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:

Cain 2010 Evolution The First Four Billion Years


New! 2014 Revision Timetable

2013-14 Session

HPSC module catalogue
HMED module catalogue

HPSC syllabus library
UCL Portico
UCL Timetable


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Module directory: HPSC modules

STS offers a diverse range of modules, covering all aspects of our interdisciplinary field. Links here connect to HPSC module syllabus - these are general plans for the modules - and links to the UCL common timetable. The most recent syllabus is provided here.

STS has absorbed HMED modules, renumbering them as HPSC modules, as below.

Look into our modules

2014-15 session modules open to all UCL students

HPSC BSc modules (pdf)
HPSC MSc modules (pdf)


HPSC module title 2014-15  syllabus archive timetable
HPSC1001 History of Science: Antiquity to Enlightenment 2014-15 2013-14 link
HPSC1003 Philosophy of Science 1
  2013-14 link
HPSC1004 Science Policy   2013-14 link
HPSC1007 Investigating Science & Society
  2013-14 link
HPSC1008 Fundamentals of Science Communication   2013-14 link
HPSC1010 Revealing Science
  2013-14 link
HPSC1011 History of Modern Science   2013-14 link
Sources in History of Science
  2013-14 link
HPSC2001 Policy Issues in the Life Sciences   2013-14 link
HPSC2002 Science in the Mass Media   2013-14 link
HPSC2003 Philosophy of Science 2
  2013-14 link
HPSC2005 Philosophy of Biology   2011-12 link
HPSC2006 Science and Ethics   2013-14 link
HPSC2007 History of Chemistry   2010-11  n/a
HPSC2008 Human Sciences in Society   2013-14 link
HPSC2011 Science, Communication and the Citizen   n/o link
HPSC2012 Science, Religion and Revolution   2013-14 link
HPSC2014 Science Policy Issues in Global Perspective
  2013-14 link
HPSC2015 Investigating Science on a Global Scale   n/o n/a
HPSC2016 Globalisation in Theory and Practice
  2013-14 link

Global Citizenship in Action

HPSC2017A is Term 1 only

HPSC2017B is Term 2 only


Term 1 (A)

Term 2 (B)

HPSC2018 History of Life Sciences (video)   website link
HPSC2019 History of Modern Physical Sciences   n/o n/a
HPSC2020 Philosophy of Medicine
  2013-14 link
HPSC2022 Philosophy of Social Science (video)   2013-14 link
HPSC2023 Sociology of Science (previously HPSC3006)   2013-14 link
HPSC2024 Special Topics in History and Philosophy of Science    n/o n/a
HPSC2025 Special Topics in Science and Society   n/o n/a
HPSC3002 Science, Warfare and Peace   2012-13 link
HPSC3003 Communication of Scientific Ideas   2013-14 link
HPSC3004 Dissertation   website  n/a
HPSC3006 Advanced Sociology of Science   n/o  n/a
HPSC3007 Topics in History of the Physical Sciences   website link
HPSC3010 Popularisation of the Physical Sciences   2012-13 link
HPSC3011 Advanced Science Writing   n/o
HPSC3014 Magic to Science   2013-14 link
HPSC3015 History of Astronomy and Cosmology   2010  
HPSC3020 Philosophy of Natural Sciences
HPSC3022 Frontiers of Knowledge in HPS   n/o
HPSC3024 Frontiers of Knowledge in Science and Society
HPSC3026 Research Project   website  n/a
HPSC3027 Evolution in Science and Culture (video)  



HPSC3028 Advanced Philosophy of Medicine
  2013-14 link
HPSC3029 Medicine, Disease, and History   2013-14 link
HPSC3030 Science and Global History   2013-14 link
HPSC3032 Investigating Contemporary Science   2013-14 link
HPSC3033 Communicating Science in Digital Environments
  2011-12 link
Science, Art and Philosophy
  2013-14 link
HPSC3035 Major Internship    TBC n/a
HPSC3036 Governing Emerging Technologies (video)  



HPSC3040 Science, Politics and the State in Russia and the Soviet Union (video)  



HPSC3041 Disease in History [formerly HMED3010]   2013-14  
HPSC3042 Madness and Society [formerly HMED3004]   2013-14  
HPSC3043 Medicine and Modern Society [formerly HMED3006]   2013-14  
BASC module title     timetable
BASC1002 Interdisciplinary Research Methods Moodle 2013-14 link
MAPS module title      timetable 
MAPS2001 Science Communication and Computing   Moodle link

 n/o - not offered in the upcoming session

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