Taught degree

Science and Public Policy MPA

Science and engineering are at the heart of our modern world, rewriting the foundations of our societies on every scale. We need effective mobilisation of technical expertise to better inform and support public decision making. This programme provides future leaders with the intellectual tools and professional skills to make this happen.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£23,690 (FT)
£23,690 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline, a 3.5 GPA, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students are encouraged, but are not required, to have three or more years’ work experience in a relevant field prior to enrolling on this programme.

English language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

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

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Degree Information

Through courses and projects guided by world-leading practitioners and academics, students will learn to synthesise expertise and evidence from across science and engineering, and present that knowledge in support of effective policy making. through understanding scientific and policy landscapes and the nature of societal governance, you will develop the skills necessary to lead, policy-change within your organisation and society.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two elective modules (30 credits) and a team project (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Analytical Methods for Policy
  • Integrated Analysis of Socio-Technical Systems
  • Evidence institutions and Power
  • Organisations and their External Environment
  • Adaptive Governance
  • Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


  • 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

Innovative classroom teaching methods allow the programme to be delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, scenario-based teaching, online materials, workshops and group project work. Assessment is through written assignments, presentations, collective and individual projects and multimedia reports.


STEaPP offers a range of scholarships which may award reduced fees to applicants.

For more information visit our website.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships 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 is a world-leading university at the heart of a global capital. We are renowned for our applied and interdisciplinary research and teaching, our internationally diverse staff and student population and our longstanding ethos of public service.

Direct engagement with global policy and technical communities is the foundation of STEaPP.

Students will have access to some of the world's best academics and practitioners across public policy science, technology and engineering, and be supported and encouraged to build your own network with the global NGOs, corporate and governmental communities based in, or routinely visiting, London.

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?

STEaPP is recruiting candidates with academic backgrounds in policy, social or natural sciences and engineering, or professional experience in government, NGOs or the industry. The MPA is for individuals who want to develop skills and knowledge to mobilise policy, science and engineering knowledge to address the global challenges they care about.

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 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 that your experience and aspirations match what this programme delivers.


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