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UCL STEaPP is currently recruitingfor 2016 entry to our Master's in Public Administration (MPA) programme. This programme will help you develop the skills you need to mobilise policy, science and engineering knowledge to address the societal challenges you care about.

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If you want to use your expertise, or that of others, in science, technology and engineering to make better public policy and tackle major global challenges, then the new professional Masters in Public Administration (MPA) in Science, Engineering, Technology and Public Policy is for you.

Applicants will need to complete an online application and provide a supporting statement. When assessing your application, and particularly your personal statement, the MPA Admissions Panel are particularly looking to understand; 

  • Why you want to study Science, Engineering, Technology and Public Policy at graduate level?
  • What particularly attracts you to the programme at UCL
  • How your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • Where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how the MPA fits with your career goals

Once we’ve received your application in full, you will usually hear a decision from us within four to six weeks.

  • Usually a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelors degree from a UK University, or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard. International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country from our page on the online prospectus.
  • The English language level for the programme is 'Good' (IELTS 7.0, or recognised equivalent). If your education has not been conducted in the English language, applicants will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of proficiency in English.
  • Applicants are encouraged to have work experience, although this is not a requirement.

Applications for entry in 2016-17 can be accepted from October 2015, and subject to availability of space, applications may be considered up until 29 July 2016.

To apply, please visit the MPA Science, Engineering and Public Policy entry in the UCL Graduate Prospectus, a click the ‘apply now’ button at the bottom of the page.

Details regarding fees can be found in the UCL online graduate prospectus

Fees for the course for 2016-17 are as follows:


£19,940 (FT)


£24,400 (FT)

We encourage applicants to investigate sources of sponsorship, bursaries and grants to support their studies. A number of our students are sponsored by their current employers (for example, government agencies). A list of some scholarships offered by external organisations can be found on the UCL Scholarships pages.

Graduates with degrees in science, technology and policy typically work in government agencies, corporate regulatory affairs departments or within advocacy groups doing legislative, regulatory or policy analysis. The career path for this type of profession begins at research or policy assistant, moves through policy or research analyst, then to technical consultant or project director or other senior professional staff. Ambitious candidates can work toward top level positions such as assistant secretary or executive director. 

Depending on individual experience, common areas of work for graduates with a science, technology and policy MPA include:

  • Environmental Protection such as air and water quality, urban sustainability, climate stability, natural resources.
  • Energy such as generation, transmission, and distribution
  • Security and Defense such as manned and unmanned vehicles, cyber security, missile and naval navigation systems
  • International Development such as agriculture, energy, sanitation, and transport
  • Science Diplomacy, Advice, and Infrastructure such as science foundations, associations and consultancies
  • Space and Aerial Technology such as satellites, spectrum allocation, drones, and aviation
  • Communications such as mobile, terrestrial, satellite and relevant digital infrastructure
  • Large scale infrastructure such as bridges, tunnels, airports, motorways, hi-speed trains, energy plants/farms
  • Manufacturing such as robotics, additive manufacturing, and advanced materials

Your future is important to us. Our reputation relies, in part, on the quality and success of our alumni. At UCL we know that students choose to enter graduate study for a myriad of different reasons, and we are deeply committed to supporting our students’ aspirations and enhancing their skills and employability.

  • UCL was ranked 4th in the UK by The Guardian (2013) for career prospects and 6th overall.
  • The average starting salary for UCL graduates in the UK and EU was £27,975 in 2011-12, a full 30% higher than the national average (£21,443). (HESA 2013)
  • UCL is one of the top five universities in the UK for graduate employability, and one of the top 20 worldwide. New York Times 2012

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