Science and Technology Studies MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • History of science: history of physics, of biology, of chemistry and of astronomy
  • Philosophy of science: philosophy of physics, of chemistry and of medicine
  • Science and the media: science communication and scientists’ use of the media; public understanding of science; science and journalism
  • Sociology of science and science policy: policies for biotechnology and genetics; 20th-century evolutionary studies; ethics and integrity in scientific research.

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Entry requirements

A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English level expected: Good


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  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,250


UK/EU research students in the area of either history of science or philosophy of science are eligible for AHRC studentships. The department has 1+3 and +3 recognition status from the ESRC for UK/EU studentships in the area of science and technology studies.

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


Recent graduate students have gone on to pursue academic careers at the postdoctoral level and teaching fellow level in various universities, including the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Westminster, and UCL.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • UCL, Teaching Fellow in History and Philosophy of Science, 2011
  • UCL, Lecturer in Political and Social Sciences, 2010
  • Open University, Lecturer, 2010
  • University of Westminster, Lecturer, 2009
  • UCL, Teaching Fellow, 2009


Science and Technology Studies PhD students graduate with a full spectrum of academic skills, including teaching experience as well as advanced research techniques. As well as providing a firm base for a career path in academia graduates are well equipped for roles as researchers in industry, journalism or for careers in science communication. Recent graduates have gone on to a range of lecturing and research roles at Universities including UCL, Westminster and the Open University. Others have taken up project management roles in the NHS and the European Union, and research roles at Demos and in industry.


Science and Technology Studies has strong links with London's museums and institutions. Staff and previous students have worked with museums such as the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and National Maritime Museum, and UCL's own Grant and Petrie Museums, as wll as key institutions such as the Royal Institute and the Wellcome Trust. Links have included joint events, teaching contributions and research projects.

Next steps


Mr Alasdair Tatam

T: +44 (0)20 7679 0170


Science & Technology Studies

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Student View

"Science and Technology Studies (STS) is a meeting point of different disciplines influencing our daily life and UCL’s multi-disciplinary approach to the STS allowed me to have a greater perspective."

Erman Sozudorgru

Degree: Science, Technology, Medicine and Society MSc

Student View

"It has been eye-opening and inspiring as we've learnt to pick apart assumptions about how science is done; being able to tackle scientific debates with a sociological and philosophical mind is fascinating."

Raquel Velho

Degree: Science, Technology, Medicine and Society MSc