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

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UCAS Applications for entry in 2014

We are currently accepting applications, via UCAS, for entry in Sept 2014

  • BSc History and Philosophy of Science. UCAS Code: V550
  • BSc Science in 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 that shape our modern scientific and technological world. 

Our graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers including broadcasting, 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


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STS OneBook for 2013-14

For those arriving to study in September 2013, this year's STS OneBook selection:

  • Numbers, Ronald (editor). 2009. Galileo Goes to Jail, and other myths about science and religion (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press), 302p. Order Amazon UK: hardcover | paperback | Kindle | many secondhand copies are available, too:

Our OneBook selection for 2013 explores one of the most important fractures of our generation. Are science and religion incompatible? Must they be in conflict? This collection of essays features a series of STS scholars engaging these important questions through some of the most persistent myths in the subject.

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:

  • 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.


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Applications are open for our study abroad programmes for 2013-14.

Affiliate Programme in Global Citizenship

  • STS's global citizenship website (link)
  • Videos of former students discussing programme (link)
  • UCL study abroad guide (link)

UCL offers the chance to spend time in one of the most vibrant capitals in the world, exploring one of the most prominent issues of our time: citizenship in a global context. This undergraduate programme draws on UCL's world class teaching and research in areas from politics, geography, anthropology, philosophy, media studies and history, with a core of science studies. Come for a year or a semester. The course features brand new tailor-made courses, which will enable you to understand citizenship as a significant intellectual concern of our time, and empower you to make real changes for a better world.

Our new and innovative programme in Global Citizenship draws on UCL's strong record of interdisciplinary research and teaching, as well as additional experts and professional institutions.  Brand new courses have been designed to explore cutting edge issues such as global climate change, mobile phones, the internet and globalisation.

Affiliate Programme in Science and Technology Studies

  • STS affiliate programme information (link)
  • UCL study abroad guide (link)

The STS affiliate programme offers a unique array of interdisciplinary subjects concerning science and technology: from history of science to philosophy of science; from science policy to sociology of technology; from science communication to public understanding of science.

Studying in our department - recognised internationally for the excellence of its research and teaching - you will have access to outstanding academic resources. Nearby also are the British Library, the Science Museum, the Royal Society, the Royal Institution, and much more.

We welcome students from both humanities and sciences backgrounds. Affiliate students coming from diverse academic backgrounds can expect to find the truly interdisciplinary nature of our research expertise especially relevant. 


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