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 "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

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Course Director

Professor Yacob Mulugetta

Professor of Energy and
Development Policy 

Course Coordinator

Dr Ann Thorpe

For more information about MPA Programme, please contact Dr Ann Thorpe here.


MPA in Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

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Educating the next generation of policy professionals

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.

The course offers:

  • Practical, experiential learning
  • Global, specialist lecturing staff with real world experience who bring together the social sciences, natural sciences, engineering and public policy and make the subjects accessible, no matter your  background
  • Teaching with real life case studies and client-driven group projects
  • A diverse, global cohort of students with a range of expertise
  • Intensive, one-year degree, more economical than two-year programmes
  • London – studies set in one of the world’s most exciting cities! Build your professional network using your proximity to national government departments, world-leading companies, and global advocacy groups
  • "The MPA is a unique, friendly hub which introduces us to the global challenges facing today's policy decision-makers. We're able to explore the boundaries of knowledge and to share ideas about a better future based on imagining and rethinking more sustainable development." Mirko Salfate, MPA Student 2014 - 15, UCL STEaPP.

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. 

Register your interest to receive your invitation to our virtual open days where you'll be able to meet faculty and ask questions online. Current virtual open days are scheduled for 28 October and 19 November 2015.

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

How to Apply

  • 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.

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.

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

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