UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


Development, Technology and Innovation Policy (MPA)

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 different needs.

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

Course information

Candidates undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight 15 credit modules (four of which are common across the MPA suite of programmes, two are route specific and two are elective choices from any other STEaPP module). Candidates may choose either the MPA Group Project or the MPA Individual Project as their final 60 credit module.

If you would like to find out more about any of the modules or course structure, please contact our admissions team: steapp.admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Compulsory modules

Candidates undertake four core modules together with students from sister MPA programmes, two route/specialist modules which focus on their MPA degree topic, and either the MPA Group Project or the MPA Individual Project.

Optional modules

Students must select two STEaPP modules as an additional module, in 2022-23 these will likely be as follows:

MPA Group Project and Individual Project

In the MPA Group and Individual Projects candidates work with an external client on a relevant policy challenge.

The Group Project gives candidates the chance to apply their learnt skills and knowledge to a real-world policy challenge, while working constructively in an interdisciplinary team with the support of UCL STEaPP faculty. The Group Project is the default major component of UCL STEaPP’s MPA programme and offers candidates the full MPA experience. Candidates can submit their preferences for which group project they would like to work on depending on their specific areas of interest. Previous Group Project examples and organisations can be viewed here.

The Individual Project can be selected as an option with prior project approval from the department. Similar to the Group Project, the Individual Project is a major component of UCL STEaPP’s MPA programme, enabling students to work individually on a real-world policy challenge with the support of UCL STEaPP faculty. This option may specifically suit candidates who already have a partner organisation to work with, do not need a project partner for their project or are working towards doctoral studies.

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