Taught course

Strategic Innovation Management (formerly titled Technology and Innovation Management)

University of Sussex · SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent professional qualification

Months of entry


Course content

You are based in SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, which is the longest-established and largest academic body studying science, technology and innovation in the world.

The MSc equips you with the knowledge to understand, and the skills and tools to manage, innovation at operational and strategic levels. The management of innovation is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-functional, so we provide an integrative approach which develops a practical yet rigorous toolbox of methods.

Most management training is aimed at maintaining stability for the organisation and focuses less on the effective management of innovation. Our MSc is fundamentally different, equipping you with the knowledge and skills needed to lead and manage innovation and operational and strategic levels, qualities
essential to the continued success of rapidly growing and highly innovative firms such as Apple and Google. However, benefiting from innovative ideas is not easy or automatic and this MSc provides an integrative approach that combines the management of the market, technological and organisational change to create value from innovation.

Through a range of seminars, lectures and employer-based projects, the course focuses on the processes of scientific advance and technical innovation and their dependence on the decisions and actions of organisations and individuals. You will understand and apply a range of basic quantitative and qualitative
social science research skills and practical tools needed for the application of technological and innovation management. Our approach is critical and interdisciplinary, drawing upon ideas from business, management and economics, political sciences, innovation studies and science and technology policy.


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, multiple-choice tests, essays, group reports and an individual research dissertation. You are required to complete coursework exercises and an assessment for the Statistical Research Methods module.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 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 tab.

Autumn term: you take Managing Innovation • Science, Technology and Innovations: Markets, Firms and Policies.

Spring term: you take Introduction to Statistical Research Methods • Perspectives, Methods and Skills for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies • Technology Management Project. You also choose two options from ICT: Policy and Strategy • Innovation for Sustainability • Management of Risk • Managing Intellectual Property • Innovation and Infrastructure • Entrepreneurship • Managing Complex Projects, Products and Systems • The Political Economy of Science Policy • Governing Energy Transitions • Energy Policy and Sustainability • Energy and Development • ManagingKnowledge • Governing and Using Technology and Development. Not all options may be offered in the year. Additional options may be available.

Spring and summer terms: you undertake a group technology management project that assesses the sources and outcomes of a specific technology or innovation. You also attend the Research Design, Planning and Management workshop and carry out supervised work on your individual research dissertation. There is also the option to study two modules at Boston University in the US, subject to availability.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)

Course contact details

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