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UCL STEaPP is recruiting the inaugural classes for two new Master's in Public Administration (MPA) programmes. These programmes 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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Whether you have an academic background in policy, social science, natural sciences or engineering, or you are a skilled professional with industry, governmental, academic or non-governmental experience, UCL STEaPP is looking for individuals who want to develop the skills and knowledge that they will need to mobilise policy, science and engineering knowledge and address the societal and global challenges which they care about.

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

To apply, please click one of the 'Apply Now' links, which will take you to the UCL Graduate Application pages.

Applicants will need to complete the application, providing details of their education history, including electronic degree transcripts and employment history.

Applicants will also need to prepare a supporting statement detailing their reasons for applying and how it fits into their future career goals. Outline any relevant experience, such as policy outreach or science engagement activities or interests. 

Interviews are likely for all applicants and scholarships.

The next round of admissions and scholarship offers will close on 31 May 2014. Thereafter, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 1 August 2014.

Offers and scholarship awards are now being made for the MPA programme, and we would encourage that applications be made soon to ensure both a place on the programme and a scholarship.  

If you wish to contact us directly, please email us at, or join STEaPP's mailing list.

A range of merit and needs-based scholarships are available for our inaugural class. 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 will qualify for both. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit, at the following three levels:

  •     25% of fees: for applications deemed high quality
  •     50% of fees: for applications deemed excellent
  •     75% of fees: for applications deemed exceptional

Scholarships will also be awarded on the basis of need and the value will be for up to 25%. The emphasis for these scholarships will be on candidates from developing and emerging economies. For more information on scholarships and fees, please email us.

This is an intensive programme targeted at those with an interest in developing a career at the science- or engineering-policy interface, as well as early-career professionals already working in those fields.

Candidates must have 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.

If English is not your first language, you will usually be required to take an IELTS or TOEFL test and achieve a ‘good’ standard.
 The main UCL website provides further details of  language requirements for study. International candidates should also have a ‘good’ English language proficiency level.

Although not essential for admission to the programme, applicants are encouraged (but not required) to have some practical work experience prior to enrolling in this programme. This could be in the form of work placements, or advanced graduate or postgraduate qualifications, ideally with a strong applied component, or through work in governmental, non-governmental or commercial organisations.

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

To apply, please click one of the links below, which will take you to the UCL Graduate Application pages. Applicants will need details of their education history, including electronic degree transcripts and employment history.

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