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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?
Next STS Open Day 04 February 2015Tweets by @stsucl
STS BSc admissions tutor discusses applications
Listen to interviews with former students about careers with STS degrees.
Headline: STS scored higher in all areas compared with RAE2008.
How did STS do in REF2014?
It is true – but terribly cheeky – to claim we are the top-rated department of our kind in the UK. (It’s cheeky because we are the only department of our kind in the UK, as no department covers the range that we do.) A serious review of the REF2014 requires drilling down into the finer points of the results.
STS researchers were assigned to REF units of assessment (UoAs) based on the specialised nature of their publications. We contributed to four of UCL’s units of assessment: History (30), Philosophy (32), Geography (17), and Communication (36). All showed increases in the overall GPA, the key metric. Staff were not scored individually, so we only know STS contributed to the overall strong performance of each unit.
|UOA||subject||overall GPA RAE2008||overall GPA REF2014||4* staff (%)||3* staff (%)||2* staff (%)||1* staff (%)|
STS has impact
STS contributed one REF impact case, Professor Brian Balmer’s influence on policy development in the area of Chemical and Biological Weapons policy development.
We also had four impact cases in development to add to UoA History and one impact case to add to UoA Philosophy. These are not used, but we are proud of their contributions, and we have many things underdevelopment for REF2020.
UCL REF2014 overall results
UCL provides extensive coverage of its REF2014 return (link).
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)
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