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.

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Staff books include:

Gregory - Harvey's Heart

Training for PhD Students

STS produces a series of short courses and workshops to as part of UCL's Skills Development Programme, supported by UCL Graduate School.


Key Concepts in Science and Technology Studies workshops

(2012-13 catalogue of seminars - UCL Graduate School)

Do you ever feel that your research (either in the sciences or in the humanities) is too narrowly focussed and that you may be missing the bigger picture? This course, run by specialists in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, is designed to help.

Using their wide-ranging interdisciplinary expertise, this course sets out to explore the links between the sciences (broadly construed) and the historical, philosophical, and sociological context and issues surrounding them. We envisage the course to be particularly suitable for graduates in both sciences and humanities keen to familiarise themselves with the broader context and questions underlying their research areas. You will be guided towards relevant themes and perspectives through a series of sessions run by each member of STS in turn (each focussing on a particular aspect of the science and technology studies, and broadly falling into the five categories of history of science, philosophy of science, sociology of science, science communication and science policy).

Philosophy of Science workshops

(more information | UCL Graduate School)

These workshops are open to students from all disciplines, but they are especially designed for those engaged in scientific research who would like to have an opportunity to reflect on the aims and methods of science more systematically than they can in the course of their usual work.

Philosophy of science addresses fundamental questions such as the following:

  • What is science? 
  • Is there a valid scientific method?
  • Are scientific theories true? Or do they simply save the phenomena?
  • How do scientists choose between competing scientific theories?

These questions raise serious challenges to our normal understanding of science and scientific practice. The main objective of this introductory course is to cultivate your ability to think through these issues in a clear, novel, and critical way.

Research Communication workshops

(more information | UCL Graduate School)

For many years, Prof Miller has offered this extremely popular series of workshops designed for graduate students in the sciences prepare themselves for careers involving communications with all sorts of non-scientist groups. Prof Miller's career has involved major positions in both astronomy and science communication (more). Each workshop focuses on one particular type of communication. Emphasis is placed on practical skill development, with 1-to-1 time with the tutor.

Communication and Engagement workshops

(more information | UCL Graduate School - to come)

Run by academic staff in UCL STS in cooperation with UCL Public Engagement Unit and UCL Public Policy Unit, this series offers a coherent communication/engagement strand. This includes three workshops:

  1. Public Engagement: Why and What - examines the UK context for arguments for public engagement with research and assess from both a theoretical and a practical perspective what it might mean to effectively engage with the public, and how it might be achieved.
  2. Public Engagement: Who, Where, When and How - considers which are the most appropriate methods of engagement and for which purposes. It will also allow students to consider which participants are most appropriate for any given activity and how to recruit them.
  3. Public Engagement in Practice - an advanced series of workshops intended for students who wish to develop a specific public engagement idea into a concrete proposal/plan for an event.

Interviews and Oral History workshops

(more information | UCL Graduate School)

This practical course is intended for those wishing to use interviews and oral history as a strategy for data collection. This course will be structured as a series of seminars, combining lectures and projects in small groups. 

The course has three aims: (1) improve skills for those wishing to create recorded interviews as part of their data gathering, (2) introduce processes involved in the preparation, conduct, and processing of recorded interviews, and (3) discuss questions relating to the dissemination, preservation, ethics, and budgeting of interviews and resulting materials.

Other training provided by department


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