UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies is an interdisciplinary centre for the integrated study of science's history, philosophy, sociology, communication and policy, located in the heart of London. Founded in 1921. Award winning for teaching and research, plus for our public engagement programme. Rated as outstanding by students at every level.

At UCL, the academic mission is paramount. Our ambition is to achieve the highest standards in our teaching and research.

Join us for BSc, MSc, and PhD study.

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UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies

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STS OneBook

For those arriving to study in September 2016, this year's STS OneBook selection:

  • Ball, Philip. 2015. Invisible: The History of the Unseen from Plato to Particle Physics (London: Vintage). ISBN 978-0099590439. Order Amazon UK paperback

Our OneBook selection for 2016-17 is "[A] fantastic feast of ideas and information on the subject… In this enthralling book, Philip Ball’s elegant and intelligent mastery…is very evident indeed." (Evening Standard)

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What is "STS OneBook"?

The goals of our 'OneBook' programme are:

1. increase intellectual integration across disparate courses
2. increase common ground for students in different year groups
3. encourage informal learning

Each year, the Department asks all staff and students to read one book in common during the summer, then arrive for the new session ready to discuss both its substance and its broader value. Incoming students should read this prescribed book. It will be the subject of activities during induction week and will be used in Year1 courses.

We're in our tenth year

Past books in the series include:

  • Henry Nicholls' The Galapagos: A Natural History
  • Peter Dear's The Intelligibility of Nature: How Science Makes Sense of the World
  • Ron Number's Galileo Goes to Jail, and other myths about science and religion
  • Mark Henderson's Geek Manifesto
  • Jon Turney's The Rough Guide to The Future
  • Bill Bryson's Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society: 350 Years of the Royal Society and Scientific Endeavour
  • Ben Goldacre's Bad Science
  • Thomas Dixon's Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction
  • Jenny Uglow's The Lunar Men
  • Jared Diamond's Collapse

High praise

STS OneBook was praised highly by UCL's quality review team in their 2012 regular audit of the department. It was described as innovative and key to creating a shared learning enviroment.

UCAS admissions

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Escape into something new

STS has been experiencing a significant increase in admission enquiries. Keep them coming. Our fingers are cross for all those given an offer and awaiting exam results. Best of luck.

We currently are accepting applications, via UCAS, for entry in September 2017:

  • BSc History and Philosophy of Science. UCAS Code: V550
  • BSc Science and Society. UCAS Code: L391

The best thing to do now is to contact the STS Admissions team to discuss your options at <sts@ucl.ac.uk>.

On our degrees, students investigate what scientists do, their role in our society, history and culture, and the policies and debates shaping our modern scientific and technological world. 

Our graduates go into a wide variety of careers including: broadcasting, local government, law, education, environmental protection, science policy research, museums and science centres, as well as academic research and teaching.

Find out more via the links below

MSc admissions

STSUCL Stay one step ahead with our MSc taught programmes

Want to start in September 2016? Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications. 

Want to start in September 2017? We have begun considering applications.

Vitality and fresh perspectives. Study with us full-time or part-time.

Two degrees

History and Philosophy 
of Science 
Develop breadth and depth with our experts in history of science, philosophy of science, and "integrated HPS," an interdisciplinary speciality we helped create. (more)
Science, Technology, 
and Society 
Study contemporary science and technology using a variety of disciplines: science policy and governance, science communication and engagement, and sociology of science. This is done against historical and philosophical backdrops. (more)

Full-time and Part-time options

Masters degree 
This is a 1-year, full-time programme involving a core introductory module, 5 specialist options, 2 electives from any UCL programme, and a dissertation.
Masters degree 
Same as the full-time degree, but pursued over 2 calendar years.
Postgraduate Diploma 
(PG Dip)
This involves completing 6 modules over one year. No dissertation. Ideal for external qualifications, such as for secondary school teachers. No part-time option.
Postgraduate Certificate
(PG Cert or PGC)
This involves completing 3 modules over the year. Ideal for skills training, refreshment, and continuing professional development (CPD). No part-time option.

Find STS modules

Our catalogue of modules for 2016-17 session will be available in August 2016. 

For reference, our catalogues for last year remain online: 

  • 2015-16 HPSC module catalogue for undergraduate students (download)
  • 2015-16 HPSC module catalogue for postgraduate students (download)

We use the prefix "HPSC" for all modules in Science and Technology Studies.

For more information, you have three routes. Start with: 

  • syllabus for every module (link)
  • timetables (link)
  • directory of tutors (link)

STS Head of Department, Professor Joe Cain, sums up the catalogue with a smile, "This is an exciting list. We've plenty of long-time favourites. Plus, we have many new modules, some offered by staff new to the department. There's something here for everyone."

Page last modified on 27 jun 16 11:25 by Joe Cain

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