UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


BSc degree information

This page provides information for students pursuing BSc degrees in the department and for all students attempting HPSC modules. 

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.

Most STS exams take place in the main examination period in the summer term.

Exams links 

  • Exam Timetable. Your personalised exam timetable is available by logging into Portico.
  • Revision timetable. STS offers revisions sessions for all HPSC modules with an exam in the first week of the summer term.
  • What If? STS's guide to what to do if things go wrong on the day of the exam (and how to avoid this happening).
  • Extenuating Circumstances. Notification form.
  • Deferred Assessment
  • Past Papers
  • Coping With Exams. Advice from UCL's student support pages with revision strategies and ways to avoid exam stress.