UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies is an interdisciplinary centre for the integrated study of science's history, philosophy, sociology, communication and policy, located in the heart of London. Founded in 1921. Award winning for teaching and research, plus for our public engagement programme. Rated as outstanding by students at every level.

At UCL, the academic mission is paramount. Our ambition is to achieve the highest standards in our teaching and research.

Join us for BSc, MSc, and PhD study.

Staff books include:

Cain 2009 Descended from Darwin spacerAthena Swan Bronze Award



This page aims to answer some of the frequently asked questions about the department. Submit a question here.

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.

STS emeritus academics include:

  • Chang, Hasok: Emeritus Professor
  • Gillies, Donald: Emeritus Professor
  • Maxwell, Nicholas: Emeritus Reader
  • Miller, Arthur I.: Emeritus Professor

See our full staff directory here.

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 (link or pdf). 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".

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