MSc Science and Technology Policy


Program Description

Key information

  • Duration: 1-year full time, 2 years part-time
  • Start date: September 2021
  • Apply by: 1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Gain a solid foundation in the language, logic, and tools of policy formulation and analysis. You'll investigate specific science and technology issues arising from public policy, industrial innovation, and strategy, and learn to recommend policy solutions. The relationship between evidence and policy is multifaceted. This MSc offers frameworks to understand its complex dynamics and to contribute effectively to policy development.

These skills, together with the high-level connections and global networks enjoyed by SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, will equip you for careers in a range of public-, private- and charitable-sector organizations working to tackle society’s most important economic, social and environmental challenges.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at

How will I study?

You’ll study through a combination of core modules and options.

Modules are assessed in a variety of ways such as analysis assignments, project presentations, and extended essays. You also work on a supervised 20,000-word dissertation.

Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Challenge

Develop novel science, technology, and innovation policy ideas. Compete for a prize for the idea with the most transformative potential. Our Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Challenge helps you develop skills in:

  • presenting
  • communication
  • critical thinking.

You can work on your own or in a small team. At the end of the year, you'll pitch your idea to a panel of industry experts and a live audience.

The Challenge is optional. It's designed to enrich your academic studies and give you the opportunity to apply knowledge gained from the course. It'll also allow you to explore essay and dissertation topics.


These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

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.


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

How much does it cost?


  • UK/EU students: £11,450 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £11,450 per year
  • International students: £20,750 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,609 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2018. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans


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.


Our graduates have gained employment in governments, and a wide range of businesses and NGOs all over the world, often in ministries for:

  • science, technology and innovation policy
  • international development
  • health research and innovation policy
  • industrial, trade and education policy
  • environment and sustainability policy.

Employers of our graduates include a very wide range of diverse organisations and include the following:

  • UK’s Government Office for Science; Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Environment Agency; Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Pfizer, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
  • European Commission
  • European Environment Agency
  • Royal Society of London
  • Council of Canadian Academies
  • Chinese Academy of Engineering
  • South African Department of Science and Technology
  • Colombian Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation.

This course is also an ideal grounding for further study at PhD level and a career in academia.

Graduate destinations

92% of students from Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent University of Sussex Business School graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • project research officer, Government Office for Science
  • consultant, Technopolis
  • catalyst team member, Sussex Innovation Centre.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers of Higher Education 2017 survey)

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

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