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 2007 Sewall Wright Taught Me spacerAthena Swan Bronze Award

STS Research

This page brings together the many research-led activities underway in the department.

REF2014 Results

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise 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, with STS contributing to the overall strong performance of each unit.

If you're interested in knowing more we have provided further analysis of the STS REF2014 results.

Externally funded research

We have attracted funding from a wide range of external organisations, resulting in a huge variety of recent and ongoing research projects within the department.

Join the conversation

Our staff are keen to share their research findings as widely as possible.  We promote discussion and debate through our reading groups and conferences, and host a variety of seminars related to our core disciplines.  Our flagship Haldane Lecture series runs twice a year, drawing on the very best of international talent within our areas of speciality.

In addition to publishing our work via academic routes (see our departmental list of publications here), we also make an effort to engage schools, community groups and other public audiences, in particular through our Science and Society series.   We also provide more lasting summaries of our work through the STS Occasional Papers series, the STS Observatory blog, and various podcasts and videos.

For the latest news on what is happening within the department check out our Events page.  You can also view individual staff members' research activity via the STS staff websites

Our wider research family

We have an extensive network of honorary appointments and academic visitors from all over the world.  If you are interested in seeking an unpaid fellowship or academic affiliation with us please see our fellowship opportunities page for advice.

Ethics approvals

We have a stringent department-level ethics review process for any research involving collecting data from 'live' human participants.

Page last modified on 21 may 15 19:20 by Karen Bultitude

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