The doctoral program is a vibrant community that regularly meets in reading groups, a work in progress seminar series, and many other occasional initiatives. Students are able to take advantage of networking opportunities with prominent London museums, academies and research institutions. PhD graduates at UCL-STS have continued to successful academic careers in the UK and overseas, while others have taken up careers in policy, business and cultural institutions championing science communication and engagement.
Applications to the postgraduate research programs have three deadlines, please ensure you apply by the correct date. The department does not operate a rolling application system.
- Deadline 1: Monday 27th November 2023, 23.59 GMT (TBC). This deadline is ONLY for applicants who are applying for ESRC DTP funding.You must submit both a PhD application and apply directly to the ESRC. Only applications received by this date will be considered for funding.
- Deadline 2: Tuesday 2nd January 2024, 23.59 GMT (TBC). This deadline is for applicants who are applying for UCL or external funding excluding ESRC DTP. You must submit both a PhD application and apply directly to the relevant funder. Only applications received by this date will be considered for funding.
- Deadline 2: Tuesday 7th May 2024, 23.59 GMT (TBC). Final deadline for September 2024 entry. All applications received after 3rd January will be processed in May.
- ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD FOLLOW THE DEPARTMENTAL INSTRUCTIONS ON 'HOW TO APPLY' Applications should have an agreed research supervisor in place at the time of submission.
Research degrees are offered under two subject headings: History and Philosophy of Science, and Science and Technology Studies.
Investigating how the sciences interact with culture in democratic and other political contexts enables us to understand, intervene and improve this relationship. Our interests within this research cluster divide into three inter-connected themes, which we review on an annual basis:
The History of Science research cluster has a common interest in how knowledge, and the practices it has entailed, shaped and was shaped by past societies. Our goal is to recover, understand and communicate the rich variety of routes to scientific knowledge that can be found in the past and make the present.
Philosophy of Science is a research cluster in UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS).
Explore the department’s research clusters and our ongoing projects on our Research page.
UCL Scholarships: find the currently available Studentships with the Scholarships and funding tool.
We invite you to take a look at the current PhD projects hosted in STS.
Questions & Answers: There's a lot you should ask and a lot for us to tell you in our FAQ section
PhD Programme Tutor
Prof. Brian Balmer
Tel: 0207 679 3924
Research & Finance Administrator
Ms Susan Walsh