Science and Technology Studies


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


PhD programme

UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) offers postgraduate degrees of MPhil and PHD, in the subjects areas of History and Philosophy of Science and Science and Technology Studies.

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 two deadlines:

  • Deadline 1: Tuesday 4 January 2022. For applicants who intend to apply for either UCL or Research Council funding. Only applications received by this date will be considered for funding. All applications received prior to this date will not have a decision made until this time.
  • Deadline 2: Tuesday 10 May 2022. Final deadline for September 2022 entry. All applications received after 4 January will be processed in May. 

Research degrees are offered under two subject headings: History and Philosophy of Science, and Science and Technology Studies.


Apply: Science and Technology Studies MPhil/PhD

Students may specialise in the history of science, the philosophy of science, science communication and public engagement, the sociology of science, science communication and public engagement, the sociology of science and technology, science technology policy research, or a suitable combination of those fields.

STS PhD Window

Current Doctoral Students

Information for current postgraduate (research) students undertaking MPhil and PhD degrees in UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) including support, reading groups and the STS Research Space.

Science, Culture, and Democracy

Science, Culture, and Democracy

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:

History of Science

History of Science

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 and Technology

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Science is a research cluster in UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS).



    Research Clusters
    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.

    Current Projects
    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
    Email: b.balmer@ucl.ac.uk

    Research & Finance Administrator
    Ms Susan Walsh