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

Tuition fees

  • 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.

Application date

  • 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).

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy
  • Analytic Methods for Policy Analysis I
  • Either Natural Science and Engineering Methods and Evidence (for Policy and Social Science stream only)
  • Or Public Policy, Governance and Decision-Making (for Natural Science and Engineering stream only
  • Knowledge Systems for Global Policy Challenges
  • Public Leadership and Policy Entrepreneurship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy
  • Analytic Methods for Policy Analysis II


  • Students choose two modules either from a range of options offered by the department or from a list of approved elective modules offered by other departments across UCL.

Team project

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.

For more information about these scholarships please email us at or visit our website

Scholarships available for this department

STEaPP Merit Scholarship

STEaPP Needs-Based Scholarship

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

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.

International equivalencies

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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


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.

Next steps


Mr Joe Fitzsimons

T: +44 (0)20 7679 5768


Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

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