Engineering 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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£23,690 (FT)
£23,690 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015

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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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’.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), one optional module (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.


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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Engineering and Public Policy MPA


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 relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

STEaPP Merit Scholarship

Fee discount (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

STEaPP Needs-Based Scholarship

Fee discount(1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


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.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 26 staff › taught students › research students

Department: Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

Application and next steps


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.

Who can apply?

This programme is suitable for graduates looking to move into international development as well as leaders in developing countries.

Application deadlines

All applicants

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Engineering and Public Policy at graduate level
  • why you want to study Engineering 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.


  • Register interest in your chosen subjects
  • Receive notice of graduate open days, events and more
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