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  • FT / Full-time
  • PT / Part-time (over two years)
  • FX / Flexible mode of study available (up to five years)
  • DL / Distance-learning mode available

Science and Technology Studies

UCL Science & Technology Studies is the only interdisciplinary department in London covering history, philosophy and social studies of science, science communication and public engagement with science. The department has grown rapidly over the last few years and has continued to develop a vibrant and varied community of researchers. Students are able to take advantage of networking opportunities with prominent London museums and institutions, as well as the proximity of facilities such as the British Library. Many recent PhD graduates have continued to successful academic careers, with others moving on to careers in project management within the EU and NHS. Research standards are extremely high with 40% of history and 45% of philosophy research assessed as ‘world leading’ in the 2008 RAE.

Taught and research programmes

Degree programme Qualifications Modes
Science and Technology Studies MPhil/PhD FT3, PT5
History and Philosophy of Science MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert FT, PT
Science, Technology and Society MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert FT, PT

Student/staff ratios

  • 16 staff
  • 25 taught students
  • 22 research students


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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

Student View

"UCL is global community: in my department students come from all over the world. The friends I have made at UCL have enriched my life and will stay with me even when I leave here. I have a strong sense of belonging and also of possession: UCL is my university."

Shana Vijayan

Degree: PhD