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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.
Staff books include:
MSc: Join us on Open Day
Open Day 14 January 2015
BSc: Seen our campaign?
Open Day 03 December 2014Tweets by @stsucl
STS BSc admissions tutor discusses applications
Listen to interviews with former students about careers with STS degrees.
UCAS Applications for entry in 2015
We are currently accepting applications, via UCAS, for entry in Sept 2015
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 have gone on to 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
The 2014-15 session is underway, but you can apply for the 2015-16 session now. Vitality and fresh perspectives.
History and Philosophy
|Develop breadth and depth with our experts in history of science, philosophy of science, and "integrated HPS," an interdisciplinary speciality we helped create. (more)|
|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
|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.|
|Same as the full-time degree, but pursued over 2 calendar years.|
|This involves completing 6 modules over one year. No dissertation. Ideal for external qualifications, such as for secondary school teachers. No part-time option.|
(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 is now available:
- 2014-15 HPSC module catalogue (download)
We use the prefix "HPSC" for all modules in Science and Technology Studies.
For more information, you have three routes. Start with:
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."
Last year, STS took a close look at our curriculum to ensure our modules we're forward-looking, research-led, and careers-focused. Keep an look out for our new modules.
From our undergraduate catalogue
HPSC1001 History of Science: Antiquity to Enlightenment
HPSC1003 Philosophy of Science 1
HPSC1007 Investigating Science and Society
HPSC1010 Revealing Science
HPSC2001 Policy Issues in the Life Sciences
HPSC2002 Science and the Media
HPSC2003 Philosophy of Science 2
HPSC2012 Science and Religion
HPSC2028 Thinking about Technology (** - new)
HPSC3020 Philosophy of Natural Sciences
HPSC3028 Philosophy of Medicine
HPSC3029 History of Medicine
HPSC3032 Investigating Contemporary Science
HPSC3036 Governing Emerging Technologies
HPSC3046 Science and Film Production (** - new)
HPSC3050 Science in Nineteenth-Century London (** - new)
HPSC1004 Science Policy
HPSC1008 Science Communication and Public Engagement
HPSC1011 History of Modern Science
HPSC1012 Investigating History and Philosophy of Science
HPSC2006 Science and Ethics
HPSC2023 Sociology of Science and Technology
HPSC2026 Science and Empire (** - new)
HPSC3003 Communication of Scientific Ideas
HPSC3015 History of Astronomy and Cosmology
HPSC3033 Science Communication in Digital Environments
HPSC3034 Science, Art and Philosophy
HPSC3040 Science, Politics and the State in Russia and the Soviet Union
HPSC3041 Disease in History
HPSC3045 Philosophy of Information (** - new)
HPSC3049 Sleep and Dreaming (** - new)
HPSC3053 Globalization in Theory and Practice (** - new)
STS OneBook for 2014-15
For those arriving to study in September 2014, this year's STS OneBook selection:
- Dear, Peter. 2008. The Intelligibility of Nature: How Science Makes Sense of the World (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).
Order Amazon UK paperback | publisher | many secondhand copies are available, too: www.abebooks.co.uk
Our OneBook selection for 2014 "considers how science as such has evolved and how it has marshalled itself to make sense of the world".
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 eighth year
Past books in the series include:
- 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
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.
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