UCL Module Catalogue


Designing and Managing Citizen Science (GEOG0179)

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Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences
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There are no alternative credit options available for this module.


Citizen Science engages people from all walks of life in scientific projects. Over the past decade Citizen Science has gained popularity as a new way to open-up science to the public, not only within universities, but also governmental bodies, NGOs, research centres, community groups and others. Many organisations - for example, Environment Agency, Thames21, National History Museum, NASA, UNESCO and United Nations' programmes, to mention just a few - currently utilise citizen science. Policy-makers worldwide increasingly recognise the transformative potential of citizen science and announce statements which call for greater attention to citizen science.  Thousands of people worldwide participate as volunteers in hundreds of citizen science programmes that are being launched every day.

Citizen Science can take various forms, which carry different levels of complexity. For those involved in designing and managing citizen programmes a whole new set of skills is required - in technology, science and community organisation, policy-making, science communication, and so on - to run successful programmes and apply for jobs in this area. 

Designing and Managing Citizen Science (GEOG0179) will provide you with these skills and the hands-on experience you need to design, implement and evaluate successful Citizen Science projects. 

Successful citizen science projects are underpinned, amongst others, by: thoughtful design and project management models; effective science communication and outreach mechanisms; engaging the right stakeholders and volunteers at relevant project stages; continued programme evaluation; technical considerations (e.g. finding the right tools to collect and share data; designing user experiences to match user needs); informing relevant policy-making; and progressive adaptation. 

This course can be taken independently, or together with “Introduction to Citizen Science and Scientific Crowdsourcing” (GEOG0152), where the theoretical aspects of r participatory projects are explored in depth.

Both courses, do not assume any prior knowledge of technical skills, and will cover examples from physics, life science, geography, and medical research. It is, therefore, suitable for any postgraduate student at UCL.

Module deliveries for 2024/25 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 2     Postgraduate (FHEQ Level 7)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
In person
Methods of assessment
50% Other form of assessment
50% Coursework
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

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Number of students on module in previous year
Module leader
Dr Artemis Skarlatidou

Last updated

This module description was last updated on 8th April 2024.