Science, Technology and Society MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate

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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 July 2014

More details in Application section.

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.

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:


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

For more advice please visit the STS MSc website

Scholarships available for this department

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

Aristotle Scholarship

Based on academic merit.

Wellcome Trust Scholarship

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

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.

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 July 2014.

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.


The programme offers a range of transferable skills and networking opportunities. No matter whether your career plan looks towards the public or private sector, we can help you build a portfolio of skills and contacts that will give your CV the edge.

  • Highlights of the programme include
  • the chance to develop practical media skills, including audio production
  • learn to write for different audiences
  • developing your skills in both practical and theoretical science communication, including working in major London museum
  • to meet and network with policy makers.

Next steps


Dr Brendan Clarke

T: +44 (0)20 7679 1328


Science & Technology Studies

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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

"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