Development, Technology and Innovation Policy (MPA)
This unique Master's of Public Administration degree provides professionals working in international development with the practical tools and skills to collaborate on policy that responds to the need for balanced growth, social wellbeing and environmental protection in developing countries.
- Topical focus
From adapting to climate change to enhancing agricultural productivity and providing electricity to the billions without access, developing countries need to harness scientific and technological innovation to transform their economies and improve human wellbeing. However, these countries often have innovation systems that are weak, fragmented and not designed to respond to pressing national and local priorities.
Today's development policy leaders need to be aware of the history behind current innovation pathways across developing country contexts, and be able to apply their creative capabilities in order to build innovation systems that sustain development.
This cutting edge curriculum links expertise at UCL STEaPP with others working in the development and innovation space across UCL. Our MPA teaches you the tools, mental models and skills to creatively tackle these questions and foster vibrant, sustainable, profitable and inclusive economies across the developing world.
The MPA will tackle a series of pressing questions for policy makers, such as:
- How can developing countries achieve their development goals in the face of rapid technological change, increased global interdependencies, and a wide range of wicked problems such as climate change?
- How should developing countries engage in policy experimentation and/or prototyping?
- Should developing countries follow existing models or pioneer new approaches to innovation?
- Who is this MPA suitable for?
The degree is suitable for:
- professionals (or those who would like to work) in development policy who would like to leverage science and tech innovations
- those with a background in science, technology or engineering who would like to collaborate with policy makers working in development
MPA graduates develop the skills and knowledge to work in a range of organisations, including:
- National and local government
- Think tanks and consultancies
- Private sector
- International agencies such as the World Bank, United Nations and other global organisations
- Multilateral development banks such as the African Development Bank
- Government offices of innovation and development
- Environment agencies
- Transportation agencies
- Planning agencies
- Consultancies and think tanks
- Corporate and institutional sustainability offices
- Network organisations (C40 etc.)
- Public water and energy utilities
- Module descriptions and client projects
- Programme leader
Interests: pursuing low carbon pathways for developing in Africa
Background: African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), Centre for Environmental Strategy (University of Surrey)
Interests: The governance and development implications of technologies and innovations in low and middle income countries
Background: Research in technology governance
- Entry requirements
- 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 your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of adequate level of English proficiency. The English language requirement for the UCL STEaPP MPA is: Good (IELTS Overall 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each subtests). More information on other acceptable English language qualifications can be found at UCL Graduate Degrees English language requirements.
- Although not essential, some work or professional experience in a related field would be beneficial. STEaPP recruits candidates with backgrounds or strong interest in policy, social or natural sciences, technology and engineering, or those with professional experience in government, NGOs or industry.
- Fees, funding and how to apply
- Modes of Study
The MPA programme(s) can be completed on a part-time basis. This involves completing 180 credits of study across two academic years (90 credits of study per academic year).
Due to the intensive mode of delivery of the main 60-credit core module for the MPA programme(s), full-time attendance for the first term is required for all students (both full-time and part-time). As such, this module requires full-time commitment for its duration from the beginning of October to the middle of December.
After the first term is complete, part-time students reduce their commitment to around 3-6hrs per week of contact during each term for the remainder of the programme.
Further information about the MPA in Development, Technology and Innovation Policy is available on the STEaPP website.
For additional information about the part-time MPA programme(s), please contact STEaPP Admissions (email firstname.lastname@example.org).