Detail on how to apply for PhD study.
Departmental application process and deadlines
All MPhil/PhD admissions decisions are made by the Departmental Graduate Committee, chaired by the departmental Graduate Tutor (Professor Brian Balmer). 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 fairly well defined research proposal at the time of the application. We strongly encourage candidates to contact the STS Postgraduate (Research) Programme Tutor, Professor Brian Balmer. 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 and Technology Studies (STS) 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:
- 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 five pages long (plus a bibliography), and should contain a precise contextualisation in the literature, an original research question and an outline of the methodology you will use in your research (or for purely philosophical projects a clear justification of the research question).
- A brief statement on how your research fits within the department, and a rationale for why STS is the best home for your project.
- Please make sure you complete the personal statement section on the electronic application.
Candidates are also welcome to submit samples of their written work in conjunction with their research proposal. This should be either an essay or a dissertation chapter. Please do not send us an entire dissertation, as we will not be able to read it in full and will therefore not consider it as part of your application.