Science, technology and innovation are central to contemporary society, solving and creating challenges in equal measure. This interdisciplinary programme examines the social, political and cultural dimensions of science, technology and innovation.
This programme offers a comprehensive introduction to the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies, and is intended for students wishing to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of science, technology and innovation in society.
We host one of the leading international centres of interdisciplinary research and teaching in science, technology and innovation studies, which means you’ll be studying as part of a vibrant community of scholars.
You’ll be able to call on the expertise of our highly regarded academic staff, particularly in the areas of:
sociology and social history of science and technology
sociology and economics of the life sciences and medicine
social shaping of technology
science and technology for international development
management of technology and innovation
politics of public engagement with science and technology
This programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, group work and guided independent study.
You will complete four compulsory courses and three or four option courses and then work on an independently researched dissertation.
You can also pursue a dissertation through a work-based placement.
Graduates will be expected to:
possess a theoretical grounding in the interdisciplinary field of science, technology and innovation studies
display the ability to critically employ theories and concepts from science, technology and innovation studies for the analysis of a range of empirical examples
understand the methodological and epistemological underpinnings of a range of social science approaches for understanding science, technology and innovation
have a critical awareness of current issues in the area of science, technology and innovation studies along with an understanding of how this area intersects with other disciplinary domains
be able to communicate their acquired methodological and analytical insights to academic and non-academic audiences alike
be capable of translating academic findings from science, technology and innovation studies into practical suggestions for public and policy contexts.
This programme is ideally suited to students looking to enter a career in academia, science communication, policy and government, social research and analysis, and non-governmental organisations.
You will also develop a range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.