Taught course

Science and Technology Policy

University of Sussex · SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research

Entry requirements

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above in social or natural sciences, the humanities or engineering. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

No-one can predict with certainty the future trajectories of genomics, material science, artificial intelligence or the internet, but there is little doubt that advances in science and technology will continue to transform the way we live, create new industries, and help us to tackle tomorrow’s social and environmental problems.

This makes designing effective policies and institutions for science and technology a priority for governments worldwide. The challenge is not just to advance science and technology but to set directions and priorities for their development. At the same time, scientific advice and evidence to inform public policies is in high demand. From climate change to cyber-security, food technologies to fracking, controversies continue to erupt at the boundaries between science, politics and society.

Our globally renowned MSc in Science and Technology Policy is Europe’s longest-standing course in this field. It provides students with a wide range of perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for science and technology in both the developed and developing world. Students will engage with the key concepts, theories and debates and apply these to the analysis, design and evaluation of different policies.

SPRU has trained successive generations of policy makers who now occupy senior roles in governments, businesses and NGOs. The course provides a foundation in the language, logic and tools of policy analysis, enabling students to investigate specific science and technology policy challenges and to evaluate and recommend policy solutions. With learning delivered through a mix of seminars, group discussions and work experience, there is no better foundation for a career in science and technology policy.

Our approach is critical and interdisciplinary, drawing upon ideas from economics, political science, innovation studies and the sociology of science and technology. Masters and PhD students are integral to life at SPRU. We welcome students from a diverse range of backgrounds, and believe this encourages new thinking and different approaches.


Modules are assessed by a combination of analysis assignments, project presentations, extended essays, and a dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 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 list. Modules may be subject to change.

Core Modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • Dissertation (Science and Technology Policy)
  • Introduction to Statistical Research Methods
  • Perspectives, Methods and Skills for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies
  • Policy Making and Policy Analysis
  • Science, Technology and Innovations: Markets, Firms and Policies
  • Science, Institutions and Power


Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Energy Policy and Sustainability
  • Energy and Development
  • Governing Energy Transitions
  • Governing and Using Technology for Development
  • Information and Communication Technology Policy and Strategy
  • Infrastructure and Innovation
  • Innovation for Sustainability
  • Innovation in the Creative Economy
  • Introduction to Statistical Research Methods
  • Management of Risk
  • Managing Complex Projects, Products and Systems
  • Managing Intellectual Property
  • Managing Knowledge
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Network Analysis and Infographics
  • Science, Institutions and Power
  • Sustainable Development: Perspectives, Policies and Practices

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/business-management-and-economics/science-and-technology-policy-msc

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 872717