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Global issues at STEaPP

“The course focuses on issue-based scenarios that are relevant to today’s world, and the inclusion of a real-world project means our students can make an actual impact on policy.”

Professor Yacob Mulugetta, Course Director at UCL STEaPP

Course Outline

The MPA is an intensive and highly interactive one-year full-time programme. It embraces an interdisciplinary approach to integrating science and technology into effective public policy. The MPA comprises seven core modules and two elective modules, and a group project.

MPA STEaPP timetable


Students will attend with a one-week induction to the programme to familiarise themselves to the programme, get to know their new colleagues, and the faculty members. They will also be provided with a tour of UCL and the range of facilities. Study and fun visits to some landmarks in London will be arranged so students get to know their new environment and the opportunities it provides.


The programme combines innovative classroom teaching methods with unique scenario-based learning, enabling students to dynamically engage with real-world policy challenges. These scenarios are designed to help students consolidate their knowledge, develop essential practical skills and test their understanding of principles.

During the course work, students acquire a comprehensive range of relevant professional skills. These include writing and presenting policy briefs and analyses, producing press releases, giving televised interviews and handling press conferences.

Group Project

We strongly believe that public policy making requires the input from multiple disciplines and talents. The Group project is a real-world policy challenge with an external partner. Students will be part of an interdisciplinary group required to research, gather evidence, create a project plan and specify a practical solution. This creates the conditions for ‘learning by doing’ as students experiment and try out new, innovative ways of working that bring together policy, social and technical expertise.

Elective Modules

Students will have the opportunity to shape their specific directions by enrolling in two elective modules. Some of these are available within STEaPP, but students will have the opportunity to select modules to enroll into from other world-class UCL departments.

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