UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


Current Undergraduate Students

This page contains information for all students studying BSc level modules at STS.

Degree Requirements

Specific requirements for BSc degrees offered by STS are defined by a set of "local rules". The degree requirements applying to you are the those in effect when you first entered the degree. Your first point of contact for discussing these matters is your personal tutor.

STS Local Rules

STS degrees are customised via a set of "local rules" to the MAPS Faculty and the UCL regulations. These list modules that are required for each degree. The rules active when the student enters their degree are the rules a student is required to complete.

Local rules for students entering in this academic year:

  • 2016-17 entry V550, L391 and intercalated
  • 2015-16 entry V550, L391 and intercalated
  • 2014-15 entry V550, L391 and intercalated
  • 2013-14 entry V550, L391 and intercalated (revised July 2014)
  • 2012-13 entry V550, V551, L391, and intercalated (revised July 2014)
  • 2011-12 entry V550, V551, L391, and intercalated

Where the local rules have been revised the original are available on request from the department.

Your degree is defined by three layers of regulations. 

  1. UCL Academic regulations
  2. MAPS Faculty information for students
  3. set by STS (local rules above)

Feel free to discuss the fine details with your personal tutor.

Programme Specifications

Each programme is developed around a set of specifications, stating aims and objectives.

  • V550 History and Philosophy of Science
  • L391 Science and Society


Important News! 

UCL has implemented college wide penalties for late coursework and over-length coursework. These can be found in Section 4 of the STS Student Handbook. They are also displayed on noticeboards in the department and many tutors have reproduced them in their syllabi.

Extension requests

Extensions. If something happens that prevents you completing an assignment on time you must contact the course tutor by e-mail immediately and submit an Extenuating Circumstances form. This is particularly important in the light of new penalties for late submission.

Extension Request Form

Extenuating circumstances

Where illness or personal issues (e.g. a bereavement) affect your studies over more than one module you can ask to have this taken into account. You should discuss this with your personal tutor in the first instance and you will also need to submit evidence such as doctors' notes.

Regulations for Extenuating Circumstances - Click on Appendix 13-15


STS provides a number of mechanisms for students to give feedback on modules and degree programmes.

Student Evaluation Questionnaires

At the end of each term modules tutors will circulate a short form to fill out telling us what went well and what didn't for all your courses. To ensure anonymity a student is nominated from each class to bring the questionnaires back to the departmental office to be processed. 

Consultation Committee

The STS Undergraduate Student Staff Consultation Committee (USSCC) meets each teaching term. Student representatives are required to attend. All students are invited to attend. Want an issue raised at the next meeting? Add agenda items by emailing sts-aa@ucl.ac.uk

Suggestions Box

A suggestions box is located at the bottom of the stairs opposite room G3 in 22 Gordon Square.

National Student Survey

Each year the National Union of Students, together with a polling organisation, conduct the National Student Survey. This seeks the opinion of final year undergraduates across the country.

If you are a final year undergraduate you can access the NSS via their website.

Register for HPSC modules

Students from other departments

Students from other departments are welcome to register on most STS modules. A few modules have prerequisites and one or two tutors ask that you contact them first to before registering. You can find details on the HPSC module page. Registration is via Portico and places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

  • The departments module-code prefix is HPSC.
  • The module catalogue gives a short description of all HPSC modules together with details of the assessment and any prerequisites or special instructions. 
  • The module directory gives links to the syllabi. We don't have all the 2017-18 syllabi ready to post just yet. The syllabi from last year will give you a good idea of what the module is about.
  • If you have any questions about your suitability for a particular STS course please contact the module tutor.

2nd and 3rd Year STS Students

This timeline below gives instructions for registering on your modules for this coming academic year.

September: Induction week

During Induction Week, you should:

  • Meet with your personal tutor to finalise your module selections.
  • Re-check the online timetable to ensure no clashes have arisen.
  • Obtain personal tutor approval for your module selections. To do this print your module selections from Portico, take the list to your personal tutor and ask them to check and sign it.
  • Submit this approved list to Portico by Friday 6th October 2017, 5:00pm. You must submit this as a signed printed Portico record; e-mails, etc. will NOT be accepted even if signed by a tutor. Your modules will not be approved unless you do this.

Changes to module selections after you have confirmed them must be made by Kayt Newman. Visit her in the STS office in person. Bring your UCL ID card and the portico codes for the modules you wish to swap (i.e. drop HPSC3027 and replace it with HPSC3018). You will be given a new print-out to get signed by your personal tutor and return to the office.

Students who submit their signed Portico print out of module selections to the department office by Friday 6th October will have their selections approved in Portico by Friday 13th October unless teaching approval from another department is required.

General guidelines
  • Students are responsible for ensuring their choices satisfy the requirements in the scheme of award for their chosen programme of study.
  • Students are responsible for balancing their module load between Term 1 and Term 2.
  • Students normally may attempt no more than 1.0 course units (usually 2 x 0.5 course unit modules) outside STS in any session.
  • 3rd year students may not take 1st year/ level 1 modules except when approved by the STS undergraduate tutor.

Remember: it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that your module choices comply with college and department regulations. Errors in your module choices may mean that you have to take more modules than you should or even that you might not be able to graduate. Failure to balance your module load between terms can adversely affect your overall academic performance. If you are unsure CHECK WITH YOUR PERSONAL TUTOR

Module catalogue | Online timetable | Portico


UCL's Student Support and Welfare (SSW) unit has produced some short videos for new students.

Multimedia resources for local inductions:

· Support available to UCL students – 

· Diversity in London – 

Resources provided to new students at enrolment:

· A to Z guide of support at UCL (all new students) –

· International Student Guide  (non UK students) –

Dedicated information for international students:

· FAQs for international students – 

· International Student Orientation Programme (ISOP) information –

· Online ISOP for international students arriving late -