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FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Who should study for this degree?

Students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds are welcome, including science and engineering, social science and humanities. The programme is also designed for people with work experience in related fields such as science communication, social research and management consultancy.

How is the programme taught?

Students will be taught through a combination of lectures and discussion-based seminars. The programme can be completed full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

What transferable knowledge and competencies does the degree provide?

  • A solid theoretical grounding in the interdisciplinary field of science, technology and innovation studies
  • A critical awareness of current issues in the field and an understanding of how this area intersects with other disciplinary domains
  • The ability to critically employ theories and concepts from the field for the analysis of a range of empirical examples
  • The ability to translate academic findings into practical suggestions for public and policy contexts
  • An understanding of the methodological and epistemological underpinnings of a range of social science approaches for understanding science, technology and innovation
  • The ability to communicate methodological and analytical insights to academic and non-academic audiences alike

What career opportunities are there?

Alumni have found rewarding employment in government and policy-making roles, consultancy, industry and business research and development. Also, many of our students progress into further levels of academia or education.

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