Science and Technology Studies


STS offers degrees at each university level: undergraduate, masters, and PhD


Science Communication MSc

We offer a strong Master of Science MSc degree in Science Communication deigned to prepare for the growing range of science communication jobs around the world.

Programme Details
Awards AvailableMSc
Duration1 year Full Time
2 years Part Time
LocationUCL Bloomsbury Campus

UCL's programme in Science Communication brings together one of the biggest groups of science communication researchers and teachers in the world. We are interested in how the relationship between science, technology and society is mediated and how these relationships shape the globally connected world.

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The UCL MSc Science Communication

Developed to prepare students for the growing number of science communication jobs - from journalism and broadcasting, to public relations, public engagement and online campaigning – our MSc Science Communication focuses on state-of-the-art professional communication, journalism and engagement expertise from around the world, combined with an academic underpinning from science and technology studies. We help develop professional-quality communication skills that are thoughtful, creative and change how people think about science in the digital, connected and global world. 

See some of our students’ work and what they have to say Here.  

Find out what our students thought about our new MSc Science Communication course Here.

The UCL MSc Science Communication has three standout features:

  • Practical training delivered by world-leading science communication professionals, closely connected to the wider world of work 
  • An academic backbone informed by Science and Technology Studies 
  • A global perspective on science communication 

Find out more about the programme the modules on offer and how to apply.

Course Content

The curriculum is divided into two parts: theoretical and practical, with a core of three compulsory theoretical modules and three compulsory practical modules, plus a final project. Students also take one optional specialism module and can choose one module from the Level 7 (Master level) HPSC module catalogue.

Core Theoretical Modules:

Core Practical Modules:

Final Project

Specialism Modules:

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The UCL Science Communication Team 

Academic Staff
The programme Co-Directors are Dr Melanie Smallman and Dr Jean-Baptiste Gouyon. Both have academic and practical experience in science communication. 

Dr Melaine Smallman - Co-Director

Melanie Small
Melanie’s research focuses on the social impacts of science and technology and how these impacts shape public views around new and emerging technologies and public policy. She is also founder and Director of Think-Lab, the UK’s first science communication practice.


Full Profile: www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/people/dr-melanie-smallman





Dr Jean-Baptiste Gouyon - Co-Director

Dr Jean-Baptiste Gouyon is Associate Professor in Science Communication, in the department of Science and Technology Studies (STS), at University College London. Primarily trained as a biologist, he holds an MPhil in History of Science (Unversity of Paris 7) and a PhD in Sociology (University of York, UK). His research focuses on the history of public displays of scientific and technological knowledge in visual media. As a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Public Understanding of Science, Gouyon is editor of the rubric “Historical moments in Public Understanding of science”.  In 2019 he published a monograph on the history of wildlife television in Britain (BBC Wildlife Documentaries in the Age of Attenborough, Palgrave). He publishes more widely on the history of science television and science museum displays. Before working in academia, Gouyon was a science journalist in France for a few years, contributing to such French popular science magazines as Science et Vie, les Cahiers de Science et Vie, Science et Vie Junior, or La Recherche.


Full Profile: www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/people/dr-jean-baptiste-gouyon

Other academic staff associated with the science communication programme

Dr Simon Lock

Dr Simon Lock
Dr Lock's research interests focuses on the science communication, public engagement with research, the governance of science, sociology of new technology and science in public.


Full Profile: ucl.ac.uk/sts/people/dr-simon-lock

 Dr Emily Dawson

Dr Dawson's work focuses on how people encounter and engage with science, with an emphasis on equity and social justice. My research and teaching explore how science engagement practices, from school classrooms, to museums, to watching TV at home, set certain kinds of people up to be successful when they encounter science, while others are set up to fail.

Dr Stephen Hughes

Stephen Hughes
Dr Hughes is delivering a Responsible Innovation programme to EPSRC CDT doctoral students across UCL. He is interested in exploring the intersection of emotion and responsibility in research cultures.


Full Profile: iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile








Dr Charlotte Sleigh

Dr Charlotte Sleigh - STS Lecturer (Teaching)
Dr Sleigh is a researcher, writer and practitioner across the science humanities. Her research interests began in the history of biology, and have continued as such with an emphasis on animals. 

Full Profile: iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile






Professor Joe Cain

Professor Joe Cain, UCL Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Professor Joe Cain delivers our module on Science and the Publishing Industry. He’s a historian and philosopher of biology by training, andhe delivers our module on Science and the Publishing Industry. Joe has held positions in academic publishing and trade publishing. He hosts the podcast, WeAreSTS.

Full profile: ucl.ac.uk/sts/cain

You can hear our team talking about their work Here

Practical skills staff
Our practical modules are delivered by science communication professionals, who will help students hone their skills in producing science communication product

Helen Pearson - Chief Magazine Editor for Nature

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Helen is a science journalist and is Chief Magazine Editor for Nature, the world’s leading science journal, where she oversees journalism and opinion content.


Full Profile: helenpearson.info/

Richard Fisher - Senior Commissioning Editor at BBC Future

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Richard is a writer, senior commissioning editor at BBC Future and experienced digital team leader, specialising in science, technology and health journalism.


Full Profile: richardfisher.carrd.co






Noah Baker - Chief Multimedia Editor at Nature

Noah Baker is an award-winning multimedia journalist, Chief Multimedia Editor at Nature, producing content for Nature Video and for the Nature Podcast.

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