Science and Public Policy MPA
Public policy challenges on both a local and a global scale increasingly hinge on issues that require significant technological and engineering knowledge. This new flagship programme aims to address explicitly policy challenges around the world by encouraging better connections and a stronger collaborative relationship between science and engineering and public policy and decision-making.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £23,000
- UK/EU Part-time: £TBC
- Overseas Full-time: £23,000
- Overseas Part-time: £TBC
Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
The programme will introduce students to a diversity of local, national and global societal challenges for which science, technology, and engineering are pivotal; present a multi-disciplinary set of frameworks and tools to analyse interventions to address these challenges; and provide experiential learning opportunities with real-world ‘policy clients’.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL’s global research and teaching excellence in science, technology and engineering – as well as in law, public policy, and science and technology studies – makes it ideally placed to deliver this programme.
This MPA is globally unique as it aims to combine foundations common to public policy programmes with expertise common to social studies of science and technology-focused Master’s programmes.
Through the team project for a policy client and other opportunities afforded by being in London – a global capital – you will build your networks across policy, social science, technical science and engineering worlds. Fellow students will be from a range of different countries and backgrounds and the open culture at UCL means you have the chance to extend your networks in multiple ways.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), one optional modules (15 credits), one elective module (15 credits) and a team project (60 credits).
All students undertake a team project for a real-world policy client.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, online materials, workshops and group project work. Assessment is through written assignments, presentations, collective and individual projects and reports.
Further details available on subject website:
A range of merit and needs-based scholarships are available to our inaugural class of MPA students. Scholarships will be awarded from the first round of admissions, so students are advised to apply early. These two scholarships will be considered separately and some students may qualify for both.
Scholarships available for this department
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline, or a 3.5 GPA, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students are encouraged (but are not required) to have several years’ work experience prior to enrolling on this programme.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
This programme is suitable for graduates looking to move into international development as well as leaders in developing countries.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Science and Public Policy at graduate level
- why you want to study Science and Public Policy at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Graduates of this programme are likely to have multiple employment opportunities spanning the public, private and third sectors, and with international development and aid organisations.
The programme offers the opportunity to work directly with a real-world ‘policy client’ (through the major project) to develop not only skills relevant to, but also direct experience with, future employers.
Mr Joe Fitzsimons
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