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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 HPSC0028History of Life SciencesNot Running

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

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 HPSC0036Engaging the Public with Science

Thinking about Technology

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Medicine and Society

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 HPSC0124Science in Government
 HPSC0139History of Science 2

Syllabus Library for Third Year HPSC Modules

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 HPSC0039Science, 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

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Philosophy of Natural Sciences

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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

 HPSC0109Philosophy of Medicine

History of Medicine


Medieval Science

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Philosophy of Chemistry

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Investigating Contemporary Science

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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

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History of Social Sciences


Philosophy of Cognitive Science

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Philosophy of Information


Science and Film Production

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Science in the Ancient World


Sleep and Dreaming

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Science in Nineteenth Century London

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Eugenics in Science and Culture


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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