Science and Technology Studies


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


HPSC Modules (Intermediate and Advanced) Years 2 and 3

UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) offers a wide range of modules in history of science, philosophy of science, science policy, and science communication. All UCL students welcome.

HPSC Modules for Second Year and Third Year Undergraduates

In UCL’s classification of undergraduate modules:

  • introductory modules are intended for first year undergraduates.Year 3 students are not able to enrol in introductory modules. Year 2 students should not enrol in introductory modules without consultation with their personal tutors.
  • intermediate modules are intended for second year undergraduates. These are available to Year 3 students and Year 4 students after consultation with their personal tutors. Year 1 students should not attempt these modules without permission from the module tutor.
  • advanced modules are intended for Year 3 students. Year 1 students cannot attempt these modules. Year 2 students can expect to find them especially challenging and should not enrol in more than one or two in their second year.

Not all HPSC modules are offered every year. Discuss module selections with your personal tutor. Ask their advice and make use of their experience.

Syllabus Library for Second Year HPSC Modules


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Policy Issues in the Life Sciences


Science in Popular Culture


Philosophy of Science 2


Science and Ethics


Human Sciences in Society


Science and Religion


Evolution in Science and Culture

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History of Natural Sciences

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Sociology of Science and Technology


Special Topics in History and Philosophy of Science

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Special Topics in Science and Society

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Science and Empire


Engaging the Public with Science


Thinking about Technology

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Medicine and Society

 HPSC0124Science in Government

Syllabus Library for Third Year HPSC Modules

 New Module Code



Science, Warfare and Peace


Science Journalism




Science and the Publishing Industry

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Science Writing

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Science in the Twentieth Century

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Science in the Age of Newton

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History of Astronomy and Cosmology


Philosophy of Natural Sciences


Research-led History and Philosophy of Science

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Research-led Science and Technology Studies
(Topic varies with every offer; see)

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Research Project


Philosophy of Medicine


History of Medicine


Medieval Science

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Philosophy of Chemistry

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Investigating Contemporary Science


Communicating Science in Digital Environments

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Science, Art and Philosophy


Major Internship

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Governing Emerging Technologies


Science, Politics, and the State in Russia and the Soviet Union

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Disease in History


Madness and Society


History of Social Sciences


Philosophy of Cognitive Science

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Philosophy of Information


Science and Film Production


Science in the Ancient World

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Sleep and Dreaming


Science in Nineteenth Century London

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Zoos in Science and Culture

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Nature, Technology, and the Environment

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Globalisation in Theory and Practice

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Philosophy of Social Science

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Philosophy of Biological Sciences

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