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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.

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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

Masters in Public Administration


Bursaries available for 2016

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.

Our MPA offers you the opportunity to follow either a broad and comprehensive curriculum, or to focus your studies on one of our concentration areas:

climate Energy Cities
Development Innovation Course outline and module list

Whether or not you choose a concentration, you’ll be delving into key areas of science, engineering and public policy, including:

  • How to mobilise science, technology and engineering through policy 
  • Understanding options for regulating fast changing technology
  • Using diplomacy to navigate stakeholder concerns
  • Communicating with and engaging your audiences
  • Educating the next generation of policy professionals
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The course offers:

  • Practical, experiential learning
  • Global, specialist lecturing staff with real world experience 
  • Teaching with real case studies and client-driven group projects
  • A diverse, global cohort of students with a range of expertise
  • Intensive, one-year degree, savings over two-year programmes
  • London –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

What you will gain as:

Scientists or Engineers

You 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

You 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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Graduates with degrees in science, engineering 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, soil health, or the arctic.
  • Energy such as generation, transmission, and distribution
  • Security and Defense such as autonomous 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
  • Aerospace and manufacturing: such as satellites, spectrum allocation, drones, aviation, robotics, additive manufacturing, and advanced materials, green industrialization,
  • 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

They include:

  • International agencies such as the World bank, United Nations and other global organizations
  • Multilateral Development Banks such as the African Development Bank
  • Government Offices of innovation and development  Environment agencies
  • Transportation agencies
  • Planning agencies
  • Corporate and institutional sustainability offices
  • City sustainability offices
  • Network organizations (C40 etc.)
  • Public water and energy utilities 

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