Science and Technology Studies


The Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary centre for the integrated study of science's history, philosophy, sociology, communication, and policy. Founded in 1921, this department was the first UK academic department in the subject.

Though the department maintains research programmes over a wide range of subjects in science (broadly construed to include medicine, mathematics, and technology), all staff have active research programmes concentrating in one of three topical clusters:

  • history of twentieth century science and science policy
  • science, governance and the public
  • integrated history and philosophy of science

RAE ratings confirm the department’s reputation for academic excellence. In the RAE 2008, Science and Technology Studies staff split between the History department and the Philosophy department, which were ranked, respectively, at 40% and 45% the highest grade 4* (‘of world-leading quality’). We offer three undergraduate degrees and two intercollegiate Masters degrees, and we have a sizeable group of students. Undergraduate courses offered in the department also attract a wide variety of students within UCL.

STS has an international reputation for its teaching programme. Our staff includes award winning tutors, and our curriculum regularly receives accolades for innovation. Course evaluations from students consistently praise staff for their academic and pastoral support. In the annual National Student Survey, STS receives top ranks in nearly every category.



The website for the Department of Science and Technology Studies can be accessed here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/

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