The full name of our department is:
"UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies"
We abbreviate this to "STS". We count as "science and technology" all subjects falling under the broad category of STEM.
STS wants people to think about science differently. We want
to understand science as a force in modern society. We want to understand what
underpins its successes and failures. We want to understand its boundaries and
In 2015, STS received an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.
- Yes! We accept donations
STS uses cash donations to support our academic enterprise.
First, our priority is to reward students through prizes for top class work.
Second, we support student research and professional development, especially by supporting students who want to travel to professional meetings to discuss their original research and to network. We're proud of our students, and we're happy to help them grow.
Third, we create scholarships and bursaries to allow studies in the first place.
If you're interested in making a donation to STS, you can find more details at the UCL Giving page. Or contact our Head of Department, Professor Joe Cain <email@example.com>.
- STS staff data
In 2016-17, STS starts the session with:
- 18 academic staff on permanent contract
- 7 research fellows
- 6 teaching fellows
- 4 professional services staff
For more details, visit the 'People' section of our site.
STS is part of UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The Faculty is part of the BEAMS School. The school is one the the large units within UCL as a whole. UCL employs thousands of people. Data on staff profiles is available publicly here (link).
- STS history
In 1921 University College London established the first university department in Britain in the field of history and philosophy of science. The Department has offered graduate degrees since then, and many leading scholars in this field began their careers with degrees from UCL. In 1993 an undergraduate BSc programme was launched, with an expanded staff that also included scholars in science communication and science policy. To reflect the widening interdisciplinary nature of our work, the name of the Department was changed in 1996 to the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS). STS is unique in the UK in combining – in one department - teaching and research in history and philosophy of science with social studies of science (including science policy, public understanding of science and science communication).
In 1924 STS launched its first Masters degree. In 1987 postgraduate teaching in our department was merged with similar activities at Imperial College London and the then Wellcome Institute to create the London Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology. At its inception, this was the only such programme in the UK. A decade later, staff were boasting, "we lead the field in feeding outstanding students into PhD programmes and research careers." Our most recent masters programme launched in 2013, offering 2 degrees together with diplomas and certificates.
- FAQs Frequently Asked Questions
This page aims to answer some of the frequently asked questions about the department. You can submit a question by email.
Some questions directly related to our MSc courses are answered at the MSc FAQ page.
Who are "emeritus" academics?
STS has a long history. For many years of meritorious service, it's customary for UCL to offer an "emeritus" appointment. This is the university's way to honour meritorious service. This rank applies to Professors and Readers.
STS emeritus academics include:
- Chang, Hasok: Emeritus Professor
- Gillies, Donald: Emeritus Professor
- Maxwell, Nicholas: Emeritus Reader
- Miller, Arthur I.: Emeritus Professor
- Reeves, Carole: Honorary Senior Lecturer
Who was Alice Farrands?
Alice was a PhD student in STS who died of cancer in 2007. She was nearing completion of her PhD about policy making in the regulation of stem cell research. A prominent feature of this research was a large series of interviews with science policy makers, legislators, and scientists. A related project was her POSTnote on ethical scrutiny of research. Alice taught in the department, and she worked on several research projects with staff. She's sorely missed. In her memory, we've dedicated the graduate students' room as the "Alice Farrands Room".
STS uses this postal address:
UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS)
The department has offices in two UCL buildings. One is based on Gordon Square; another, on Hampstead Road. Locations.
Telephone - 0207 679 1328 (UK) | +44 207 679 1328 (international)
We have a social media presence, which can be found at the following pages:
Twitter - @stsucl
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/STSUCL
The email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" can be used for enquiries.
We operate a mailing list, so that alumni and other interested parties can be kept informed as to new developments in the department. If you're interested in joining the list, please enter your details on the google form below. If you have any questions or issues, please contact email@example.com or visit the direct link at https://goo.gl/forms/lhDOckEQk8amsKoc2