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MSc in Science and Technology Policy


Course Description

Advances in science and technology continue to transform the way we live, and effective policies are a priority for governments and organisations worldwide.

This course provides a foundation in the language, logic and tools of policy analysis, enabling you to investigate specific science and technology policy challenges, and to evaluate and recommend policy solutions.

You gain a comprehensive introduction to science and technology policy, delivered by the world’s longest-established Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU). These skills – together with SPRU’s high-level connections and global networks – will equip you to tackle tomorrow’s most important social and environmental challenges.

Join generations of graduates who are now policy-makers occupying senior roles in governments, businesses and NGOs worldwide.

[[Assessment ]]

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 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 Science, Technology and Innovations: Markets, Firms and Policies • Policy-Making and Policy Analysis.

Spring term: you take Science, Technology and Innovation for Economic Development • Sustainable Development: Perspectives, Policies and Practices.

You also take two options from Information and Communication Technology: Policy and Strategy • Innovation for Sustainability • Energy and Development • Energy Policy and Sustainability • Governing Energy Transitions • Managing Knowledge • Infrastructure and Innovation • Entrepreneurship • Management of Risk.

In addition, in the spring term, you take: Perspectives, Methods and Skills, and either Introduction to Statistical Research Methods or Multivariate Analysis.

Summer term: you carry out supervised work on a 20,000-word dissertation relevant to your degree.

Fees

Fees for studying on courses available on a part-time basis will be charged at 50 per cent of the full-time fees listed below.

Home UK/EU students: £7,500 per year(1)
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £7,500 per year
Overseas students: £14,800 per year

(1) The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

For more information on fee status, visit Fees - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/fees/pg2016

Visit Living costs - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/livingcosts

Scholarships

The funding sources listed below are for the subject area you are viewing and may not apply to all degrees listed within it. Please check the description of the individual funding source to make sure it is relevant to your chosen degree.

Visit Postgraduate taught scholarships 2016 - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016

Visit Career development and part-time work - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/careersandalumni

Career Paths

Our graduates have gained employment in a wide range of governments, businesses and NGOs all over the world, often in ministries for science and technology, development, industry, trade, education, employment and environment.

Employers include the UK’s Government Office for Science; the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; the Environment Agency; the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; the European Commission; the European Environment Agency; the Royal Society of London; the Council of Canadian Academies; and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

A significant proportion of our graduates have gained employment in private-sector, thirdsector and charitable organisations. Some are also employed in commercial research organisations and consultancies.

This course is also an ideal grounding to further study at PhD level. Many graduates have become teachers and professors in universities and research institutes in countries including the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Japan, Australia, India and China.

Visit the MSc in Science and Technology Policy page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dr Rob Doubleday; Executive Director, University of Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy

3667.jpg 'I can't speak highly enough of the MSc in Science and Technology Policy at SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit. I arrived at the University of Sussex with an undergraduate degree in chemistry and an interest in public policy, and the course was a revelation.

'The commitment and enthusiasm of the lecturers opened up a world of scholarship and practice which I had no idea existed. The year on the MSc was formative and my professional life since has been strongly shaped by the insights I gained, and friends and connections I made at SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit.

'The course offers an outstanding training for a career in science policy.'


(Scholarship)

Chancellor's Masters Scholarship (2015) - 20+ Awards

The University is delighted to offer 100 Masters scholarships to attract the most talented students to study at Sussex. Our awards include enhanced scholarships of £10,000 which are available for 2015 only and standard scholarships of £3,000. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis to UK/EU and non-EU students and confirm Sussex's position as one of the UK's leading universities for postgraduate study. Further details are as follows:[[Type of award]]
Taught full-time Masters[[Award amount]]
Up to £10,000[[Timetable]]
The application deadline is 1st August 2015.Scholarships will be allocated in a number of separate rounds during 2015 (February, April, June and August).The first allocation of awards will take place in February. Scholarships will be awarded in a number of separate rounds, in February, April, June and August, with successful applicants notified after each round. If you are not immediately successful in being awarded a scholarship, but meet the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be re-considered in the following allocation round alongside any new applications. The final allocation will be after the August deadline, with all remaining decisions notified then.[[Further information]]
If you accept a Chancellor's Masters Scholarship you will be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between yourself and the University (e.g. providing text for the prospectus or web page). Schools of study may have specific duties they wish you to assist with.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £10,000

Eligibility

• You must graduate with a first-class honours degree from any UK higher education institution
• You must have paid annual tuition fees of £9,000 or more in each of the last three years of undergraduate study
• You must have applied for your chosen full-time Masters course by 1 August
• You must accept and meet any conditions of your offer.

Application Procedure

To be considered for a scholarship you should apply online for an eligible full-time Masters course between 1 October 2014 and 1 August 2015 via the University's postgraduate application system.

To be considered for the scholarship (standard or enhanced), please complete the Chancellor's Masters Scholarship application form by 1 August. You are only required to submit one application, your eligibility for the standard or enhanced award will be assessed if you are made an offer of a scholarship.

Further Information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2015/view/398


(Scholarship)

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2015) - 20+ Awards

25 scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential. The scholarships are offered for one year.[[Type of award]]
Postgraduate taught[[Award amount]]
50% off International Student tuition fee[[Timetable]]
By 1 May: Deadline for all applications to be received
By 19 June: Notification to first choice and short-listed candidates
After 3 July: Notification to successful short-listed candidates if first choice candidates do not take up the scholarship[[Further information]]
Successful applicants
Students accepting a Chancellor's International Scholarship may be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between the student and the University

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off International Student tuition fee

Eligibility

In order to be considered for a Chancellor's International Scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria:Have applied for and accepted a place to start a Postgraduate taught degree at the University of Sussex (e.g., MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma) excluding certain degrees listed on our website.Be assessed as liable to pay fees at the "overseas" (namely the non-EU) rate.Have sufficient funds to meet your tuition fees and living expenses, after taking account of the possible award of a Chancellor's International Scholarship.

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications to be received is 1st May 23:59:00 BST prior to the academic year commencing in September. Applications received after 1st May cannot be considered.

When completed, you should return the form by email, post or fax to:

Student Funding Team
Student Life Centre
University of Sussex
Chichester 1, Ci003
Falmer
East Sussex
BN1 9QJ
UK
Email:

Fax Number: +441273873344

Further Information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2014/view/267


(Scholarship)

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2015) - 20+ Awards

The University is delighted to announce the launch of an unlimited number of enhanced scholarships of £10,000 for Sussex students admitted to full-time Master's degree courses in September 2015. The scholarships are jointly funded by the government and the University, and confirm Sussex's position as one of the UK's leading universities for postgraduate study.The enhanced scholarships are available for admission in 2015 only and are based on progression from an undergraduate course where students have paid the higher tuition fee, in operation since 2012/13. Additionally, the University has provided funding to make enhanced scholarships available to international students at Sussex.In line with our sector leading Masters scholarship offer in 2014 we will continue to offer an unlimited number of standard scholarships at £3,000 and £2,000 for Sussex students admitted to full-time Master's degree courses in September 2015.[[Type of award]]
Taught full-time Masters[[Award amount]]
£3,000 fee waiver for First class degree, £2,000 fee waiver for 2:1 degreeFurther information
If you accept a Sussex Graduate Scholarship you will be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between yourself and the University (e.g. providing text for the prospectus or web page). Schools of study may have specific duties they wish you to assist with.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £10,000

Eligibility

• You must be a University of Sussex graduate progressing immediately onto an eligible full-time Masters degree in 2015 (see below);
• You must have applied for your chosen full-time Masters degree by 1 August 2015 and have accepted and met the conditions of your offer; and
• You must meet the University's entrance requirementsThe scholarship relates to all full-time taught Masters degree courses at the University of Sussex (e.g. MA, MSc, LLM) excluding the following courses:

Application Procedure

You must apply for admission to an eligible Masters course via the University's PG Apply online application system between 1 October 2014 and 1 August 2015.

If you are made an offer, you will be asked to indicate your interest in the Sussex Graduate Scholarship when you accept your offer online.

Further Information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2015/view/399


(Scholarship)

Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust for Postgraduate Study (2015) - No. of awards TBC

Funds are intended for those in financial hardship requiring tuition and examination fees, travel costs, study materials and accommodation.[[Type of award]]
Postgradute Masters[[Award amount]]
The maximum value is £5,000 maintenance award per annum.[[Timetable]]
Deadline: 1st October 2014

Value of Scholarship(s)

The maximum value is £5,000 maintenance award per annum.

Eligibility

Students who are in financial need, are resident in the UK and have an immediate family member who is / was a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.

Application Procedure

For further information visit the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust website.

The university is not involved in the selection process and any questions about the scholarship should be directed to the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust.

Further Information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2015/view/405


(Scholarship)

Santander Scholarship (2015) - 2 Awards

There are two University of Sussex Santander Postgraduate Scholarships for 2015. These scholarships are available for students starting their postgraduate taught masters degree in any academic school in the University in September 2015. Each scholarship will take the form of a £5,000 tuition fee reduction for one year only.The University of Sussex Santander Postgraduate Scholarships 2015 will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and a short personal statement demonstrating an interest and passion in enterprise and entrepreneurship.Applicants cannot apply for the scholarship before being offered a study place at Sussex.Where awards are made in relation to a fee waiver no fee award will exceed the total fee payable.[[Type of award]]
Postgraduate Taught courses only[[Award amount]]
£5,000 fee waiver for one year only

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000 fee waiver for one year only

Eligibility

In order to be considered for the Santander scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria:Be permanently domiciled in one of the following countries:Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Mexico
Peru
Puerto Rico
Uruguay
USA
VenezuelaTo be eligible you must hold an offer of a study place for entry in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Please fill out the application form.

This can be emailed to:



or posted to:

Student Funding Team
Student Life Centre
Bramber House
University of Sussex
Falmer
East Sussex
BN1 9QU

[[Timetable]]
Sunday 3 May: Close of Applications at 23:59 (BST)

By 14th June: Successful applicants informed

Further Information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2015/view/409



Entry Requirements

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

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