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Science, Engineering and Public Policy MPA

This flexible Master's of Public Administration (MPA) is designed for professionals who want to lead change and navigate decision making at the intersection of science, engineering and public policy. The degree combines core content on policy making, analysis and frameworks with the opportunity to focus on areas tailored to your individual interests.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Part-time students will typically be required to attend on two half days per week in term time (4-6hrs in total per week). The timings of the sessions will be dependant on the MPA route followed by the student.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 28 August 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£19,520 (FT)
£10,240 (PT)
Overseas:
£27,460 (FT)
£13,640 (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 policies relevant to science and engineering contexts. Students also study how policies are implemented, evaluated and revised in policy cycles. A focus on leadership and the development of professional skills is emphasised throughout. Students also gain insights from policy practitioners, industry experts and UCL researchers.

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 from 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 Science, Engineering and Public 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.

Compulsory modules

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.dents undertake three core modules with students from sister

  • Public Administration
  • Evidence for Decision Making
  • Policy making
  • Foundations in Science, Engineering and Public Policy (Route Specific)
  • Knowledge and Governance
  • Analytical Methods for Policy
  • Science Funding and Governance (Route Specific)
  • MPA Individual Project OR MPA Group Project

Students also have a choice for their final project, in which they may take either an MPA Individual Project OR the MPA Group Project.

Optional modules

Students must select one STEaPP module as an additional module, in 2020-21 these will likely be as follows;

  • Gender and Technology
  • Clean Energy and Development
  • Risk Assessment and Governance
  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Public Policy
  • Development, Technology and Innovation Policy
  • Energy, Technology and Climate Policy
  • Urban Innovation and Policy
  • Digital Technologies and Policy

Final report

MPA students may chose 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. With the support of STEaPP academic staff, the multidisciplinary student groups work together to produce an analysis that meets their clients' needs. For the Individual Project, students may develop a dissertation, policy analysis or other research project to work on (indivdually or with an existing employer/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.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation 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

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

Through this MPA, graduates develop the skills and insights to work for a range of policy/strategy focused organisations, including:

  • National and local government
  • Think tanks and consultancies
  • International agencies such as the World Bank, United Nations and other global organisations
  • Multilateral development banks such as the African Development Bank
  • Government offices of innovation and development  
  • Environment agencies
  • Transportation agencies
  • Planning agencies
  • Corporate and institutional sustainability offices
  • Network organisations (e.g. C40 Cities)
  • Public water and energy utilities

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 technology, science and engineering innovations and expertise to address societal challenges

Why study this degree at UCL?

Science and engineering are at the centre of an increasing number of policy issues that affect every aspect of society. This unique and practical programme offers experiential learning for the skills and knowledge that leaders need to navigate policymaking at the intersection with science and engineering. 

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 on a policy challenge for a real-world client or undertake their own Individual Project independantly or with an existing employer. Example policy areas include resources, energy, waste, transport, or communications

Students will gain the opportunity to network with UCL STEaPP's broad range of international partners, expert faculty 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 mobilisation of science and engineering inputs into policy processes in diverse fields. 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
28 August 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Science, Engineering and Public Policy at graduate level, and at UCL particularly
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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