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 2013 Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought

Natural Sciences BSc

STS contributes to UCL's Natural Sciences BSc and MSci degree programmes. This page is provided for those exploring how STS fits into the programme and considering the core streams we contribute.

Degrees Qualification
UCAS U80 CFG0 Natural Sciences BSc
UCAS U80 FGC0 Natural Sciences MSci
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Core streams offered by STS

STS contributes one core stream to UCL's Natural Sciences programme. This can only be taken only as a minor stream. It is designed to support the major science-training streams. We aim to make you a better scientist.

Policy, Communication, and Ethics (PCE) - NEW  

2013-14 entry and onwards

Policy, Communication, and Ethics explores science policy and the many ways science is discussed and put to work. This includes practical skill development in science policy-making and science communication. It also involves developing tools for critical and reflective thinking in research ethics and responsible research.

Moodle site for PCE students (link)

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History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science (HPSSS)  

2012-13 entry and previously

History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science examines how science has developed historically, and the foundations on which its principles and methods are based. HPSSS also looks at science in its wider intellectual and cultural contexts, and asks how it is directed and funded by society, and how people get to learn about, and influence the scientific enterprise.

The HPSSS core stream is winding down. No new entries are available. Students on the programme will continue. Those entering their second year of HPSSS at the start of 2013-14 may transfer into PCE but are not required to.

Moodle site for HPSSS students (link)

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STS representative for NatSci students

Dr Phyllis Illari
22 Gordon Square, room 1.2
phyllis.illari@ucl.ac.uk | 0207 679 2486 | 

Dr Illari is the STS Natural Sciences stream representative and can advise on matters relating to the degree programme and the STS streams.

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Above average teaching

Data from a 2012-13 survey of Natural Sciences students.

Year 1 student feedback in 2012-13 STS NatSci overall
Help and general availability of Staff in the individual departments  toward Natural Sciences students 3.8 3.6
The academic tutorial/workshop/problem class provisions 3.7 3.5
The programme is intellectually stimulating 4.2 4.0
Staff have made the subjects interesting 4.0 3.6
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About STS

UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (better known as “STS”) is an interdisciplinary community of specialists who study scientists, the work they do, and the ways they interact with everyone else. We combine (1) history and philosophy of science, (2) science communication, public engagement, and evaluation, and (3) science policy, ethics, and governance. We aim to study science, technology, and medicine in every period and region. We place particular emphasis on how all these specialities help us understand what science is doing today and where it might be going in the future.

We helped design the Natural Sciences programme. Our core streams are designed to promote deeper reflection about science itself. How has science evolved over time and across different cultures? How secure are its methods? How do developments in science speak to fundamental questions about our humanity, the nature of reality, and the meaning of life? Who should govern science, and where should we set limits on emerging technologies? How do media representations shape the way we think about science and its contributions?

STS core streams also develop career-enhancing skills designed to add flexibility to your future. Learn from professional communicators and engagers, and build your own portfolio. Learn from policy specialists how experts, the public, and politicians are involved in shaping science. Learn how to use the reflective thinking and research skills we develop to travel more deeply into subjects as varied as ethics, new technology, and museum heritage. Learn how to evaluate effectiveness so you can convince others that there’s a difference between the substantive and the superficial.

For more information on STS modules, visit our module catalogue (link)

STS core streams have no additional subject requirements. Entry into the Natural Sciences programme is sufficient.

  • UCL natural sciences (link)
  • UCL natural sciences current students (link)

Please note: STS core streams are available only as minor streams in the overall degree structure. We have designed our programme to complement, not compete with, major streams in the programme.

Year 1 student feedback in 2012-13 STS NatSci overall
Help and general availability of Staff in the individual departments  toward Natural Sciences students 3.8 3.6
The academic tutorial/workshop/problem class provisions 3.7 3.5
The programme is intellectually stimulating 4.2 4.0
Staff have made the subjects interesting 4.0 3.6

Page last modified on 12 sep 14 11:13 by Emma Tobin


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