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.
Modules are assessed by a combination of analysis assignments, project presentations, extended essays, and a dissertation.
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 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.
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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.
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.