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
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- 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.
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
This award is based on financial need.
Based on academic merit.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
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.
Dr Brendan Clarke
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"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."
"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."
Degree: Science, Technology, Medicine and Society MSc