Science, Engineering and Public Policy MPA
This flexible and unique Master's of Public Administration 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 by selecting two elective modules from across UCL.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £17,710 (FT) £8,720 (PT)
- £24,860 (FT) £12,380 (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 Current 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.
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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 three core modules (90 credits), one optional module (15 credits), two elective modules (30 credits), and a Major Group Project module (45 credits).
Students undertake three core modules with students from sister MPA programmes.
- Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy
- Analytical Methods for Policy
- Evidence, Institutions and Power
Students select one optional STEaPP module from the following:
- Science, Technology and Engineering Advice in Practice
- Risk Assessment and Governance
- Communicating Science for Policy
- Negotiations, Mediation and Diplomacy
Students will then also select two further 15-credit graduate modules from any UCL department.
MPA Group Policy Project
In the Group Project, students work with an external client on a relevant policy challenge. With the support of STEaPP academics, the multidiscipinary student groups work together to produce an analysis that meets their clients' needs.
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.
STEaPP will be announcing a limited number of scholarship places for 2018/19. Details to be announced during Summer/Autumn 2017.
To receive further details and updates on scholarships, register your interest or contact email@example.com
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £10,000 towards fees (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
- £10,000 towards fees (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- 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.
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
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 policymaking processes
- learn how to communicate with scientists and engineers, policy makers 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 center 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 policymaking 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. 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
Student / staff numbers
› 40 staff
including 12 postdocs
› 16 taught students
› 13 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee 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.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
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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.