. The seminar topics will specifically tackle and critically discuss rationale and aims of policy interventions in emerging and developing countries.


65%: Lecture
35%: Seminar


25%: Coursework (Project)
75%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.