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:

Cain 2011 No Ordinary Space
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MSc: Join us on Open Day

Open Day 14 January 2015

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BSc: Seen our campaign? 

Open Day 03 December 2014

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STS BSc admissions tutor discusses applications

Listen to interviews with former students about careers with STS degrees.

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UCAS admissions

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UCAS Applications for entry in 2015

We are currently accepting applications, via UCAS, for entry in Sept 2015

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

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

MSc

The 2014-15 session is underway, but you can apply for the 2015-16 session now. Vitality and fresh perspectives.

Two degrees

History and Philosophy 
of Science 
MSc
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 
MSc
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 
(MSc) 
full-time
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 
(MSc) 
part-time
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 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." 

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

Term 1

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)

Term 2

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)

OneBook

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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".

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.

Page last modified on 18 nov 14 07:50 by Joe Cain


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