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Development, Technology and Innovation Policy MPA

This unique Master's of Public Administration degree provides professionals working in international development with the practical tools and skills to collaborate on policy that responds to the need for balanced growth, social wellbeing and environmental protection in developing countries.

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught-degrees/development-technology-innovation-policy-mpa

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Applicants electing to study the MPA Routes on a part-time basis must be available to study on a full-time basis for the initial term of the MPA (from the end of September to Mid-December).

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 24 July 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
TBC in prospectus (FT)
TBC in prospectus (PT)
Overseas:
TBC in prospectus (FT)
TBC in prospectus (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students are encouraged (but are not required) to have work experience prior to enrolling on this programme.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

Students are taught the conceptual frameworks, policy analysis tools and analytical methods to creatively develop innovative sustainable policy for developing countries. Students also study how development and innovation policies are implemented, evaluated and revised in policy cycles. A focus on leadership and the development of professional skills is emphasised throughout.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits), an elective module (15 credits), and a major group project module (45 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MPA in Development, Technology and Innovation Policy.

Compulsory modules

Students undertake three core modules with students from sister MPA programmes, and a specialist module focusing on their degree topic.

  • Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy
  • Analytical Methods for Policy
  • Development, Technology and Innovation Policy
  • Ethics, Institutions and Power

Optional modules

Students must select one compulsory option from the following STEaPP modules

  • Science Advice for Policy
  • Risk Assessment and Governance
  • Clean Energy and Development
  • Science Funding and Governance
  • Energy, Technology and Climate Policy
  • Digital Technologies and Policy
  • Sustainable Infrastructures and Public Policy
  • Urban Innovation and Policy

Students will then also select one further 15-credit graduate module which is relevant to their degree of study. This module can be selected from any UCL department.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

MPA Group Policy Project

In the group project, students work with an external client on a relevant policy challenge. With the support of STEaPP academic staff, the multidisciplinary student groups work together to produce an analysis that meets their clients' needs. The Group Project is usually around 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme combines innovative classroom teaching methods with unique scenario-based learning, enabling students to dynamically engage with real-world policy challenges. Scenarios are designed to help students consolidate knowledge and develop essential practical skills and their understanding of principles. During the programme, students acquire a comprehensive range of relevant skills.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accomodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Apolitical-STEaPP Scholarship

Value:
£10,000 towards fees (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

STEaPP Merit Scholarships

Note:
Must apply for admission to MPA programme by 22 March 2019
Value:
£10,000 towards fees (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates with Development, Technology and Innovation Policy MPA degrees will typically work in government agencies, corporate regulatory affairs departments or within advocacy groups doing legislative, regulatory or policy analysis. The career path for this type of profession begins as research or policy assistant, moves through policy or research analyst, then to technical consultant or project director or other senior professional roles. Ambitious candidates can work towards top-level positions such as assistant secretary or executive director.

Employability

Through the MPA programme, students will:

  • gain a greater awareness of current issues and developments in innovation, development, science, technology and engineering
  • develop a greater awareness of the knowledge systems underpinning successful policy-making processes
  • learn how to communicate with scientists and engineers, policymakers and industry experts
  • develop the skills to mobilise development, technology and innovation policy, and science and engineering knowledge and expertise, to address the societal challenges they care about.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Developing countries face rapid technological change, increased global interdependencies, and problems such as climate change. This practical programme offers experiential learning for skills needed in innovative development policy-making.

Students undertake a week-long scenario activity on the policy making process where they engage with external experts and UCL academics. Students go on to undertake a nine-month major project for a real-world client involved in development initiatives. Example policy problems include water or energy infrastructure, food, or telecoms.

Students will gain the opportunity to network with UCL STEaPP's broad range of international partners, expert staff and a diverse range of academics and professionals from across the department's MPA and doctoral programmes.

Department: Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This is a professional programme with practical learning activities that will appeal to students who want to master the policy processes that underpin innovative, technical change in developing countries. Although no technical background is required, students should be interested in and willing to engage with ideas from science and engineering. 

Application deadlines

All applicants
24 July 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

What are we looking for?

When assessing your application, the MPA Admissions Panel are particularly looking to understand:

  • why you want to study Development, Technology and Innovation Policy at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to the programme at UCL
  • how your academic and professional background and interests meet the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how the MPA fits with your career goals.

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