"As the influence of science and engineering on our global societies continues to accelerate, it’s more crucial than ever that public decision-makers have access to knowledge and expertise from these fields. This MPA programme will equip graduates with the skills to make a real impact in today’s world."

Dr Jason Blackstock, Head of Department at UCL STEaPP


The STEaPP Master's Programmes

MPA Programmes


As public policy issues become more complex, the world needs well-trained professionals who can meaningfully integrate science and engineering into policy processes and decision-making at all levels.

Today’s public policy analysts need to be able to:

  • Break down highly complex problems and design solutions that fit with the governance regime and political institutions they find themselves in
  • Examine the nature and value of scientific and engineering evidence
  • Develop an understanding of the roles and limitations in addressing policy challenges
  • Apply alternative frameworks and approaches that open up opportunities for context-specific solutions

Our flagship UCL STEaPP Masters programme in Public Administration (MPA) equips early-career science, technology, engineering and public policy professionals from diverse backgrounds with the skills they need to influence public decision-making in today’s globally interdependent world. 

Natural Scientists or Engineers will:

  • Develop the skills to leverage scientific and engineering knowledge and expertise within public decision-making processes surrounding the societal challenges they care about
  • Gain a greater awareness of current trends and ideas in public decision making, across all scales and sectors
  • Learn how to work effectively with policymakers, social scientists and industry experts
  • Develop a greater understanding of the knowledge systems underpinning successful policymaking processes

Policy Professionals or Social Scientists will:

  • Develop the skills to mobilise policy, natural science and engineering knowledge and expertise to address the societal challenges they care about
  • Gain a greater awareness of current issues and developments in science, technology and engineering
  • Learn how to communicate with scientists and engineers, policymakers and industry experts
  • Develop a greater awareness of the knowledge systems underpinning successful policymaking processes

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