Science and Technology Studies


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


HPSC Modules (Postgraduate Taught) Masters

UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) offers a diverse range of modules for UCL postgraduate taught students (Masters). Students from other UCL degree programmes welcome.

HPSC Modules for Postgraduate Taught students

The STS Postgraduate Taught Module Catalogue lists HPSC modules offered by UCL Science and Technology Studies (STS). Not all HPSC modules are offered every year. Discuss module selections with your personal tutor. Ask their advice and make use of their experience.

STS Postgraduate Taught Module Catalogue 2022-23


Syllabus library

What does a module require? STS maintains a library of module syllabi. Use these as a guide for the scope and purpose of the module. Please be aware that tutors often change syllabi, adapting them to new information and responding to student feedback.

Science, Technology and Society MSc and History / Philosophy of Science MSc

 Module Code



Science, Art and Philosophy

 HPSC0073Introduction to Science and Technology Studies 

Science and Medicine across Medieval Worlds

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Science in the Eighteenth Century

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 HPSC0080Early Modern Science 

Science in the Nineteenth Century

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Science in Antiquity


Models and Facts in Science

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 HPSC0084Causality, Mechanism and Evidence in Science 

Knowledge, Explanation and Classification in Science

 HPSC0086Special Topics in History and Philosophy of ScienceNot Running 
 HPSC0087Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond 

STS Perspectives on Security and War

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 HPSC0089Curating Science and Technology 

Science, Media and Culture

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Science, Technology, and Identity


Responsible Science and Innovation

 HPSC0093Science Policy in the Era of Risk and Uncertainty 

Political Economy of Science

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Special Topics in Science, Technology and Society 

 HPSC0097Dissertation (60 credits)Not Running2022-23 
 HPSC0110Medicine, History and SocietyNot Running 

Disease in History

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Sociology of Science and Technology


Science Journalism


Methods and Data


Engaging the Public with Science

 HPSC0144Science and the Global System2023-24 
 HPSC0145MSci Research Project in Science and Technology Studies (60 credits)2022-23 
 HPSC0156Health Difference and Inequality2023-24 
 HPSC0157Science, Technology and International Development 
 HPSC0165The Sociology and Politics of the Digital AgeNot Running 

Science Communication MSc

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 HPSC0044Science and the Publishing Industry2022-23 
 HPSC0147Digital Media Skills for Science Communication 
 HPSC0149Practical Science Broadcasting2023-24 
 HPSC0151Practical Science Writing 
 HPSC0152Science Communication and Social Justice 
 HPSC0153Science Communication in a Global Perspective 
 HPSC0155Science Communication Final Project 

Fine print

  1. STS uses the module prefix "HPSC".  
  2. HPSC postgraduate taught modules are available only to students enrolled in UCL postgraduate programmes, such as taught Master's programmes. MPhil-PhD students may be given permission to attend, at the tutor's discretion. STS students interested in modules offered by other departments should examine our Elective Modules information.