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.

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Staff books include:

Gregory - Harvey's Heart

About UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies

This page offers a concise history of the department.



  • 16 core academic staff
  • 8 research or teaching fellows
  • 3 professional services staff

Teaching programmes

  • UGT: 2 BSc degrees, with 2 affiliate programmes, 2 integrated BSc programmes with Medical School, roles in BASC, Natural Sciences, Human Sciences. In 2013-14: 41 modules offered
  • PGT: 2 MSc degrees, with diplomas and certificates. In 2013-14: 18 modules offered
  • PGR: 1 PhD degree, plus Graduate School training programmes

Research areas

  • history and philosophy of science
  • science policy and governance
  • science communication and public engagement

Department history 

In 1921 University College London established the first university department in Britain in the field of history and philosophy of science. The Department has offered graduate degrees since then, and many leading scholars in this field began their careers with degrees from UCL. In 1993 an undergraduate BSc programme was launched, with an expanded staff that also included scholars in science communication and science policy. To reflect the widening interdisciplinary nature of our work, the name of the Department was changed in 1996 to the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS). STS is unique in the UK in combining – in one department - teaching and research in history and philosophy of science with social studies of science (including science policy, public understanding of science and science communication). 

In 1924 the Department launched its first Masters degree. In 1987 postgraduate teaching in our department was merged with similar activities at Imperial College London and the then Wellcome Institute to create the London Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology. At its inception, this was the only such programme in the UK. A decade later, staff were boasting, "we lead the field in feeding outstanding students into PhD programmes and research careers."

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