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MPhil in Technology Policy at University of Cambridge

University of CambridgeThe MPhil in Technology Policy provides students with backgrounds in Engineering or Science with the knowledge and skills required to provide competent leadership in the development and deployment of technology. The emphasis of this progamme is on dual competency, offering students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in purely technical areas while teaching them to think beyond such considerations by giving them the tools to manage its implementation in wider socio-economic, regulatory and administrative contexts.

The programme is highly relevant to many areas of emerging technology such as the internet, communications technology and biotechnology, as well as to industries such as defense and aerospace, transport, pharmaceuticals and health. These are all areas in which issues of technology strategy, policy and regulation, as well as industry standard setting and data sharing, will have a substantial impact on the development of the industry and the competitive positioning of companies and countries.

The programme is also relevant to civil engineering, environment and sustainable enterprise, international environmental negotiation, and energy planning and regulation. As barriers to trade continue to fall, large multinational companies become increasingly important, and international agreements are put into place, a country’s competitive positioning will be increasingly affected by indicators such as the overall energy efficiency of its economy, and environmental health and quality of life indices. In this context, there will be an increasing demand from business, industry and government for leaders who are able to combine technical backgrounds with an appreciation of technology policy.


Students on the programme will have well-developed technical skills in engineering, science or other quantitative disciplines, and preferably some work experience. Although the primary purpose of the programme is to provide leaders in technology policy to employers in industry, business and government, it will also serve as a possible coursework component for students who want to progress to a PhD.

Further Information, please contact:

Paula Sparling
MPhil in Technology Policy Course
Judge Institute of Management
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 765877
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 765877
Email: p.sparling@jims.cam.ac.uk
Or visit the programme’s website.

The Technology Policy program is sponsoring a consortium meeting at Peterhouse, the oldest college in Cambridge, on June 28-29, 2004.  The programme will emphasize contributions from postgraduate students in the areas of technology, management and policy.  For more information visit the meeting website.