UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctoral study at UCL STEaPP offers the opportunity to become a world-class interdisciplinary researcher at the interface of science and public policy.

Students undertaking doctoral study investigate and experiment with the ways science and engineering knowledge shapes decision-making and helps to address today’s major global challenges.

To find out core information about this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length and cost, visit the UCL prospectus site.

Doctor of Philosophy on the UCL Prospectus

Training elements

The taught component of the programme consists of five core training elements (modules from STEaPP) and two specialisation training elements (modules from STEaPP or a sister department within UCL BEAMS). The core modules are the following:

How to Apply

Departmental application process and deadlines

All MPhil/PhD admissions decisions are made by the Graduate Tutor (Professor Yacob Mulugetta) and your potential supervisor. Please note that a key component in the admission decision is the research proposal submitted with the application form. Since the MPhil/PhD is a research-only degree, we expect candidates to have a reasonably well-defined research proposal at the time of the application.

We strongly encourage candidates to contact the STEaPP Departmental Graduate Tutor, Professor Yacob Mulugetta and potential supervisors in advance of submission to discuss their proposal.
You must apply via the UCL online application.
Please select the UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) as your home department in the application. In order to be considered as a prospective PhD candidate, and in addition to the documentation formally required by UCL, you will need to submit the following:

  1. A research proposal
    This should be uploaded as a separate attachment to your application. The proposal is an outline of the research you intend to carry out for your PhD. It should be no more than three pages long (excluding a bibliography).
  2. The name of at least ONE potential supervisor who you would like to review your application
    Identify a STEaPP academic conducting research in your areas of interest. The best way to do this is to check our supervisor section below and read as much as you can about their research to ensure that they are suitable for you.

    Send them an email (i) introducing yourself, (ii) outlining your research interests, (iii) explaining that you wish to apply to the STEaPP PhD Programme and (iv) would like to list them as a potential supervisor in your application.

    List their name under the "supervision" section of your application.
  3. A Personal Statement
    Please make sure you complete the personal statement section on the electronic application. Please include a brief statement on how your research fits within the department, and a rationale for why STEaPP is the best home for your project.
  4. Academic transcripts for each of your degree level qualifications
    Transcripts should be uploaded to UCL Select. They should outline both the grades you achieved in individual modules and the overall grade you obtained in your degree programme, degree certificates are not sufficient. Transcripts must be translated into English.

Fees and funding


Information on UCL tuition fees

Scholarships and Funding

There are various scholarship and funding opportunities available to MPhil/PhD students at STEaPP.

UCL Scholarships

View a full list of scholarships and more general funding information

There is also the UCL scholarship finder, that all prospective students can use to find potential funding - Scholarships Finder

Scholarships for students not currently enrolled 

UCL Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarships

Application guidance and documents can be located on the Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarships pages.

UCL EPSRC DTP – Open Doctoral Studentships Competition

The UCL EPSRC DTP Studentships Open Competition aims to recruit outstanding students to undertake fully-funded PhD projects (fees, stipend, training fund) at UCL. Information, opportunities and resources for students considering applying for EPSRC-funded Doctoral Training at UCL can be found here.

UCL Cybersecurity CDT scholarships

These studentships are offered via the UCL Centre for Doctoral Training in Cybersecurity, an exciting collaboration between three UCL departments - Computer Science (CS), Security and Crime Science (SCS), and Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) - designed to increase the capacity of the UK to respond to future information and cybersecurity challenges.

For full details about the CDT in Cybersecurity and the studentships, please click here.

For overseas students only

Overseas students are encouraged to apply for Commonwealth and British Council Scholarships in those countries where they are administered.


Dr Irina BrassAssociate Professor of Regulation, Innovation and Public Policy
Professor Joanna ChatawayProfessor of Science and Technology Policy
Dr Adam CooperAssociate Professor of Policy Research and Practice
Professor Sarah EdwardsProfessor of Bioethics
Dr Bipashyee GhoshLecturer in Engineering, Innovation and Public Policy
Dr Irina LazarAssociate Professor (Teaching) in Engineering and Public Policy
Dr Jean-Christophe (JC) MauduitAssociate Professor of Science Diplomacy
Dr Jenny McArthurAssociate Professor in Urban Infrastructure and Policy
Professor Geoff MulganProfessor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation
Professor Julius MugwagwaProfessor of Health Innovation and Public Policy
Professor Yacob MulugettaProfessor of Energy and Development Policy
Professor Arthur PetersenProfessor of Science, Technology and Public Policy
Dr Roser PujadasLecturer in Digital Innovation
Dr Sarah-Louise QuinnellAssociate Professor (Teaching) in Science and Technology Policy Practice
Dr Elisa RandazzoLecturer (Teaching) in Politics, Social Change and Innovation
Dr Jesse SowellLecturer in Internet Governance and Policy
Dr Ine SteenmansAssociate Professor in Futures, Analysis and Policy
Dr Chris Tyler Associate Professor in Science Policy and Knowledge Infrastructure
Dr Carla-Leanne WashbourneAssociate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy
Professor James WilsdonProfessor of Research Policy