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Contact details

Dr Brendan Clarke

Email: sts-msc-admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1328

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

UCL Science & Technology Studies, offer up to four partial bursaries.

For more advice please visit the STS MSc website

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

STS: 65% History, 75% Philosophy rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Science, Technology and Society MSc

Study the many contexts of contemporary science and technology. Gain a broad base in science policy, communication, sociology and engagement. Enjoy flexibility in specialisation. Work in an interdisciplinary way with research experts.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme provides broad-based training in three disciplines: science policy and governance; science communication, engagement, and evaluation; and sociology of modern science and technology. This programme encourages specialised investigation. It also encourages interdisciplinary integration. Our degree works in dialogue with our sister MSc programme in History and Philosophy of Science, which adds historical and analytical depth to our offer.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

There is no UK academic department quite like UCL Science & Technology Studies. The department combines award-winning teaching with award-winning public engagement.

We are research active over an enormous range of topics. Our teaching builds on research not only in our subject specialties but also in the fundamentals of teaching and learning.

Our programme makes unique use of London’s attractions and resources. We have close links with the Science Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Wellcome Library, and UCL Museums & Collections. We also use the city as a classroom, with custom-made walking tours, site visits, and special excursions.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (20 credits) three optional modules (60 credits), two ancillary modules (40 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

Core Module

  • Introduction to Science and Technology Studies


  • Students must take three modules from a prescribed list of options including:
  • Practical Science Communication and Engagement
  • Curating the History of Science
  • Responsible Science and Emerging Technologies
  • Science in the 20th Century and Beyond
  • Science Policy Beyond Borders
  • Science, Media, and Culture
  • Science, Security, and Social Research
  • Sociology and the Sociology of Science
  • Special Topics Seminar in STS
  • Ancillary Modules
  • Students must take two ancillary modules which may be options from our own degrees:
  • for example, Material Culture and Science in the 18th Century or Knowledge, Evidence,
  • and Explanation in Science, or they might be selected from any other programme
  • at UCL.


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and research supervision. Students will undertake three modules in each of the first two terms. Each module normally requires attendance at one two-hour seminar per week during terms one and two. Student performance is assessed through coursework such as long and short essays, advocacy work, and project work.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with first degrees in a variety of subjects including natural sciences, social sciences, history, philosophy, other humanities, engineering and medicine. It can serve as a foundation for PhD research, or as preparation for a career in teaching, mass media, science and technology, policy, museums or scientific societies.


Our programme provides essential training and study for students wishing to pursue PhD-level study in several fields, and also provides appropriate training and qualifications sought by individuals pursuing careers in areas such as education, museum and archival curatorship, or administration and policy-making in science, engineering and health care.

Some of the careers our graduates have followed include:

  • Doctoral Studies: Birkbeck College, Cambridge, Durham, Imperial College, Kent, King's College, Leeds, Queen Mary, Sussex, UCL; Princeton, Berkeley, Seoul National University
  • Postdoctoral Research: Lancaster, UCL
  • Lecturer, Assistant Professor and tenure-track academic posts
  • Museum curatorial posts at the National Maritime Museum and the Science Museum
  • Political activism
  • Civil service
  • English Heritage
  • Royal Society Public Programmes Officer
  • Playwright and Director with broadcasts on BBC

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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