This 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.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
Part-time students will typically be required to attend on two half days per week in term time (4-6hrs per week). The timings of the sessions will be dependant on the MPA route followed by the student.
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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.
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.
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 eight 15 credit modules (five of which are common across the MPA suite of programmes, two are route specific and one is an elective choice of any other STEaPP module). Students may choose either an MPA Individual Project OR the MPA Group Project as their final 60 credit module.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MPA in Development, Technology and Innovation Policy.
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.
Students undertake five core modules together with students from sister MPA programmes, and two route/specialist modules which focus on their MPA degree topic.
Students then have one further elective choice in which they may select one further module from any STEaPP are providing in that year. Students also have a choice for their final project, in which they may take either an MPA Individual Project OR the MPA Group Project.
- Public Administration
- Evidence for Decision Making
- Foundations in Development, Technology and Innovation Policy (Route Specific)
- Knowledge and Governance
- Analytical Methods for Policy
- Development Technology and Innovation Policy (Route Specfic)
- MPA Individual Project or MPA Group Project
Students have a choice for their final project, in which they may take either an MPA Individual Project OR the MPA Group Project.
Students must select one STEaPP module as an additional module, in 2020-21 these will likely be as follows;
- Gender and Technology
- 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
- Further information about these modules is available on the department website.
MPA students may choose between an MPA Individual Project or MPA Group Project for their final piece of work. In the Group Project, students work with an external client on a relevant policy challenge. For the Individual Project, students may develop a dissertation, policy analysis, or other research project to work on (individually or with an existing employer or their own sourced policy organisation).
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, simulations and case studies 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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
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. Practical insights are gained via the MPA Group Project with a real-world client on a relevant topic, or via the MPA individual Project allowing work with an existing employer, their own sourced policy organisation or on a self determined research project.
Department: Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy
Application and next steps
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, technology, and engineering.
- All applicants
- 11 August 2020
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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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