Science and Technology Studies


Masters Degrees (MSc, PGDip, PGCert)

UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) offers two masters degrees (MSc), with related opportunities for postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates.

STS offers qualifications under two titles:

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Science, Technology, and Society

Each title is available as a degree (MSc), postgraduate diploma (PGDip), and postgraduate certificate (PGCert). Full-time and Part-time study options are available, too.

STS masters programmes build on decades of experience teaching at the postgraduate level. We have award-winning tutors, a culture of interdisciplinarity, and an environment that thrives on fresh perspectives. Listen to our students discuss the programme in 2018.

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Two themes

History and Philosophy of Science MSc

Develop breadth and depth with our experts in history of science, philosophy of science, and "integrated HPS," an interdisciplinary speciality we helped create. Modules cover fundamentals in terms of content, analysis, and core literature. They also push in exciting new directions, such as philosophy of information and twenty-first century history. Coursework leaves room for plenty of independent research and develops skills in critical thinking and analysis of source materials.

This programme is designed for enrichment and exploration. It also aims to prepare for a research career. Graduates frequently go on to doctoral programmes in the UK and abroad. It's common for students to use the degree's major research project as a testing ground for a proposal for doctoral funding and admission to doctoral programmes. It's also common for students to have in mind careers such as academic lectureships and museum curatorships.

UCL Programme Codes:

  • TMSHPSSING01 (History and Philosophy of Science MSc)
  • TPPHPSSING01 (History and Philosophy of Science PGDip) 
  • TCPHPSSING01 (History and Philosophy of Science PGCert)

Science, Technology, and Society MSc

Study contemporary science using a variety of disciplines: science policy and governance, science communication and engagement, and sociology of science. This programme is designed to develop research skills key to all social sciences as well as a solid understanding of core knowledge and theory. It also bolsters reflective and interpretive skills. Alongside more analytical pursuits are practical, hands-on skills in science journalism, public engagement, and policy devleopment. 

This programme is designed to prepare for a research career. It also is designed to help bridge the gap between scientists and those involved in setting directions. There's a lot more to science than life at the lab bench. It's common for students to later pursue doctoral research on one element of STS, such as security studies or innovation studies, or on comparative studies of governance. Others enter policy development or move into the consultancy sector or move into communications. It's common for students to enter the programme with general interests in policy or communication and to leave the programme with a sense of expertise in particular issues.

UCL Programme Codes:

  • TMSHPSSSTS01 (Science, Technology, and Society MSc)
  • TPPHPSSSTS01 (Science, Technology, and Society PGDip) 
  • TCPHPSSSTS01 (Science, Technology, and Society PGCert)

Want to know more? 

Download our 2019-20 brochure for our Masters programes. *Please note that the options listed in this booklet are an indicative list of options, not all options run each year, for more information please contact sts@ucl.ac.uk*

2019-20 MSc programmes offered by UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Find out more about the programme in our interview with MSc Admissions Tutor, Dr Jean-Baptiste Gouyon:

Teachers - something special

We regularly have queries from teachers about our qualifications. Some want a bit of refreshing and seek a relatively low impact approach (consider the PGCert). Others seek a change of direction and want to learn more about options for working in science-rich areas. 

We've asked an STS alumnus and current teacher, Victoria Goldsack (History and Philosophy of Science MSc) to discuss her time in the department and how she'll use her new-found knowledge in future lessons.

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Can't listen? A transcript of Victoria's interview is available - .


Contact our MSc Admissions team <sts-msc-admissions@ucl.ac.uk>.