MSc Science and Technology PolicyUniversity of Sussex Business School
About this program
MSc Science and Technology Policy
Advances in science and technology continue to transform the way we live. This makes designing effective policies 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.
On our Science and Technology Policy MSc, you’ll learn about the language, logic and tools of policy formulation and analysis. You’ll be taught by world-leading researchers and scholars, and benefit from the global networks enjoyed by the University of Sussex Business School and SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit.
You’ll investigate science and technology policy challenges, and learn to evaluate and recommend policy solutions. This includes:
- frameworks and tools to understand the complex dynamics of policy development
- critiquing and contributing to science, technology and innovation policy and industrial strategy
- analysing science, technology and innovation policy using an array of methodologies, from a number of perspectives.
You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.
Your qualification can be in any subject but undergraduate degrees in the social sciences, natural science, humanities or engineering are particularly suitable. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.
English language requirements
Standard level (6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component).
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website
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- Democratizing Science and Technology
- Introductory Data Science for Innovation
- Policy Making and Policy Analysis
- Science, Technology and Innovations: Markets, Firms and Policies
- Perspectives, Methods and Skills for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies
- Summer teaching
- Dissertation (Science and Technology Policy)
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.
- Home students: £12,750 per year for full-time students
- Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £12,750 per year for full-time students
- International students: £22,500 per year for full-time students
Scientific advice and evidence to inform public policies is in high demand. From climate change to cyber-security, poverty to pandemics, food technologies to fracking – controversies continue to erupt at the boundaries between science, politics and society. Across many countries, methods for scientific advice are being actively debated. We see a growing willingness to acknowledge uncertainties and experiment with new governance processes.
As an aspiring professional, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills on this course to analyse and guide policy, as well as to manage scientific change and technological innovation. Career paths could include public-, private- and charitable-sector organisations working to tackle society’s most important economic, social and environmental challenges. The Science and Technology Policy (with a professional placement year) MSc will also open up opportunities in a wide range of businesses and NGOs all over the world. And it’s an ideal grounding for PhD-level study and a career in academia.
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University of Sussex Business School
At the University of Sussex Business School, we seek to address some of the key challenges facing the modern world, from climate change to the evolving world of work. The current range and quality of our expertise places us at...
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