The Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL 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:

Gregory - Plato's Timaeus




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). 

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Our OneBook selection for 2014 "considers how science as such has evolved and how it has marshalled itself to make sense of the world".

Why 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 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

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.


For entry in September 2013. Vitality and fresh perspectives.

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 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, 3 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

The Death of Socrates

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: 

  • 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." 

STS Observatory (Blog)


STS Observatory

Join our discussion board

STS Observatory is our blog - a place to watch and discuss what’s going on in Science and Technology Studies - including science policy, history of science and technology, sociology of science and technology and philosophy of science.

Moderator: Prof Jon Agar

Join the discussion (link)

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